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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; Pennsylvania Department of Aging
HARRISBURG, Pa., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania is partnering with the federal government to help meet the Corbett Administration's goal of improving community-based support to older Pennsylvanians and adults with disabilities, the Pennsylvania Departments of Public Welfare and Aging announced today.
The two departments applied for and will receive enhanced federal funding through the federal Balancing Incentive Program. Through the program, states commit to make improvements to how individuals access long-term support that will help them to stay in their homes and communities. Pennsylvania will receive $94 million and is one of 20 states to be approved for the program. This funding was included in Governor Corbett's 2014-15 budget proposal.
"Older adults and people with disabilities have a strong desire to be able to live at home or in their own communities. That is a recurring theme we've heard as we've traveled the commonwealth," Department of Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth said. "We are thrilled that the federal government recognized our commitment to serving these individuals."
The Balancing Incentive program continues Governor Corbett's commitment to provide greater access to community-based supports for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities and allow for:
"The additional funding is critical to older Pennsylvanians in need of home and community-based services," stated Secretary of Aging Brian Duke. "Additionally, this program will allow Pennsylvania to make important improvements to how people learn about and access community-based, long-term supports."
The plan submitted by the two departments for use of the funding calls for:
The enhanced federal funding under the Balancing Incentive Program begins on July 1, 2014, and concludes on Sept. 30, 2015.
For more information, visit www.dpw.state.pa.us.
Kait Gillis, DPW, 717-425-7606
Christina Reese, Aging, 717-783-1550
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