The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties asking for $540M in rescue funds for support


(WHTM) — The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties wants lawmakers to open up the state’s wallet a little more to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and assist with their housing situations.

Two of The Arc’s 28 residential homes are empty because of a staffing shortage. Despite that, hundreds of people and families are desperate to take advantage of the group homes. The Arc is asking lawmakers for $540 million in American Rescue funds so programs like theirs can retain and recruit workers. Adding it also needs a boost in Medicaid funding in order to be able to pay workers more.

“We’ve been flat-funded for decades so if I wanted to make a significant investment in my staff wages just to stay competitive with warehouses and fast-food restaurants, I need the government to be able to give us that money to be able to do so,” Executive Director, Anne Couldridge said.

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The Arc says if it and similar community organizations across Pennsylvania don’t get help soon, the people they serve will go back into the over-taxed hospital and nursing home system.

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