WEST CHESTER (June 15, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that $260 million in funding will help support continued services for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have all been impacted by this pandemic and it’s imperative that we continue to provide quality support services for our most vulnerable friends and neighbors and their families,” Dinniman said. “I want to also thank all of the providers, professionals, and staff who have served as a lifeline of outreach, care, compassion, and stability to those with intellectual disabilities and autism over the past three months.”

The funding, which comes through the federal CARES Act, will be allocated as follows:

  • $90 million to providers of residential, respite, and shift nursing services;
  • $80 million to providers of Community Participation Support services for 120 days of retainer payments, covering operations from March through June; and,
  • $90 million to providers of in-home and community, supported and small group employment, companion, and transportation trip services for 120 days of retainer payments, covering operations from March through June.

According to the administration, the funding will help the more than 40,000 Pennsylvanians who receive assistance through Pennsylvania Department of Human Services programs or facilities.

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