Director’s Column

By Director Barbara Palmer

As many of you are aware, Florida’s Legislative Session is in full swing. I have been at the Capitol talking to various Legislators and their employees about the needs of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). I wanted to share the top financial requests we have asked of Legislators for the 2017-2018 state fiscal year.

Additional Funding to Serve Remaining Individuals with Critical Needs on Waiting List

Continue Waiver Provider Rates for USDOL

Increase Waiver Rates for Nursing Services

New Waiver Intensive Behavior Models

Staff Augmentation

Client Data Management System called APD iConnect

Employment and Internship Supports

We are optimistic that these funding requests will be supported in the final budget.  We will update you in the June Champion on the outcome.