Perhaps the lesser talked about aspect of the disagreement on funding between the House and the Senate at the legislature in Cheyenne was how to subsidize the Department of Health's developmental disability waiver program in order to reduce the wait time for those who apply. Rep. Rosie Berger.
Adults typically wait more than two years on the list while children can wait about a year. Aimed at alleviating pressure on the department and shorten lists, developmental disability waivers will receive $3 million under the budget awaiting the governor's approval. The initial bill would have funded the program $28 million – $14 from the state budget matched by the feds.
Berger says that finding a fix is important, but the way that waivers have been done in the past does not allow for the department to use their funding efficiently so this process will take more time.
She said they will continue to address the issue and it will be on the Labor and Health committee's agenda in the interim to assist the director of the Department of Health.
March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month.