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  • Writer's pictureEmma Reitz

Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

On March 14, our voices were heard at the State Capitol during InterHab’s Advocacy Day. Nearly 600 people gathered that day to celebrate Advocacy Day and the great strides being made at the state and federal levels. A number of important IDD funding initiatives are being considered for inclusion in the FY 2025 budget, including:

  • Funds to bring 500 persons off the IDD waiting list

  • A funding increase for IDD service providers

  • Increasing Supported Employment Services rates

  • A 14c Provider Transition Fund

  • Restoration of system funds lost during the Great Recession

  • Increased funding for Early Childhood Development Services

  • Capping growth of the IDD waiting list

  • Increasing the Family Services Coordination rate

Big Lakes’ clients and staff met with several legislators to ensure they are aware of their much-needed support for these initiatives. We also enjoyed a tour around the Capitol and lunch in the Rotunda.

“Advocacy is a cornerstone of Big Lakes’ mission to deliver services that promote choice, independence, and inclusion. We work with each of our clients to advocate for their needs and desires on a personal level. We also encourage our clients and employees to speak out on behalf of all individuals with IDD with policymakers, funders, and community members to better understand those needs and what they can do to support their choices, promote their independence, and encourage their inclusion in the community.” –Lori Feldkamp, President & CEO.

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