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Florida First to Help Military Families with Waivers – State will Provide Services to those Transferred to Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Florida is the first state in the country to offer Medicaid waiver services to active military families deployed from another state where they were already receiving services. The Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed the 2014-2015 It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget which created this program.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) provides Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver services to individuals with developmental disabilities so that they may participate in their local communities. The Medicaid waiver services are funded with state and federal tax dollars. All states provide Medicaid waiver services, however, because they are very popular programs there is a waiting list in most states including Florida.

Military families are frequently transferred and as a result their family member with a developmental disability loses Medicaid waiver services they were receiving at their previous post. This new program will prevent that from happening and will be a huge help to individuals with disabilities and their families transferring to Florida. It is receiving unanimous praise from disability stakeholders.

APD Director Barbara Palmer said, “I am very excited that Florida is the first state in the country to offer this benefit to military families.  Men and women in the military sacrifice many things to serve our country. Offering community services to their loved one with a developmental disability is the right thing for our state to do. This idea came from people who attended our APD Military Town Hall meeting cohosted by Governor Scott at Eglin Air Force Base earlier this year.  I am very happy Governor Scott and the Legislature took the nationwide lead to enact this measure to benefit military families.”

Eglin Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Center Director Mark Wilke said, “We appreciate Florida’s plan, which will reduce delays for military families with members who have disabilities so they may receive the APD Medicaid waiver when relocating to Florida. It will be a tremendous help.”

Family Care Council Florida Vice-Chairperson Pauline Lipps said, “I sincerely thank Governor Scott and the Florida legislators for being the first in the country to allow Military families, who are transferred to Florida, the ability to enroll in Florida’s Medicaid waiver program. The continuity of services for individuals with developmental disabilities in military families will help them realize a smooth transition to Florida while continuing to serve our country and preserve our freedom.”

“The Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (Florida ARF) says thank you to Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for passing legislation that will make Florida the first state in the country to allow military families who are already receiving waiver services in another state and are transferred to Florida to enroll in Florida’s Medicaid waiver. What a fitting way to serve those who give so much to serve our great country!  We hope to see similar legislation in all states within the near future,” said Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Executive Director Suzanne Sewell.

The Association of Support Coordination Agencies of Florida chairperson Janice Phillips said, “Our association fully supports Governor Scott and Legislature’s initiative to provide support to those military families who serve our country. Military families are stressed with frequent transfers. These families with members with developmental disabilities are particularly challenged. This groundbreaking legislation will help alleviate the hardship of added bureaucracy when these military families move to Florida, often leaving behind their sources of paid and natural support in other states. Florida’s willingness to facilitate assistance for service members’ loved ones with developmental disabilities is not only very commendable and deeply appreciated, but will help our economy by integrating them more rapidly into the community.”

Area 2 Family Care Council Chairperson Lou Ogburn said, “It is a good thing to allow Florida’s military families to continue on the Medicaid waiver program if they were on it in another state when transferred. The military personnel usually have no say in where they are stationed and families need the consistency that the waiver provides their loved one.”

APD supports people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, and work in their communities.  The agency annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, visit APDcares.org or call toll-free 1‑866‑APD‑CARES (1‑866‑273‑2273).

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Governor Scott Announces Elimination of Critical Needs Waitlist for Persons with Disabilities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced all individuals with critical needs who have been on the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) waiting list as of July 1 will be offered enrollment in the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver. Approximately 1,200 individuals will receive enrollment letters from APD in the next two weeks.

 

Governor Scott said, “We’re committed to providing every Florida family the opportunity to live the American Dream – and this year’s It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget invested another $20 million to move all remaining individuals with critical needs off of the waiting list, which is the first time this has happened in the history of the agency. This is the second year in a row we’ve been able to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.”

 

These individuals join about 1,600 people who were offered waiver services last fiscal year. Additionally, the agency will continue to enroll foster children with developmental disabilities into the waiver that are adopted or reunified with family members.

