“But it’s also going to have a broader impact,” he said. “It will help keep Pennsylvanians — who have dedicated their lives to caring for these folks — to help them stay healthy and safe.”
Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said the funding, in part, will make sure people with intellectual disabilities who rely on home- or community-based services continue to get that help. It will also help agencies continue to provide the services as safely as possible.
“This is not work that anyone can do without coming into close contact with the person receiving services,” she said, “and they’re not services that can completely stop. They’re most typically life-sustaining services.”
Miller noted these agencies have been hard-hit financially due to the pandemic.
The $260 million comes from Pennsylvania’s $2.6 billion slice of federal CARES Act funding.