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We have some bad news: The Governor has proposed a SECOND cut to funding the Consumer Directed Services program for Fiscal Year 2022. If the proposed funding cuts are passed it could mean you or someone you love will lose services.

We need your help.

There are several ways you can get involved:


Email – Right Now!

Email your Missouri State Representative and let them know that these proposed cuts could really hurt you. Tell them what would happen if you did not have CDS. What kinds of things would you have to stop doing? Phrases you can use:

    1. “My services will be cut if these cuts pass”
    2. “I am afraid I will have to quit [list some things you do in the community]”
    3. I will have to live in a nursing home because I can not [list some tasks that your attendant helps you with, like cooking, bathing, using the restroom, cleaning] by myself and the only other option for my needs to be met is if I am in a nursing home. I do not want that”

Sample Email – you can customize this to make it personal! The more personal the better!

Dear Representative_________,

My name is ______ and I am a constituent in your district. I am writing today to let you know that I am passionate about the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Program. Governor Parson has proposed two budget cuts that would devastate the program. Without CDS I will lose my independence. Please encourage Representative Cody Smith to stop the cuts in HB 10, Section 10.810. Missouri has the funds available, especially with the funding from the most recent COVID relief bill. Thank you for your continued support of People with disabilities.

Warmly,

[Name]

Social Media and Conversations With Friends and Families – Right Now

Share this blog and tell your family and friends how CDS helps you. Ask them to call their state representatives to share the message about the proposed cuts.

Sample post or message to family/friends:

Governor Parson has proposed TWO budget cuts to Consumer Directed Services, the program I use to live independently. Advocates across the state are working together to make sure these cuts don’t happen. Call your Missouri State House Representative between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Monday to let them know that funding for Consumer directed services should not be cut by saying “Please encourage Representative Cody Smith to stop the cuts to Consumer Directed Services in HB 10, Section 10.810”.

Phone Calls – Monday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Call your Missouri State House Representative on Monday to let them know that funding for Consumer directed services should not be cut.  Phrases you can use during the call stress the importance of blocking these cuts:

  1. “My services will be cut if these cuts pass”
  2. “I am afraid I will have to quit [list some things you do in the community]”
  3. “I will have to live in a nursing home because I can not [list some tasks that your attendant helps you with, like cooking, bathing, using the restroom, cleaning] by myself and the only other option for my needs to be met is if I am in a nursing home. I do not want that”

Sample call script:

My name is ______ and I am a constituent in your district. I am calling today to let the Representative know that Governor Parson has proposed two budget cuts that would devastate the Consumer Directed Services program. I use this program to live independently. Without CDS I will lose my independence. Please encourage Representative Cody Smith to stop the cuts in HB 10, Section 10.810. Missouri has the funds available, especially with the funding from the most recent COVID relief bill. Thank you for your time and willingness to support people with disabilities.

Find your Missouri State Representative here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

Office of Governor Michael L. Parson
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222

You can email the Governor’s office via this link:  https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us

If you have any questions or need help finding your Representative please call Sarah at 314-289-4277!

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