Friday, February 6, 2015

Desperation Grows Amid Maryland Cuts

Community service providers to the developmentally disabled are “honestly at a desperate point” in continuing to operate, Laura Howell of the Maryland Association of Community Services told the Senate Budget Committee Thursday.
Self-advocates spoke to O’Malley
 Chief of Staff John Griffin. 
The state’s reimbursement for direct support staff “is the lowest that it has ever been,” Howell said. Gov. Martin O’Malley cut their reimbursement in this year’s budget in January, and that level was continued in Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget.

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