The Minnesota Senate passed SF 383, the omnibus human services reform budget bill on a bipartisan vote of 47-20. The bill includes an increase for PCA and other home care rates, new grants focused on self-advocacy and inclusion for people with disabilities, and several provisions to support family child care providers. The bill also includes support for substance use disorder programs, mental health services, and increased flexibility for service delivery.
In response, ranking DFL-lead on the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin), released the following statement:
“This is a strong bill that moves us forward in delivering better and stronger support services for the 20% of Minnesotans living with disabilities, invests in those folks who are providing these services, and helps those who are in need of assistance as they work through addiction. While no bill is perfect, this is the right approach in delivering on our commitment to the hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who need assistance from the state in living lives of dignity. I’m proud to see bipartisan support for the policies and priorities in this bill and look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate in the conference committee process to move it forward.”