 

APD Director Barbara Palmer said, “I am so happy the agency is able to keep moving people off the waiting list so they may receive waiver services in their communities. I thank Governor Scott and members of the Legislature for this important funding for the waiting list and their support of our agency. We are making a difference in people’s lives.”

 

After individuals accept the HCBS Medicaid waiver enrollment, they must select a waiver support coordinator who will work with them to develop a plan to address needed services. APD customers also select which waiver providers they want to deliver their services.


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Governor Scott: It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget Invests in Priorities for Persons with Disabilities and Vulnerable Populations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today highlighted investments in the It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget directed to support individuals with disabilities.

Governor Scott said, “We’re committed to providing every Florida family the opportunity to live the American Dream – and this Budget invests another $20 million to move more than 1,000 individuals off the APD waitlist. This is the second year in a row we’ve been able to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.”

The It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget supports Governor Scott’s commitment to make investments in Florida’s most vulnerable communities.

Brings Individuals with Critical Needs Off Agency for Persons with Disabilities Waitlist: The It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget funding of the Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver waiting list will bring all remaining individuals with critical needs off of the waiting list – a first in the history of the program. The Budget provides $20 million to bring more than 1,000 individuals off of the waiting list for the second year in a row and provides them with home and community-based services to help them live, learn, and work in their communities.

Supported Employment: The It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget invests a total of $2.5 million toward job placement and training for individuals with developmental disabilities who are looking for employment and internship opportunities. With this increased funding, more young adults with developmental disabilities will have firsthand opportunities to demonstrate their skills in the workplace. Maximizing firsthand experiences in the workplace was one of three primary recommendations of the 2012 report by the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities.

William J. (Billy Joe) Rish Recreational Park: The It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget provides $1 million to provide maintenance and repairs at Billy Joe Rish Park, located on the St. Joseph Peninsula near Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas in Northwest Florida. Rish Park is open year round for people with disabilities and their family members, guardians, and caregivers. Personal Needs Allowance: The Budget supports $539,000 to increase the personal needs allowance from $35 to $105 per month for individuals living in Intermediate Care Facilities run by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Early Intervention Services for Autism: The Budget supports $1.4 million toward early screening and intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorder in underserved families. These services will provide relief to families by teaching critical skills, reducing problem behavior, and improving IQ and adaptive and social skills in their children. Funds will also be used to train future physicians, psychologists, and behavioral therapists who will be crucial in expanding access to these important services in the future.

MACTown Fitness and Wellness: The It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget continues efforts to identify new and different ideas for helping individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potential in living healthy and productive lives. The Budget supports $175,000 for MACTown Fitness and Wellness Center in Miami-Dade for a personalized, safe, and closely monitored environment. Individuals can pursue their fitness goals through education, hands-on experience, and a consistent schedule of exercising on professional and specialized equipment and aerobics classes. The healthier the individual, the better they are able to maximize their independent living skills.

The Arc of Florida Dental Services: The Budget supports much-needed dental services for individuals with developmental disabilities through another $2 million provided to The Arc of Florida. Funds will be used to enroll new providers and continue statewide coordinated dental services, which will improve the health and self-confidence of the people served.

Rate Increase for Adult Day Training Providers: The Budget supports $1.3 million for a two percent across-the-board raise to all providers of adult day training services in the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver program. These services are among the most popular in the program. Providers offer individuals up to six hours per day of meaningful activities that support the individual in daily routines of the community, including training in the areas of self-help, adaptive, and social skills. These services are provided in congregate, facility-based settings, and may include off-site enclaves or mobile work crews.

APD Director Barbara Palmer said, “I am thrilled the Legislature supported Governor Scott’s recommendation to fund the waiver waiting list for a second consecutive year. With this new money, we will now be able to serve the remaining individuals with critical needs on the waiting list. This is a major milestone for APD. I appreciate Governor Scott and the Legislature’s ongoing support of APD and assistance in helping us achieve this important goal.”

