|Published:||May 31, 2013 10:36 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 31, 2013 5:57 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Governor Rick Scott visited Fort Myers Friday to celebrate a major win for Floridians with developmental disabilities.
The Governor gave a speech at LARC, Inc., a local provider of services for the developmentally disabled to announce the addition of $36 million in state funding to help Floridians get the services they need.
For the first time in eight years, the Florida Families First budget provides additional funding for the Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver program to remove 750 of the 22,000 people currently on the waiting list.
"With this increased funding, we'll help families by providing personal care assistance, transportation, adult day training, and other needed services to improve their quality of life and their job opportunities," Governor Scott said.
Approximately $500,000 will help those on the waiting list who want to work by placing them in job training and internship programs.