The Governor and his administration initiated much of the additional funding with his budget blueprint in January. Since then, the House and the Senate heard our concerns about the gaps in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) line items including Family Support, Community Day and Employment, Transportation, Autism Omnibus, and the Autism Children’s Waiver.
The House and the Senate each provided specific increases in their budgets. We are especially grateful to the Conference Committee for the additional funding for Community Day and Employment and Autism Omnibus. Overall, we are pleased to report, that through the work of the legislature and the advocacy of our community, the budget received a $17,850,000 boost for people served by DDS.