Pat Young, president of The Arc of Florida, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, said, “We are grateful to Governor Scott and the Legislature for moving individuals off of the Medicaid Waiver Waitlist and continuing to fund this important dental program. Many Floridians with developmental disabilities have suffered from dental pain for more than a decade. They will now be pain-free.”

Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Executive Director Suzanne Sewell said, “The Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (Florida ARF) thanks Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for responding to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities by appropriating an additional $20 million to serve individuals and families who have been waiting for years to receive essential services. Because of this budget, more than 1,000 individuals will be served during next fiscal year.

Additionally, another $500,000 was approved to assist individuals with disabilities with achieving of their career goals. Our member agencies are thrilled that so many individuals will be receiving the supports they need to maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life,”

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Executive Director Debra Dowds said, “We are very appreciative of Governor Rick Scott for his continued support to address the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. Through this additional funding many more people with developmental disabilities on the waiting list will be offered waiver enrollment and receive the services they need to be employed, independent, and to meaningfully participate in their communities.”

Sherry Wheelock, Special Olympics Florida President and CEO said, “This funding is critical to the health and emotional well-being of people with developmental disabilities in Florida allowing them to be contributing and respected members of society.”

Betty Kay Clements, parent and past chairperson of the Family Care Council Florida said, “I want to express a sincere thank you to Governor Scott and Florida legislators for continuing to address the APD waiting list by budgeting $20 million for next year. These dollars will ensure that additional individuals will enroll in the APD HCBS waiver and receive the quality services and supports they need. The $500,000 for employment services also increases the number of individuals who will realize their goal of working in their community alongside their neighbors, and reaching their potential. The money for Rish Park will allow APD to upgrade this unique park and assist people with disabilities to enjoy a full range of accessible recreational adventures among nature and a beautiful Florida coastline.”

The Association of Support Coordination Agencies of Florida chairperson Janice Phillips said, “The association is heartened by the efforts of Governor Scott and the 2014 Legislature to improve the lives of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens. For the second year in a row, additional funding is allocated to provide needed assistance to individuals on the waiver waiting list. This also provides assurance and encouragement to other families remaining on the list that help is on the way. We also applaud the governor and Legislature for providing funding for supported employment to people with developmental disabilities. This will enable individuals to become more productive citizens of Florida by enhancing their lives with meaningful employment and added inclusion and engagement in their communities. The funding for improvements to Rish Park—an extraordinary facility designed as a completely wheelchair-accessible getaway for people with disabilities—will provide many hours of enjoyment to this population for generations to come. The inclusion of these items in the 2014-15 state budget is very exciting for all of us who serve this very special group of Floridians.”

Area 2 Family Care Council Chairperson Lou Ogburn said, “We are pleased that money has been put in the budget to further reduce the folks who are on the waiting list, to provide dollars to help with employment efforts, and to improve Rish Park. It is critical that our state continue to work on eliminating the waiting list for those needing services. The dollars for employment efforts will help by allowing some people to work and thereby reducing the amount needed from the waiver while keeping them living in the least restrictive environment.”


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El Presupuesto del Gobernador Financiaría la Lista de Espera de APD por Segundo Año

El Presupuesto del Gobernador Financiaría la Lista de Espera de APD por Segundo Año

La Comunidad y los Grupos Afectados Felicitan el Presupuesto del Gobernador

TALLAHASSEE, FL—El Gobernador de Florida, Rick Scott, ha recomendado un presupuesto para servir a todas las personas con necesidades críticas que se encuentran en la lista de espera de la Agencia para Personas con Discapacidades (Agency for Persons with Disabilities APD).  El presupuesto para el año fiscal 2014-2015 propuesto por el Gobernador Scott (It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget) incluye $1.14 billones de dólares para APD con $20 millones para servir a los que están en la lista de espera. El dinero será utilizado para inscribir cerca de 1,400 personas en el programa de exenciones para servicios de Medicaid originados desde el hogar y la comunidad (Home and Community-Based Services Medicaid waiver) de APD para que puedan obtener servicios en sus comunidades.  Este es el segundo año que el Gobernador recomienda un presupuesto para servir a personas en la lista de espera.  La propuesta del Gobernador ha sido recibida con grandes elogios por parte de la comunidad con discapacidades.

