Archives for the month of: March, 2007

Want to own cool collector’s artwork and original signed drawings from one of television’s biggest hits? At the same time, do you want to support epilepsy awareness and research? Now you can; a special auction of Heroes artwork will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation.

http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/heroesauction/

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DES MOINES, Iowa – With service cuts looming in the near future and with no solid legislative solution in the works the Parents of Day Care for Exceptional Children are taking matters into their own hands. Tuesday, April 10 at 9am parents and their children along with friends, family and past daycare families will gather at the state capital to ask for the legislature’s support in working towards a solution that will not result in any mental health funding cuts.

Currently the Senate is planning to provide an additional $11.7M in funding to counties for MH/DD services. Unfortunately this does not solve the funding shortfall as the counties need $16M – $19M in additional funding on top of the pre-appropriated growth of $4M to prevent service cuts.

If you would like more information on the day at the capital please contact us through the comments in the lower right corner of this post.

Well this week we have been to the doctor three time just not for Grace. I went in to get a shot for allergies on Monday while at the same time Joy was at her doctor only to find out that she has pink eye. Today I went back to my doctor and what do you know I have pick eye too, just not as bad as Joy had it (well at least for the time being).

Here are some facts that you may want to use in your communications with your elected senator or representative:

Disability services are funded through State funds and county property taxes.

County property taxes are frozen at the 1996 and the state is responsible for funding cost increases. The state agreed to make up any increase in costs in exchange for allowing the tax freeze on disability services.

Over the past several years, the State has under funded adult mental health and mental retardation services.

About 67% of people receiving disability live in counties with financial difficulties.

Polk County faces a $6.5 million revenue shortage.

As many as 900 Polk County citizens with disabilities could experience service reductions or no longer be eligible for disability services.

Don’t worry about making your email or letter to your state senator or representative lengthy for full of facts and details. Just by you asking what they intentions, thoughts, interests are with the mental health disparity or lack of funding for mental health services that the state is facing in the coming year will be enough to put it on their radar screen, and the more blips they get the more likely they will act on it!