Developmental Disabilities Faces Spending Cuts

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TALLAHASSEE 10/20/2011 -- The head of Florida's developmental disabilities program is proposing more than $14 million in spending cuts.

The reductions that Mike Hansen outlined Wednesday are designed to eliminate chronic deficits in the program.

The program serves 50,000 people with such conditions as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

It spent $930 million in the last budget year, but lawmakers appropriated only $810 million this year.

Proposed spending cuts include reducing payment rates for some services in 2012. That includes nursing services and therapy assessments.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities also plans in 2012 to begin collecting group home fees from residents who have income.

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