La señora Barbar Palmer, Directora de APD, dijo “estoy muy emocionada por la decisión del Gobernador Scott de financiar por un segundo año la lista de espera del programa de exención.  Con este dinero vamos a poder servir a todas las personas con necesidades críticas que se encuentran actualmente en la lista de espera del programa de la exención de Medicaid la cuál es una prioridad para nuestro Gobernador.  Las familias, los coordinadores de apoyos, proveedores de servicios, y nuestros empleados han trabajado arduamente para usar el dinero de manera efectiva y eficaz y continuarán haciendo lo mismo en el futuro.  Yo aprecio el apoyo continuo que nos brinda el Gobernador Scott y su confianza en APD.”

La propuesta del Gobernador Scott incluye $1 millón de dólares para ayudar a personas en la lista de espera del programa de exención que han indicado su deseo de trabajar.  Este financiamiento por segundo año cubrirá los gastos de servicios de empleo incluyendo internados para cerca de 400 personas con discapacidades en el desarrollo.

La representante del Consejo de Cuidado de las Familias (Family Care Council), Jean Sherman dijo, “Nuevamente este año, nos regocijamos porque el Gobernador Scott está respondiendo vigorosamente a las necesidades de las familias y las personas que están en la lista de espera del programa de exención.  Su petición a la legislatura de $20 millones de dólares adicionales significa mucho para estas familias y también permitirá que más personas con discapacidades puedan prepararse adecuadamente para integrarse a la fuerza laboral.  Confiamos en que los resultados de las prácticas financieras efectivas alcanzadas por APD este último año al completar la transición de más del número de personas anticipadas al programa de exención (waiver) servirán como evidencia para convencer a la legislatura de los beneficios de esta nueva asignación.  Las familias tienen la esperanza de que esta respuesta financiera positiva nos llevará a eliminar la lista de espera en un futuro muy cercano.”

La Directora Ejecutiva del Consejo de la Florida para las Discapacidade en el Desarrollo (Florida Developmental Disabilities Council), Debra Dowds indicó, “Estamos muy agradecidos al Gobernador Rick Scott por su contínuo apoyo para abordar las necesidades de los Floridianos con discapacidades en el desarrollo.  A través de estos fondos adicionales muchas más personas con discapacidades en la lista de espera podrán inscribirse en el programa de exención (waiver) y recibir los servicios que necesitan para obtener trabajos, alcanzar su independencia y participar de manera significativa en sus comunidades.”

Betty Kay Clements, madre y pasada representante del Consejo de Cuidado de las Familias (Family Care Council), dijo, “Yo estoy muy contenta de que el Gobernador Scott está nuevamente recomendando dinero para servir a las personas que se encuentran en la lista de espera del programa de exención (waiver) de Medicaid de APD.  Los $20 millones de dólares ayudarán a sacar a las personas con necesidades críticas de la lista de espera este próximo año.  Las acciones del Gobernador Scott este año pasado y su gran liderazgo han sido de mucho significado para las familias con las que he hablado.  Le quiero dar las gracias al Gobernador Scott por su continuo apoyo para que las personas con discapacidades y sus familiares logren obtener los servicios y apoyos necesarios a través del programa de exención de servicios basados en el hogar y la comunidad (Home and Community-Based Services waiver).”

La representante de la Asociación de Agencias de Coordinadores de Apoyo de Florida (Association of Support Coordination Agencies of Florida), Janice Phillips dijo, “Somos extremadamente afortunados de tener un líder como el Gobernador Scott, que acoge los asuntos de personas con discapacidades en el desarrollo en Florida.  Estas personas están en necesidad critica de servicios y han estado en una lista de espera.  Los fondos recomendados por el Gobernador Scott proveerán servicios necesarios para estos ciudadanos.  También es muy admirable que nuevamente se están recomendando fondos para servicios de empleo para personas con discapacidades que desean entrar a la fuerza laboral y convertirse en ciudadanos productivos de nuestro estado.”

