State Budget Impasse Letter

Non-Profit Budget Impasse Impact

SU is just one of the agencies that has signed this letter.  We start our new fiscal years on July 1, and it really is difficult to set a budget without knowing what our state funding will be.  Fortunately for SU, the state has notified us that we will receive funding in our coming year.  We don’t know for sure that our rates won’t be cut though.  We’ll also have difficulty if they pass a minimum wage increase but don’t give us additional funding to cover it.  So, for now, we’re cutting back on our spending and reducing outings for our residents, and holding off on filling positions that go empty.

The major challenge is that we won’t receive any payments from the state until they pass a budget.  That’s scary!  We do have a line of credit we can draw on if our bank accounts empty out.  We certainly hope it doesn’t come to that.

We also empathize with agencies whose funding is not guaranteed by the state beginning July 1.  If they keep providing services, they don’t know of they’ll get paid for them until a state budget is passed!  Some can’t afford to do that.  Hopefully this budget will be completed very soon.

 

 

Survey Says

We added the 2015 state survey of our day and residential programs to our Documents and Reports page.  We were pleased to have scores of 97% and 99%.  These are unannounced surveys.  The day program is surveyed every year while the residential program is surveyed every 3 years.  We live the rules and do our best every day so don’t mind them being unannounced, other than carving the time out of our day to help the surveyor with documentation, inspections, etc.  The surveys look at a wide variety of things, from interviews with consumers and employees and guardians, personnel records, governance, service plans, Safety and Human Rights and Behavioral Intervention Committee minutes, policies and beyond.