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Thousands of Developmentally Disabled MN Residents Can't Get State Services

January 30, 2009

St. Paul. MN - The list of people with developmental disabilities who are waiting to receive help from the state is growing. Their families also are having a harder time paying the fees for those services, according to a coalition of organizations appealing to the Minnesota Legislature to reduce costs and allow Minnesota residents with disabilities to live more independently.

Steve Larson, public policy director for The Arc of Minnesota, says there already are 5,000 residents on the waiting list for a variety of state services. He worries about Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal, which would add almost 200 more to that list, each year.

"If the state doesn't take action to address this now, then that waiting list will just grow and more people will be in need of that type of service."

Larson says some families of people with developmental disabilities have seen state service fees triple in recent years. More funding cuts, he adds, will increase the barriers for families who qualify for assistance.

"We think these services should be available for all of those citizens waiting for services, and so, there's a big gap there, and we're going to try and narrow that gap."

Larson expects two bills to be introduced that would improve access to assistance for housing, education, job training and other services.

Art Hughes, Public News Service - MN