2006 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Eisenberg
Co-Patron(s): Athey, Brink, Watts
Restore Funds for Services for Blind & Vision Impaired

Item 350 #1h

Item 350 #1h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Health And Human Resources
Blind and Vision Impaired, Department for the FY2007 $200,000 FY2008 $200,000 GF

Page 310, line 10, strike "$10,021,719" and insert "$10,221,719".
Page 310, line 10, strike "$10,021,719" and insert "$10,221,719".

(This amendment restores general funds for services for blind Virginians over the age of 55 provided through the Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), which had been reduced in the 2002-04 biennium due to budget reductions. The restored funding would enable DBVI to resume provision of community-based services to Virginians over 55 years old experiencing significant vision loss. Advocates indicate that without such services, older blind Virginians will remain vulnerable to institutionalization, resulting in additional Medicaid costs as the these citizens use up their resources and become dependent on the Commonwealth for custodial care.)