MN Rep. Tim Miller has sent a letter to the MN Department of Human Services asking why there’s been no federal funding for adult help providers.
In Minnesota, adult day service providers have stopped their work due to Covid-19, putting individuals and businesses at risk, along with the people they help. In response, Rep. Miller called on Commissioner Jodi Harpsted of MN’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to take action.
“People with disabilities depend on adult day service providers. Without these providers, many people will see their quality of life deteriorate. The responsibility to support our providers rests with the Walz Administration. Inaction on this front is unacceptable,” said Rep. Miller.
The letter says 35 US states have brought federal funds to adult day service providers and that Minnesota has not even applied for those benefits. Miller also says that the State of MN has “shamefully” ignored adult day service providers, but dolled out funding for daycare providers.
“If DHS sits back and does nothing, then many providers will disappear permanently. Disabled individuals need adult day service providers. Without them, many will see their quality of life deteriorate. As such, I implore you to take action and support our adult day service providers.”