“La Asociación de Facilidades de Rehabilitación de Florida (The Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities) y sus agencias se delitan al ver que el Gobernador Scott nuevamente ha respondido a las necesidades de familiares y personas que están en la lista de espera de servicios.  También nos complace saber que el Gobernador está buscando fondos para proveer servicios de empleo para que las personas con discapacidades en el desarrollo logren alcanzar sus metas de empleo.  Finalmente, queremos agradecer al Gobernador Scott por su participación en tantas reuniones públicas durante el transcurso del pasado año y por tomar de su tiempo para aprender acerca de las necesidades de las personas que reciben servicios de la Agencia para Personas con Discapacidades.  El Gobernador Scott ha demostrado ser un verdadero defensor para los Floridianos con discapacidades.  Su propuesta de presupuesto demuestra este compromiso,” dijo la directora de la Asociación de Facilidades de Rehabilitación de Florida, Suzanne Sewell.

El representante del Consejo de Cuidado Familiar del Area 2, Lou Ogburn, dijo, “El Consejo de Cuidado Familiar del Area 2 está complacido con la propuesta de presupuesto del Gobernador Scott, el cuál incluye dinero para servicios de empleo y la lista de espera.  También me complace ver la continuación de fondos para aquellos que están recibiendo servicios.”

El Gobernador Scott está recomendando $1.8 millones de dólares para un nuevo sistema de data para APD que proveerá información especifica de servicios directamente de los proveedores acerca de las fechas de servicio y progreso, además de verificar que los servicios fueron provistos a la hora y en el lugar autorizado por la agencia.  Además, este sistema de data incluirá un record electrónico para cada cliente de la agencia que ayudará a retener información que podrá ser usada para servir a las personas con discapacidades en el desarrollo de manera más efectiva.  Esta información será utilizada para monitorear los servicios provistos al cliente y su progreso.

La directora Palmer de APD dijo, “Las recomendaciones del Gobernador Scott son evidencia de que el escuchó durante las audiencias públicas este pasado otoño y está manteniendo su promesa de ayudar a los ciudadanos más vulnerables de la Florida.”

Para ver el listado completo de las recomendaciones del presupuesto del Gobernador Scott, favor de visitar www.FLItsYourMoney.com

APD apoya a personas con discapacidades en el desarrollo para vivir, aprender, y trabajar en sus comunidades.  La agencia sirve anualmente a sobre 50,000 Floridianos con autismo, perlesía cerebral, espina bífida, discapacidades intelectuales, síndrome de Down, y síndrome de Prader-Willi.  Para más información acera de la Agencia para Personas con Discapacidades, visite APDcares.org o llame sin cargos a 1‑866‑APD‑CARES (1‑866‑273‑2273).

 

 

 


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Governor’s Budget Would Fund APD Waiting List for Second Year

Governor’s Budget Would Fund APD Waiting List for Second Year

Stakeholders Applaud Governor’s Budget

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Florida Governor Rick Scott is recommending funding to serve all the individuals with critical needs on the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) waiver waiting list. Governor Scott’s proposed 2014-2015 It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget includes $1.14 billion for APD with $20 million to serve the waiting list. The money will be used to enroll about 1,400 individuals into the APD Home and Community-Based Services Medicaid waiver so they can pay for services in their local communities. This is the second year the Governor has recommended funding to serve the waiting list. The Governor’s budget proposal is receiving unanimous praise from disability stakeholders.

