The 2018/19 budget provides a $74 million increase for services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. The amount annualizes significant investments from FY 17/18 and continues building capacity to increase the number of individuals served. Within this total, the budget targets $16 million to enroll 965 individuals with an intellectual disability or autism in waivers to provide supports and services so they can remain in their homes and communities. This includes the following:
- 100 individuals from the emergency waiting list into the Consolidated Waiver;
- 800 individuals into the Person/Family Directed Support Waiver and the Community Living Waiver;
- 40 individuals from the interest list into the Adult Community Autism Programs (ACAP); and
- 25 individuals transitioning from state centers to community placements.
Approximately 800 individuals with an intellectual disability or autism are leaving the special education system every year. This investment will fully alleviate the functional deterioration that occurs with individuals who are home with no activity, helping families to avoid a service “cliff” at age 21. The Community Living Waiver and Consolidated Waiver will allow counties to meet the growing needs of existing participants and provide support for high school graduates. Significantly, this budget will provide funding for students not only graduating in June of 2018, but also in June of 2019 to alleviate this ongoing concern.
Since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, funding for services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism has experienced $350 million in growth. For questions, contact Jack Phillips at or Carol Ferenz.