Provider says government funding change will result in lost jobs for developmentally disabled


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CASPER, Wyoming — A service provider says some developmentally disabled people in Wyoming will be jobless because of government funding changes.

The developmental disabilities waiver program helps pay for adult and child care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Casper-based NOWCAP and other service providers have businesses, such as coffee shops, that employ participants when they are unable to work for businesses in the community.

But Chris Boston, of NOWCAP Services, tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1kivb1z ) that new funding rules will eliminate many of the jobs created through service providers.

Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti says the situation resulted from a federal regulation that prohibits the waivers from funding services delivered in an environment in which they are segregated from the general population.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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