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One local organization is hoping that a bill will pass

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - One local organization is hoping that a bill providing funding for Home and Community Based Services will move through Iowa's legislature.

Opportunities Unlimited or OU serves people with traumatic brain injuries and mental health disabilities.

OU has been providing services for about ten years with the help of state aid.

Last year, funding for the waiting lists were passed with bipartisan support but it was then vetoed by the governor.  

This year, the HCBS bill is still in the sub committee awaiting to move on.

Petitions are circulating to urge the governor to increase the funding which would open up more waiver slots.

"There are a number of individuals that have special needs in the state of Iowa who are currently on a waiting list for waiver services. And the waiver services allows individuals to stay in their homes and active in their community," said Jennifer McCabe, OU Vice President of HCBS Services.

Some of these waivers have waiting lists and they have a fixed number of slots.

These slots are currently full throughout the state.

In turn, there are a large number of people on these wait lists to gain access to home and community-based services.

"An increase in funding would allow individuals to access these services that they would really benefit from and do need to stay independent and active," said Jennifer McCabe, OU Vice President of HCBS Services..

Many individuals have been on the waiting lists for a year or longer especially for the brain injury waiver and on the children's mental health waiver which are both supported by Opportunities Unlimited in Sioux City.
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