AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's a battle that's been brewing through two administrations; agencies which deal with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) claim DHHS is leaving them behind.
The Department of Health and Human Services, though, says they've only added funding under the LePage administration.
Commissioner Mary Mayhew argues that 70-million dollars has been added to the system to help adults with IDD, and in fact, 700 more people have been taken off the waitlist.
"Support for adults with developmental disabilities have been at the absolute front of the line," said Mayhew. "This administration has moved away from that and has created financial stability; has prioritized our most vulnerable. We've not cut rates of reimbursement, and yet this is the commentary and the criticism [from agencies]. I am dumbfounded by it."
Todd Goodwin, the CEO of Community Partners - which runs group homes and services throughout the state - says they haven't seen that money and he can't afford to keep on the proper staff to help those currently within the system.
"We can throw as much money as we want at 'the system' for people who are eligible for services, but without an appropriate rate on the ground, organizations like Community Partners and others are not able to meet the demand and provide a service without staff to provide that service," said Goodwin.
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