Sign-on Letter: Ensure Access to Community Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism (LD967)

Maine's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities services system is on the verge of collapse due to a decade of rate cuts compounded by rising costs. People currently receiving services see a revolving door of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) or overworked support staff struggling to fill shifts, while those coming off the waitlist are denied placement. LD967 seeks to resolve this crisis and seeks to restore the system to full strength, by

1) Recognizing the real and dire circumstances of the crisis and appropriately designating the bill as emergency legislation;
2) Returning rates to 2007 and adjusting for inflation; and
3) Providing for future annual inflation adjustments.

If you are an individual with a developmental disability, family member, guardian, caretaker or advocate for Mainers with IDD and would like to show your support for the bill, Community Connect ME is offering a "sign-on" opportunity.

Please add your name, town and role by 12:00 PM, April 1, 2017.  Names will be submitted to the Health and Services Committee at the Public Hearing on April 3, 2017.

Thank you for supporting this effort. 

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* 1. Last Name:

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* 2. First Name:

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* 3. Town or City of Residence:

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* 4. Role:  (Individual, family member/guardian, caretaker)

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* 5. E-mail address