Florida Announces Historical Budget Increase for Persons with Disabilities

Budget highlights include the following:

  • $36.4 million to offer waiver enrollment to people with critical needs.
  • $2.5 million to offer waiver enrollment to approximately 55 people with Phelan-McDermid syndrome.
  • $25 million for service provider rate increases for:
    • Adult Day Training-1 to 3 staffing ratio rate increase.
    • Adult Day Training-three percent across the board increase.
    • Personal supports-three percent increase.
    • Residential habilitation-three percent increase.
  • $37 million for a provider rate increases to assist with compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor Home Care Rule to begin on April 1, 2016.
  • $0.5 million to continue the Employment Enhancement Project (EEP) for a fourth year which provides internships and on-the-job training for individuals on the Medicaid waiver waiting list.
  • $1.3 million for improvements to William J. Rish Recreational Park (Billy Joe Rish Park). Rish Park on Cape San Blas in Gulf County is a state park that was built and designed for people with disabilities.
  • $2.2 million for new database software and an electronic visit verification project. This is the second year of funding to continue system development.