Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fla.'s Funding Formula Seeks to Close Budget Gap

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The state agency providing care for about 30,000 Floridians with developmental disabilities is implementing a new funding formula to squeeze the most service out of every tax dollar, while giving families more discretion in using their state allocations.
The iBudget Florida program will be implemented across the Panhandle and much of North Florida by April 1. Michael Hansen, director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, said Wednesday the new system may mean less money for caregivers of some people with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities – but that funding will be tailored to the needs of each client.
That’s what the “I” in iBudget stands for – individual.

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