Disabled community meeting tonight to discuss legislative budget cuts

If you or someone in your family has received services or are waiting for services through the Utah State Division of Services for Persons with Disabilities, you may have an interest in attending a meeting this evening.Division Director, Alan Ormsby, will be speaking at a 7 pm meeting at the Cache Employment and Training Center. Ormsby said he wants to talk to all stakeholders: parents, caregivers, providers, perhaps interested legislators, because there were some significant budget cuts last year.”I wanted to provide people with an update as to how those cuts are being implemented,” Ormsby says. “I also wanted to talk with them about some current things that we’re doing so we can be as efficient as we can be.”Ormsby says there have been a number of changes recently and there may be a few more coming up in January. “I also plan on talking a little bit about the upcoming legislative session and what we think might happen in that legislative session. So it’s kind of a past, present and future look at the way our services are going.”Ormsby says federal stimulus money kept budget cuts from being worse and ultimately only five people were laid off, although that was five too many. He says there will only be stimulus money for part of the next fiscal year so it’s going to be even tougher to deal with.

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