Wednesday, May 14, 2008

NC Legislative Update: House HHS and Education Appropriation Meet Today

Two House Appropriation Committees that directly affect children, adults with disabilities and their families will meet today.

House Health and Human Services will meet at 10:00am in room 643 of the Legislative Office Building. The Department of Health and Human Services will present the Governor's Health and Human Services budget.  The Governor's budget proposed $68 million in Mental Health Services.  Of that proposal is $4 million  to provide needed funding for the START Model, crisis services for people with developmental disabilities.

Also at 10:00am in room 421 of the Legislative Office Building the Governor's Office will present their Education Budget.  In reviewing the budget we found a $2million dollar reduction based on adjusted head count for children with special needs.  There was no additional funding for Exceptional Children programs in the Governor's Budget.

We will provide an update on these two meeting later in the day.

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