Why It Matters
In rural Colorado, living a meaningful life within the community, with the necessary supports for independence, is crucial for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Medicaid serves as the primary funding source for long-term supports and services for people with disabilities. However, individuals who desire to receive their services in community settings currently lack entitlement to home and community-based services (HCBS). While states have the option to fund HCBS programs, it is not mandatory, resulting in a shortage of availability. This creates waiting lists and leaves an unknown number of people without access to the service delivery system.
To address these challenges effectively, it is crucial to establish a well-trained and fairly compensated workforce of direct support professionals. They play an essential role in delivering the necessary supports and services to our constituents in the places they call home and work. By investing in these dedicated professionals, we can improve the lives of individuals with I/DD and ensure they receive the assistance they need within our rural Colorado communities, without unnecessary delays.
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