Crisis and Opportunity are the themes that reflect our work at The Arc each day and each week.
“Crisis” is due to the pandemic and related financial limits placed upon our services. Most day and employment providers will be forced to close settings by winter if funding projected for October remains at that level.
Present family supports funding needs to return to June levels if we want to preserve families. Caregivers in cost-effective programs such as adult family or foster care should receive additional stipends to address their 24/7 care. We can’t allow this crisis to result in losses which will take a decade to overcome.
We also can seize “opportunity” by recognizing novel approaches through pilot projects in technology, self-direction, employment, and family support. The use of technology in homes and employment during the pandemic is but one aspect of what is possible.
We have only scratched the surface. Opportunity can lead to new possibilities over time. But crisis and danger to our system of care is what we also face.
Let’s advocate together so we can minimize the negative fall-out and have a sturdy foundation to build for the future.