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The House Budget Committee failed to restore the cuts to the Consumer Directed Services program last week. The budget will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where there is another opportunity for funding cuts to be restored and for the provider rate to be increased. It is imperative that advocates across the state work together to share a unified message about the importance of CDS and funding the program.

For this round of advocacy we are focusing on social media and phone calls. There are two asks for senators. If your senator is on the Senate Appropriations Committee you will be asking them to create a Senate position to restore the proposed cuts to the CDS program in HB 10 Section 10.810 and to provide a provider rate increase so providers can keep up with the market rate. If your senator is not on the Appropriations Committee you will be asking them to let Senator Hegeman know how important restoring funding to CDS is to constituents.

You can look up your legislator here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

St. Louis City and County Senators

Name – District On Appropriations Committee? Contact Information
Senator Beck – 1 No Phone: 573-751-0220
Twitter: @dougbeck562
Facebook: @DougBeckMO92
Senator May – 4 Yes Phone: 573-751-3599
Twitter: @karlamaymo4
Facebook: @ karla.may.165
Senator Roberts – 5 No Phone: 573-751-4415
Twitter: @robertsforstl
Facebook: @robertsformissouri
Senator Mosley – 13 No Phone: 573-751-2420
Facebook: @angela.mosley.10
Senator Williams – 14 Yes Phone: 573-751-4106
Twitter: @brianwilliamsmo
Facebook: @williamsforsenate14
Senator Koenig – 15 No Phone: 573-751-5568
Twitter: @koenig4mo
Facebook: @andrew.Koenig.7509
Senator Schupp – 24 No Phone: 573-751-9762
Twitter: @jillschupp
Facebook: @jill.schupp.5

Sample Social Media Post:
(To Senators on Appropriations)

@____ I care about CDS. Disabled Missourians need a Senate Position to restore funding to HB 10 Sec. 10.810 and increase the provider rate so people can stay in their homes.

Sample Social Media Post:
(To other Senators)

@____ I care about CDS. Please let Sen. Hegeman know that the proposed cute to CDS in HB 10 Sec. 10.810 need to be restored and the provider rate increased so constituents can stay in their homes.

Sample Call:
(To Senators on Appropriations)

Hi, my name is _____, and I live in ______. I would like to speak with Senator _______’s Legislative Director.

I care about the Consumer Directed Services Program, and wanted to urge the Senator to support a Senate Position to restore the funding and add a rate increase to HB 10 Section 10.810. The house made the terrible decision to keep Governor Parson’s proposed cuts, and now it is up to the Senate Appropriations Committee to reverse the cuts and provide a rate increase to this program that keeps over 30,000 Missourians living independently in their homes. [If you are a CDS Participant or Attendant, use this time to share your story about the positive impact CDS has had on your life]

Sample Call:
(To other Senators)

Hi, my name is _____, and I live in ______. I would like to speak with Senator _______’s Legislative Director.

I care about the Consumer Directed Services Program, and wanted to urge the Senator to let colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee know that their constituents support a Senate Position to restore the funding and add a rate increase to HB 10 Section 10.810. The house made the terrible decision to keep Governor Parson’s proposed cuts, and now it is up to the Senate Appropriations Committee to reverse the cuts and provide a rate increase to this program that keeps over 30,000 Missourians living independently in their homes. [If you are a CDS Participant or Attendant, use this time to share your story about the positive impact CDS has had on your life]

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