FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2013
Steve Larson, The Arc Minnesota
651-334-7970 or email@example.com
COMMITTING TO COMMUNITY LIVING FOR ALL
Disability and Older Adult communities launch ‘The 5% Campaign’ and ask legislators to prioritize home and community based services
DULUTH, Minn. – Members of a broad new coalition of disability and older adult service advocates across the state will hold a news conference on the steps of Duluth City Hall at 11:30 a.m. on August 13th, 2013 to launch ‘The 5% Campaign’. The campaign is dedicated to securing a much needed five percent rate increase for home and community based services in the 2014 legislative session. “Legislators are charged with difficult budget-balancing decisions and have to pick their priorities. 2014 is now the time for their top priority to be adequately funding community support for people with disabilities and older adults,” said Steve Larson, Senior Policy Director at The Arc Minnesota.
The news conference speakers will include Representative Tom Huntley, Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. A local direct support professional/caregiver and a family member from the area will also share their stories. Speakers will be available before and after the news conference for media interviews. Other local legislators have also been invited.
Community-based services touch the lives of about 60,000 individuals and support thousands of jobs across Minnesota. They are also an efficient tool to ease state budget woes. For example, the Elderly Waiver program is able to serve three seniors in the community for every one individual in a nursing home with the same level of funding. However, despite the numbers served and the cost savings for the state, these programs have experienced deep cuts over the last decade.
Community based services include a wide range of supports designed to increase independence, including: home-delivered and congregate meals, homemaker and chore services, independent living skills training, direct support in foster care homes, personal care assistance and more. “This campaign is critical for providers across the state,” said Jon Nelson Executive Director at Duluth-based Residential Services, Inc. He continued, “I’ve see the good that our services do for the people we serve, but needs are being unmet and our hard working staff can’t continue to do so much with so little.”
For more information or to schedule an interview with a speaker, please contact Steve Larson at 651-334-7970 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more on the 5% Campaign Facebook page.