Gov. Tom Corbett and Secretary of Public Welfare Gary Alexander met in Philadelphia last week with a group of families to discuss the waiting list for desperately needed services for people with intellectual disabilities.
The families thanked Corbett for allocating $17.8 million to serve 1,130 people with intellectual disabilities, removing them from the waiting list this year. The governor stated that eliminating the waiting list for services for people with intellectual disabilities would become one of his priorities during the remainder of his administration.
About 15,000 Pennsylvanians are still waiting for residential, vocational, respite and in-home services.
ACHIEVA, a leading advocacy organization in the region for people with intellectual disabilities, applauds Gov. Corbett for meeting with families, learning about their critical need for services and for making the waiting list one of his priorities.
The writer is a board member with ACHIEVA, Southwestern Pennsylvania's largest provider of services for people with disabilities and their families.
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