As Congress heads home for the last weeks of August, we must focus on funding for HCBS! People with disabilities rely on home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for everyday things like employment supports, getting around the community, dressing, bathing, taking medication, and much more.
But there isn’t enough money in the HCBS program to support everyone. Too many people are stuck on waiting lists and not getting the services they need. Direct care workers are underpaid, which leads to high turnover, critical staffing shortages, and compromised care for many people with disabilities. All too often, this means unpaid family caregivers are filling in the gaps of care.
The pandemic has made the disability direct support worker crisis worse than ever. It’s long past time for a HISTORIC investment in disability funding.
Act now so people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce can get the support they need!
Contact Congress now because #CareCantWait!