Governor Tom Corbett has announced that his 2013-14 state budget proposal will include nearly $20 million to provide services for about 1200 Pennsylvania adults with intellectual disabilities. The governor says the funding will reduce a waiting list for those who suffer from Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X syndrome or other maladies that affect everyday social interactions and practical skills.
The governor made the announcement in Philadelphia along with representatives of the Department of Public Welfare who report that more than 3500 people are currently on an emergency waiting list, identified as needing services within the next 6 months.
The funding level represents an increase over the $17.8 million in the governor’s 2012-13 budget. Governor Corbett delivers his third budget address to a joint session of the state legislature on February 5th.