Kansans push for more state assistance for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Kara Marxer
May 16, 2017 - 6:08 am
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About 50 Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities are headed to Topeka today to push for funding. 

As lawmakers struggle to fill a budget hole hundreds of people with mental and developmental disabilities are going to the Kansas statehouse to make sure they are not left behind in the spending negotiations.

"There hasn't been a rate increase for providers in nearly a decade,"  said Chad Von Ahnen, executive director of Johnson County Developmental Supports. "One thing that we've really been focused on is trying to start to move the needle back in a positive direction."

The citizens will meet with lawmakers Tuesday to discuss their needs and the support programs on which they depend.

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