From Governor Tom Wolf's Message to the PAR 2017 Solutions Conference:
Hi, I’m Governor Tom Wolf, and I’m delighted to address you today at the 2017 PAR Solutions Conference. When I joined you last year I was moved by your devotion to people with intellectual disability or autism. Your work is incredibly important and I was proud to recommend the first rate increase in ten years for your services, as well as funds to address Pennsylvania’s lingering waiting list. I recognize how important these services are to your membership, people with autism, and their families. Together, we’ve made progress but there’s more to do.
We must continue to support and invest in those programs and ensure that Direct Support Professionals are paid a living wage.
I wish that I could join you again this year but please know that I support your efforts, and I will continue to advocate for quality services for people with autism and intellectual disability in Pennsylvania. Thank you, and have a great conference.