Dear Members and Friends of The Arc of Greater Tarrant County,
As you many of you know in the state of Texas our legislators meet in session every other year. This is a session year! Legislators are already hard at work. The Senate Finance Committee, which is the committee that oversees the budget are making important decisions that could seriously impact the IDD community.
At The Arc, our job, as one of the largest advocacy organizations in the country, committed to fight for the rights of families and individuals with IDD is to mobilize a call to action. Your job, is to exercise your civil rights and your legislators. Texans with disabilities need you to tell members of the Senate Finance Committee why Medicaid waiver services are important to the IDD community. Currently, 113,000 Texans, are sitting on waiting lists that can take up to twelve years.
If you are not sure who your representative is it’s easy to find out. Just follow this link http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/ on the Texas.gov website and enter your zip code in box provided. It will quickly display the names, phone # and all other pertinent information you need to contact your state legislator.
The Arc of Texas has just released this ACTION ALERT. We need to take this seriously and most important be proactive verse’s reactive.
Take Action so the Senate Finance Committee will Prioritize Texans with Disabilities in the Community!
Click here to send a letter telling Senators on the Finance Committee that it is import to reduce the waitlists for community services!
Texas Community-based services are the most cost-effective, efficient way we can support Texans with disabilities. Waivers provide critical services such as, personal assistance, habilitation, supported employment, transportation, and more. The cost to provide services for one person in a State-Operated ICF (SSLC) is six (6) times higher than the cost of providing one person in the Home and Community Services (HCS).