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Lawmakers laud budget amendment restoring up-to-date funding for disabilities services

Governor Mark Gordon and Rep Lloyd Larsen (courtesy Lloyd Larsen)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An amendment to the General Appropriations Bill signed by Governor Gordon Friday includes an amendment securing up-to-date funding for statewide services for people with disabilities, according to a release from Fremont County Representative Lloyd Larsen.

Several Wyoming-based organizations who assist these populations include Community Entry, the Cathedral Home, and Arc, the release said.

Larsen told Oil City Saturday that states are required under the Olmstead Act to provide resources for people with disabilities to leave in the “least restricted environment” possible.

“Most of these folks, with some help, should be able to live out in the community and be part of the community,” Larsen said.

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The amendment restores some funding lost in the Supplemental Budget reductions outlined in November 2020. Furthermore, the Wyoming Department of Health follows up with care providers every four years to reassess the cost of providers’ operations, which can range from minimal living assistance to 24-hour, one-to-one care.

The bill provides $3,221,343.00 in general funds for these programs, which are matched one-to-one with federal Medicare care dollars.

“These programs provide critical support to Wyoming people in our communities who have disabilities,” said Larsen. “I am pleased we were able to restore the funding for Wyoming community and home-based providers and support the important work they do.”

Other lawmakers who worked on the amendment include Park County Rep Dan Laursen, Campbell County Rep Tim Hallinan, and Park County Rep Rachel Rodriguez-Williams.

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