Yesterday the Appropriations Committee passed the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 with funding for two following items on LaCAN's advocacy agenda:
- $170,000 was restored to Families Helping Families (as proposed by Rep. Schroder)
- $500,000 was added for EarlySteps (as proposed by Rep. Thierry) Note: An additional $2.5 Million is needed to fully fund this program
Several committee members also expressed an interest in finding more funding for the remaining agenda items, including waivers.
Other amendments of interest for people with disabilities included:
- $250,000 added for Louisiana's Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
- $75,000 dedicated to the Advocacy Center's Supported Independent Living Project
The budget's next stop will be on the House floor (see flow chart above). Legislators can add or cut funding throughout this process, so it is important that they continue to hear from you.
If you think waiver services, Families Helping Families, and EarlySteps
should be a priority, it's time to take action!
Call or email your State Representative by Thursday May 21st.