Help us save critical programs for more than 3,300 Arkansas children with special needs
Our goal is to increase public awareness of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS)’s proposal to restrict Medicaid eligibility for children with developmental disabilities. If this rule is approved by legislators, it means that over the next 18 months, more than 3,300 children with special needs will lose access to critical services. That number will grow to much more in future years as the number of children who are denied services grows.
• Research shows that developmental delays can be improved and even overcome through early intervention, enhancing overall quality of life.
• For over 30 years, community-based programs have partnered with the state to serve children with these special needs.
• Arkansas fought hard to create and preserve these programs currently serving over 100 communities.
• DHS wants to change eligibility requirements for these programs, cutting critical services for more than 3,300 children with special needs by the end of 2019 alone, with even more Arkansas children losing access to these services in the future.
• These children will become the responsibility of our state-funded programs such as ABC, Head Start, Early Head Start, public school pre-k, or regular day care programs.
• Within just a few years, an estimated 10,000 children with developmental disabilities will enter into these state-funded programs, which do not have the capacity to address these children’s special needs.