President Signs Legislation Including the Care Corps Program

September 29, 2018

 Late Thursday, the United States House of Representatives passed its Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019. Included in the $178 billion legislation, which President Trump signed today, is $5 million in funding for the “Care Corps” program.
Since 2016, ANCOR has been a lead supporter and contributor to the legislation of the National Care Corps Act and the association applauds its inclusion in the House appropriations bill passed Thursday. Care Corps grants will help fill the growing need for caregivers and direct support staff across a variety of contexts including, notably, for services and supports delivered to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
“With nearly half of all Direct Support Professionals employed by I/DD service providers leaving their posts within a year of appointment, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are left in the lurch as they wait for providers to deliver supports that they simply aren’t staffed to provide,” said Esmé Grant Grewal, Vice President of Government Relations for ANCOR.
We expect to get more information at the ANCOR Public Policy in Washington this week; combined with our initiative to “build a pipeline” for high school graduates, this may be a valuable tool in the effort to strengthen our workforce.