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A Word from the President
May 8, 2012
Maintaining our Commitment to Service
I would like to thank everyone for their outstanding effort in working through the extremely difficult budget cuts and Keystone’s reorganization over the past months. As you are aware, Keystone lost approximately six million in funding for Intellectual Disability Services as a result of November’s rate cuts by Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare. In order to meet the new funding levels and maintain our existing services, everyone had to play an important role in reducing costs.
A very important part of the cost reduction plan was implementing a new organizational structure, which includes the integration of Impact Systems into Keystone Service Systems. We began the process of integrating Impact into KSS on December 12 in response to Pennsylvania’s significant budget cuts to Intellectual Disability Services. Throughout December and January, KSS was successfully restructured into Intellectual Disability Services, Mental Health Services and Children & Family Services. In February, we began working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs to transfer Impact’s program licenses to KSS.
The Keystone Board of Directors and I greatly appreciate the deep commitments and work that have been carried out by our employees. Although we expect to incur tight budget situations as long as Pennsylvania continues to have revenue shortfalls, we are building on a solid foundation as we move forward.
The services that we provide are absolutely essential to the people we support. When resources become scarce, we need to be very deliberate and intentional in maintaining our focus on our mission. We cannot only concern ourselves with people’s health and safety. We must remain focused on value, independence, a sense of belonging and opportunities to participate in the community. We will need to be innovative and creative in how we use the resources available to us. To that end, we are working very closely with the Department of Public Welfare on a multitude of innovations and initiatives.
There are many changes taking place, and change can be stressful. Thank you to all of our employees for your commitment to the individuals you are involved in supporting. We must continue to make this our focus and together continue our commitment to serving vulnerable individuals.