Change needed in disability support
It's an atrocity that case management services for people who have disabilities have been terminated, and this will cost our state more than it will save.
There is a significant difference between people who are able-bodied and slothful and people who suffer with physical, developmental or psychiatric disabilities.
Most people who are not disabled don't understand that people who have disabilities have a very hard time doing things that normal people do easily in their daily routines. People who are disabled need assistance with their hygiene, doing laundry, housekeeping, cooking and shopping, etc., and they need a safe place to go, where they won't be isolated and left to deteriorate.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed into law, this made it possible for disabled people to find and keep employment but there are too many hindrances and disincentives because of the bureaucracy. When we do what is suggested by our providers and are working, we have the right to get ahead and be successful.
The caps on our wages and savings that determine our eligibility for SSI/SSDI benefits, Medicare and Medicaid, haven't changed for over 30 years. I would like to see a lot of things change!
— David Cockrell, Missoula