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A Word from the President
September 7, 2012
An Update on the Fiscal Year
I would like to thank everyone for their outstanding performance in working through the challenging budget cuts and KHS’s reorganization. Since October 2011 when we received notice of the retroactive cuts to funding for Pennsylvania’s intellectual disability services, we have had to make difficult decisions to ensure the longevity of our mission. Thanks to the outstanding effort of our employees in swiftly implementing organizational changes, our finances began to improve. Since January, we have had positive performance for the second half of the fiscal year, which closed on June 30.
Among those organizational changes was the integration of Impact Systems into Keystone Service Systems. I am happy to report that Impact is now fully integrated, with programs licensed under KSS and all employees employed within Keystone. I am especially appreciative of all the hard work of the many people who assisted with the transition to over 20 new properties that we acquired to replace leased homes.
As we look toward this fiscal year, we expect funding to continue to improve in intellectual disability services. Our children’s services will not be dramatically affected by changes in funding. We expect our biggest funding challenge to be in mental health services. The Pennsylvania state budget includes an almost 8% decrease in funding for mental health services. We are actively working with each county to determine how our funding will be affected.
Autism services may also be facing a challenging funding situation as the capitation rate for the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) will be decreasing. Given our past experience, however, the capitation rate we received this year will allow us to continue supporting the individuals currently using ACAP. We are advocating with the state to reinvest money to expand ACAP.
Like many other states, Connecticut has faced significant revenue shortfalls over the past few years. As a result, it has become more challenging for Key Human Services to provide support, while the cost of doing business continues to rise. We have been fortunate to capture the attention of state legislators and have worked diligently to enlighten them regarding the fiscal issues facing nonprofit providers. Providing community education and informing people of the hard work being performed at nonprofits by direct support professionals throughout Connecticut has been a priority. Through advocacy and the support of the Connecticut legislature, Key will receive a 1% COLA effective January 1, 2013. We are grateful that our voices have been heard and our valuable work has been recognized. We will continue to advocate for the individuals we support, as well as the cost of living adjustments for our employees.
Within human services, we are constantly challenged to be good stewards of public funding. We are always open to new and more efficient ways to provide services. Change is inevitable, but it often opens doors to new possibilities. We are fortunate to work with an outstanding community of people who are able to adapt and make the best use of the resources available to us. Throughout all of these changes, one constant has been everyone’s dedication to the people we support. With this level of commitment, we will be able to take on the challenges and opportunities that may arise in the future.