A budget floor amendment (2017-1213 – see below) has been added to the House budget that will provide about $24 million for developmental services per year in the next two-year state budget. The amendment will likely be offered on the House floor this Wednesday, April 5.

Spread the word to ask your House Reps. to support amendment 2017-1213h to HB 1. The amendment will provide much needed waitlist and direct care worker funding for the DD system.

The current budget proposal does not fully fund the waitlist and does not provide a pay raise to direct care providers. These critical workers haven’t seen an increase in pay in nearly 10 years.

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Floor Amendment to HB 1-A
Proposed by Reps. Rosenwald (D-Nashua), Wallner (D-Concord) and McMahon (R-Windham)

Amend the bill by inserting after section 8 the following new section:

9 Department of Health and Human Services; Appropriation for Developmental Services. In addition to the amounts appropriated in section 1 of this act, the sum of $23,608,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and the sum of $23,608,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, shall be appropriated to account 05-95-93-930010-7100, class 502, for the purpose of funding developmental services. Of these amounts, 50 percent shall be state general funds and 50 percent shall be federal funds. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for the general fund share of said sums out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.