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ACTION REQUIRED: CONTACT GOVERNOR PARSON

Consumer Directed Services Funding Increase

Dear Advocate,

Your voice is needed!

Governor Parson will be releasing his fiscal year 2023 budget in the next few months and we must let him know how important the Consumer Directed Services  (CDS) are to Missourians with disabilities.

Last year, Governor Parson recommended a total of a 7.5% decrease in funding for this vital program.  This is unacceptable!  The CDS program provides critical personal care services to nearly 40,000 individuals with disabilities throughout Missouri.  These services allow people to remain safe, healthy, and independent in their own homes.

We are asking Advocates across the state to reach out to Governor Parson to ask him to include additional funding for CDS providers in his FY23 budget.  This funding is necessary for  Missourians with disabilities and seniors to continue to receive quality personal care services in their own homes and their attendants can receive a living wage for the important work they do.

Here is how you can contact Governor Parson:

Phone: (573) 751-3222

Email: https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us

Mail:
Office of Governor Michael L.Parson
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GovMikeParson/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GovParsonMO

Sample Email/Phone/Letter Script – Consumer:

Good afternoon/Dear, Governor Parson:

My name is _____________ and I live in _______________. I am a person with a disability and I use Consumer Directed Services to live in my home and participate in my community. Without CDS I would not be able to be independent, and I would have to live in a nursing home, which I do not want to do. Please increase the provider rate so that I can continue to live independently. My attendants deserve a living wage, as they help me with difficult personal tasks. Please increase the provider rate so that I can continue to receive CDS, live in my home, and pay attendants a living wage.

Warmly,

________

Sample Email/Phone/Letter  Script – Attendant

Good afternoon/Dear, Governor Parson:

My name is _____________ and I live in _______________. I am a personal care attendant for a person with a significant disability. I assist them with activities of daily living such as using the restroom, bathing, getting dressed and eating meals, among other things. Without personal care attendant services the individual I assist would not be able to live in the community. I enjoy my job, but I do not feel that the wage I am paid is adequate for the service I provide.  It is crucial that the provider rate is increased so attendants, like myself, can be paid a living wage.

Warmly,

___________

Sample Email/Phone/Letter  Script – Loved One

Good afternoon/Dear  Governor Parson:

My name is _______ and I live in ___________. My loved one has a significant disability and uses Consumer Directed Services to live independently in the community. I can not afford to quit my job to help them if they do not have an attendant. Please increase the provider rate so that my loved one is able to pay a living wage and continue living in the community.

Warmly,

________

Sample Tweet/Facebook Post – Consumer:

I use CDS to live in my community. My attendant helps me _______, ___________, & _______. Without them I would not be able to live in my own home or work, and my attendant deserves a living wage. Please increase provider rates for CDS.

Sample Tweet/Facebook Post – Attendant:

I am an attendant through CDS. I help the individual I work for ______, _______, & _________. I love my job, but I could make more money working less hours at target. Pleas increase provider rates so I can earn a living wage.

Sample Tweet/Facebook Post – Loved One:

Someone I love uses CDS to live independently in their home. I worry about their health & safety if they do not have access to these services. I can not quit my job to help them; please increase the provider rates so they can live in their home and the attendants that work for them can be paid a living wage.

Missourians with disabilities want to remain independent in their own homes and Governor Parson needs to prioritize this funding.  Let him know how you feel!

If you need any additional information or have questions, please contact Briana Conley at Paraquad (314.289.4304 or bconley@paraquad.org).

Best,
Paraquad Public Policy and Advocacy Team

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