APD Director Barbara Palmer said, “I am thrilled with Governor Scott’s decision to fund the waiver waiting list for a second year.  With this money we will be able to serve everyone with critical needs on the Medicaid waiver waiting list which is a priority for our Governor. Families, waiver support coordinators, providers, and our employees have worked very hard to be effective and efficient with the dollars provided to the agency and will continue to do so in the future. I appreciate Governor Scott’s ongoing support and confidence in APD.”

Governor Scott’s budget proposal includes $1 million to assist people on the waiver waiting list who have indicated that they want to go to work. This second year of funding will pay for Supported Employment and supported internship services for about 400 people with developmental disabilities.

Family Care Council Florida Chairperson Jean Sherman said, “Again this year, we are heartened by the fact that Governor Scott is actively responding to the needs of families and individuals who are on the waiting list for services through the waiver. His legislative request for an additional $20 million will mean so much to these families and will also allow more individuals with disabilities to prepare to enter the world of work. We are confident that the highly cost-effective results achieved by APD this past year in transitioning more than the expected number of individuals to the waiver will convince the Legislature of the wisdom of this new appropriation. Families are also hopeful that continuing this positive financial response will lead to the elimination of the waiting list in the very near future.”

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Executive Director Debra Dowds said, “We are very appreciative of Governor Rick Scott for his continued support to address the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. Through this additional funding many more people with developmental disabilities on the waiting list will be offered waiver enrollment and receive the services they need to be employed, independent, and to meaningfully participate in their communities.”

Betty Kay Clements, parent and past chairperson of the Family Care Council Florida, said, “I am so very happy that Governor Scott is again recommending money to serve people on the APD Medicaid waiver waiting list in his budget recommendations. The $20 million will assist in bringing everyone with critical needs off the list in the coming year. Governor Scott certainly provided real leadership and action for our individuals this past year and it meant so very much to families I have spoken with. I want to thank Governor Scott for continuing to support individuals and their families who can accomplish so much with needed services and supports provided by the Home and Community-Based Services waiver.”

The Association of Support Coordination Agencies of Florida chairperson Janice Phillips said, “We are again extremely fortunate to have a leader like Governor Scott who has embraced the issues of individuals in Florida with developmental disabilities.  These individuals are in critical need of services and have been on a waiting list. The funding that is being recommended by Governor Scott will provide much needed services to these citizens. It is also very commendable that funding for Supported Employment is again being recommended to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities who are trying to enter the workforce and become productive citizens of our state.”

“The Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and its member agencies are delighted to see that Governor Scott has again responded to the needs of families and individuals who are on the waiting list for services.  Also, we are pleased that the Governor is seeking funding for Supported Employment services so that individuals with developmental disabilities can realize their employment goals. Finally, we want to thank Governor Scott for participating in so many APD Town Hall meetings over the last year and for taking the time to learn about the needs of the individuals served by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.  Governor Scott has shown that he is a true advocate for Floridians with disabilities.  His proposed budget demonstrates this commitment,” said Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Executive Director Suzanne Sewell.

Area 2 Family Care Council Chairperson Lou Ogburn said, “The Tallahassee Area 2 Family Care Council is pleased with Governor Scott’s budget proposal which includes needed money for Supported Employment and the waiting list.  I am also happy to see continued funding for those already receiving services.”

Governor Scott is recommending $1.8 million for a new APD data system that will provide service-specific information from providers regarding service delivery dates and progress, as well as better verification that services were delivered at the times and locations that were authorized by the agency.  Additionally, this data system will include an electronic client central record that will provide the agency with information that can be used to more effectively serve individuals with developmental disabilities by providing electronic information that will track provider services and progress of the client.

APD Director Palmer said, “It is evident from Governor Scott’s recommendations that he listened during the APD Town Hall meetings last fall and is keeping his promise to help Florida’s most vulnerable citizens with disabilities.”

To view the complete list of Governor Scott’s budget recommendations, visit www.FLItsYourMoney.com.

APD supports people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, and work in their communities.  The agency annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, visit APDcares.org or call toll-free 1‑866‑APD‑CARES (1‑866‑273‑2273).