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Ruckelshaus: Legislation to assist Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2019) – A bill sponsored by State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) that would assist Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities today passed the Senate unanimously.

House Bill 1488 would require the Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA) Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services to create a plan to establish a statewide crisis assistance system program for individuals with developmental disabilities.

“Indiana is in desperate need of a crisis assistance program,” Ruckelshaus said. “This legislation would be a step forward in helping those who have to overcome difficult barriers every day by establishing a program that would provide them with the services they need.”

HB 1488 would also reestablish an expired task force to assess services and supports for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The task force would be required to meet twice a year until Dec. 31, 2025, to receive a report on the plan from FSSA.

During these meetings, FFSA would also provide recommendations to implement community-based services for Hoosiers with certain disabilities as well as the progress made in relation to previous recommendations.

HB 1488 will now return to the House of Representatives for further consideration.


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