Youngkin announces $300 million to support Virginians with developmental disabilities

Governor Glenn Youngkin made an announcement yesterday that an additional $300 million over the next two years will fund waiver slots for every Virginian with a developmental disability on a priority one waiting list.

3,400 Virginians are currently on the waiting list for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Developmental Disability waiver slots.

Individuals on the priority one list urgently need services and support offered by the waiver in a year or less.

Waivers can cover services like:

  • medical care
  • employment support
  • assistance for community living
  • behavioral interventions
  • assistive technology
  • medical goods

Governor Yougnkin’s Right Help, Right Now plan has increased the waiver slots and reduced the waiting list including 500 slots signed into the budget earlier this year.

An additional 600 slots were approved for the 2024 budget by the General Assembly.

To view the Governor’s announcement, click here.

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Executive Order issued in response to Loudoun County overdoses

Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an Executive Order in response to the nine student overdoses of fentanyl at Park View High School in Loudoun County over the last month.

In the last year, 19 juveniles in Loudoun County have suffered an opioid overdose.

The order directs the Virginia Department of Education to guide school districts to ensure all parents are notified of school-connected overdoses within 24 hours, enhance student education about drug abuse, and work closely with law enforcement to prevent overdoses.

According to the release from Governor Youngkin, the Loudoun County Public School division waited more than twenty days to notify parents of the overdose incidents.

The Governor’s office previously introduced the One Pill Can Kill campaign and the Right Help Right Now initiative to attempt to reverse the trend of increasing overdoses by Virginians.

To view the Governor’s release or the full Executive Order, click here.

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