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Courage Center Experts Disagree With Gov. Pawlenty's Proposed Budget Cuts
Date:1/27/2009

3 percent, payments to nursing homes (including Courage Center's Transitional Rehabilitation Program for newly injured individuals with brain and spinal injuries). -- Eliminate dental, podiatry and chiropractic care for those on public health programs. -- Eliminate critical access dental services, a new state program designed to reach the most underserved areas of Minnesota. -- Eliminate access to personal care attendant (PCA) services for 2,100 people. -- Limit access to some long-term care services (Medical Assistance waivers) that provide case management and other services to those with severe disabilities who would otherwise reside in institutional settings. -- Increase monthly premiums for a jobs program that encourages people with disabilities to return to work.

While human services spending represent a growing part of the state's budget, it includes critical services for the state's most vulnerable citizens.

"We were saddened to see that people with disabilities and the elderly didn't crack the governor's Top 5 priorities," said John Tschida, Courage Center's vice president of Public Affairs and Research. "Human Services funding is taking a huge hit -- $1.3 billion in cuts. No other area of the budget comes close to this level of pain. This budget fails to acknowledge the state's changing demographics and the need for future planning," he said.

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Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. At Courage Center, we specialize in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth. Founded in 1928, Minneapolis-based Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part throug
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