Developmental Disabilities http://wrkf.org en DHH Secretary: Disability Services Still A Priority, Despite Funding Veto http://wrkf.org/post/dhh-secretary-disability-services-still-priority-despite-funding-veto <p></p><p>At the close of the recent legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed additional funding to pay for services for the developmentally disabled.</p><p>Two weeks ago, an effort to override the veto failed.</p><p>The $3.9 million would have covered a partial year of comprehensive at-home disability services for an additional 200 people through what are called "New Opportunity Waivers".</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:49:37 +0000 Ashley Westerman 13873 at http://wrkf.org DHH Secretary: Disability Services Still A Priority, Despite Funding Veto Speaker Against Special Session http://wrkf.org/post/speaker-against-special-session <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Leadership of the Louisiana state legislature is speaking out against the Democrat minority push to call a special veto session.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Democrats want a session to address Governor Jindal’s line-item vetoes to strike funding to expand care for the developmentally disabled.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said in a statement that a veto session could produce unintended consequences.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:24:40 +0000 Kelly Connelly 12795 at http://wrkf.org Proponents of Community-Based Waiver Supports Call For More Funding http://wrkf.org/post/proponents-community-based-waiver-supports-call-more-funding <p>Despite the threat of rain, proponents of state-funded supports that allow developmentally disabled individuals to live at home – rather than in institutions or group homes – rallied at the state capitol Wednesday.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 13:15:07 +0000 Ashley Westerman 9796 at http://wrkf.org Proponents of Community-Based Waiver Supports Call For More Funding De-Institutionalizing Louisiana, Part Two: Demand vs. Expansion http://wrkf.org/post/de-institutionalizing-louisiana-part-two-demand-vs-expansion <p>In Boyce, La., <a href="http://stmarys-rts.org/">St. Mary’s Residential Training School</a> offers both residential care and educational services for individuals with developmental disabilities.</p><p>This concludes our <a href="http://wrkf.org/post/de-institutionalizing-louisiana-part-one-waivers-vs-facilities">two-part series</a> on the state’s goal to wind down the number of individuals living in places like St. Mary’s.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 8607 at http://wrkf.org De-Institutionalizing Louisiana, Part Two: Demand vs. Expansion De-Institutionalizing Louisiana, Part One: Waivers vs. Facilities http://wrkf.org/post/de-institutionalizing-louisiana-part-one-waivers-vs-facilities <p>Louisiana's efforts to move more individuals with developmental disabilities out of congregate living and back into the home with supports actually started pretty late compared to the rest of the country.</p><p>In the 1980s when other states were beginning to shut down their large, state-run facilities as part of the national de-institutionalization movement, Louisiana was still building. Only in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina forced the shutdown of the New Orleans metropolitan facility did the state start ramping up its de-institutionalizing efforts.</p><p>This is the first of a <a href="http://wrkf.org/post/de-institutionalizing-louisiana-part-two-demand-vs-expansion">two-part</a> series exploring the progress of that effort over the years since.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 8600 at http://wrkf.org De-Institutionalizing Louisiana, Part One: Waivers vs. Facilities