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Letter: Services for Minnesotans with disabilities are at risk

We are part of The Trust Project.

Providing quality support for individuals with disabilities in our community is priority number one for many area agencies. This has been the case for decades, and in recent years these committed providers have found it increasingly difficult to retain a full staff.

We need your help to keep these services strong and people with disabilities actively involved in our community.

Three years ago, the state made a commitment to Minnesotans with disabilities and the direct care staff who support their independence. Service providers were promised a rate increase to help recruit and retain dedicated employees. Due to a technicality in the reimbursement policy, the state is at risk of breaking that commitment and cutting tens of millions of dollars from the financial assistance.

Rochester area providers are bracing for a potential cut to future funding. Collectively, five of these agencies have calculated a collective future annual cut of over $2.1 million. This would be devastating for our community.

Legislation is currently introduced to address this issue (SF 2889 and HF 3191). Add your voice to the others from our community by contacting your legislators.

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Cindy Ostrowski,Rochester

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