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Legislative Update: Week 2 and Legislators are hearing from YOU!

By Sara Grafstrom posted 22 days ago

  

Legislators heard from you all in a big way this last week. ARRM launched an Action Alert on Wednesday morning and within three days over 1,100 messages had been sent! If you have not had a chance to send your legislators a message, you can access the alert here. Please continue to share with others within your network and let them know how important it is that legislators are hearing from constituents about the need to act early to support disability waiver services.

In addition to hearing from you all through the alert, Senators on the Human Services Finance and Policy committee received compelling testimony from advocates across the caring professions, outlining the workforce crisis and supporting SF 7. The Caregiver Stabilization Act of 2023 would provide needed funding to not only waiver services, but home care, PCA and Long-Term Care; ARRM members Alan Berner of The Phoenix Residence and Josh Berg of Accessible Space provided testimony in support of the legislation. You can view the entire hearing here.

Throughout the week I also had the opportunity to meet with many legislators sitting on the Human Services Finance and Policy committees in the House and Senate to discuss details of ARRM’s legislative agenda and answer any questions they may have.

Looking ahead to this week, we anticipate some of our bills being officially introduced, we will share that information as soon as it becomes available.

Please reach out with any questions!

--Sara Grafstrom

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