To empower persons with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities, and their families to have quality lives through instruction, support, and opportunity.
Good morning friends of ARCO and those we support,
Most of you don’t know that we are operating on rates that were developed in 2002, cut in 2008, and restored to 2002 in 2019. That is a lot of bounces in money. And it affects these services to men and women with developmental disabilities who cannot fend for themselves all over the state.
The result is that long before the COVID staffing shortfalls, it had become difficult to hire and retain staff on the low rates we are able to pay.
We had thought that we would get some help from the legislature this year, but only a small portion of what it would take to get to costs of 2021 was included in the State’s budget bill. We simply can’t continue with this.
At ARCO, we have many, many staff shortages in homes of people that require help with all aspects of living. Please help us convince the legislature to make us a priority. We have waited too long already.
It is important that you help us TODAY!
Show your support by coming out tomorrow morning to Tower Place at 1500 N 19th St, Monroe between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM to signify the importance of these services and those that receive them.
AND send an email or call the offices of the Senators listed below asking them to:
MAKE SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES A PRIORITY BY FUNDING THE FULL $35.5 M SGF NEEDED TO RESTORE HALF OF WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO GET TO 2021.
Here are the email addresses and phone numbers of the Senators who will be voting on the HB 1 next. They are the ones to call or email.
Cathey, Stewart (R) Fairbanks
Jackson, Katrina (D) Monroe
Morris, Jay (R) Monroe
Womack, Glen (R) Harrisonburg
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