The DAC of Aitkin County was excited to present Rep. Dale Lueck with a wooden U.S. flag made by DAC workers as an appreciation of thanks.
Rep. Lueck was instrumental in helping pass a bill that will give some financial relief to disability employment and life enrichment service providers across Minnesota. After a long battle, during the third special session, the State Legislature passed a $30 million financial relief package for providers that were ordered to shut down from late March through May, due to COVID-19.
Disability support providers are a pay-for-service profession, said DAC Executive Director Tammy Jo Johnson. The shut down left most with no revenue to support basic expenditures during the period. Even today, with Department of Human Services restrictions, she said providers are still stretched to make ends meet. Throughout the state of Minnesota, over 100 providers are supporting and encouraging over 26,000 individuals with disabilities. Without them, people would no longer have the support structure that enables them to lead purposeful and enriched lives, said Johnson. "The DAC is thankful to have the support of our local community and Dale’s commitment to keeping disability services strong," she said.