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Corbett plans more money for services for mentally disabled

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 23 2013 11:48:28 AM CST

Gov wants more money for mentally disabled

PHILADELPHIA -

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett says his new budget will include more money to help mentally disabled people.

Corbett is scheduled to deliver his budget proposal on February 5.

Officials say he is planning to ask for $20 million in extra funding to provide services to help mentally disabled people live independently.

That's in addition to the $919 million that his administration says is being provided this year for programs that include day, home and community services for the mentally disabled.

Department of Public Welfare spokeswoman Anne Bale says the proposal is designed to reduce the waiting list of about 15,000 people by 1,200.

She says 51,000 already receive subsidized services. The waiting list has steadily grown in recent years.

Budget officials said last month the governor is also trying to avoid massive cuts in education funding for the third year in a row.