UCP Central PA Advocates for the Independence, Full Citizenship, Development, and Support of Individuals with Disabilities

UCP of Central Pennsylvania is an advocate for federal and state legislation and initiatives that promote the independence, full citizenship, development, and support of people with disabilities.

Promoting Independence, Full Citizenship, Development and Support

To that end, we encourage site visitors to join us in advancing our efforts to secure equal and unhindered access to education, employment, transportation, public accommodations, and government services for individuals with disabilities and to support our cause on disability-related issues such as accessibility, equality, and inclusion. We seek meaningful reform through several avenues: legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy, and public awareness and education.

We direct your attention to the following action alerts

From the 2014-15 state budget: The Attendant Care line item, which includes both the waiver and Act 150, would receive an additional $9.7 million or 8.6%. This provides funds to serve an additional 396 people in the Attendant Care Waiver. We are told that it also includes funding to eliminate the Act 150 waiting list, which included 286 people as of March 31, 2014. It also includes funding for a rate increase for personal assistance services and for service coordination.

From the 2014-15 state budget: The Governor had proposed an increase in state funds of $2.1 million or 12.8%. This included $1.1 million to provide a full year of services to an additional 100 adults with autism who are on the interest list, waiting for services. The final budget added additional funds amounting to an increase of $3,578,000 over 2013-14. Apparently, $1.3 million of that increase is for four legislative initiatives funding specific treatment or training programs.

From the 2014-15 State Budget, HB 2328: State funding increased by 3.9%, or almost $40 million. This includes funds to serve an additional 700 people with intellectual disabilities graduating from high school special education programs and 400 people off the emergency waiting list. The Governor had proposed a larger 5.8% increase. The final budget, while less than the Governor’s proposal, is intended to serve the same number of people but will start the services later in the year. As of May 31, 2014, there were 4,185 people on the emergency waiting list. The budget also includes state funds to move 50 people from state centers to the community. As of June 2014 there were 995 people living in state centers.

The 2014-15 state budget provides an additional $34,026,000 in state funds or a 15.5% increase. This includes funds to serve an additional 15 people in OBRA, 108 people in Commcare and 1,080 in Independence for a total of 1,203 people. Funding for specialized services in nursing homes has been moved to the Long Term Care line item.

ABLE Legislation

UCP's Jeff Cooper and other stakeholders talked to Senator Bob Casey yesterday about the importance of his proposed Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act - S. 313/H.R. 647). The ABLE Act would allow for the creation of tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.

We also collaborate with various local and state organizations

  • Policy Information Exchange (sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Council)
  • Disability Rights Network
  • The ARC of Pennsylvania

We encourage you to contact your state and national legislators on issues of importance to you

  • Pennsylvania General Assembly
  • United States House of Representatives
  • United States Senate

Get In Touch

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