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Reduction in Adult Protective Services backlog means longer HCBS waitlists

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And while we cite the good that has resulted in the drop in APS caseload, Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) on the other hand continues to experience an ever-increasing caseload of vulnerable older adults who desperately need help. These individuals are being waitlisted. Some have to wait nearly a year to receive any assistance depending on the type of service they need.

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7 percent increase needed for developmentally disabled program

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Through a privatized system of contractors, Arizona cares for about 35,000 individuals with severe developmental disabilities deemed by the state to be “at risk of institutionalization.” Instead, these individuals can receive services provided by direct service professionals employed by community providers, in their homes, other residential settings, day programs and work programs. These caregivers support people in a wide range of roles – skill training, companionship, assistance with medication and food, and personal care.

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Demand-based rate strategy makes sense

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Media coverage of the electricity rate case filed by UniSource Energy Services (UES) has promoted dire predictions from California-based rooftop solar leasing companies that oppose the proposal. We encourage every utility customer to consider the facts of the UES case.

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New Corporation Commissioner Tobin will take to the road

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If you’re not sure what the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is or does, don’t feel bad; you’re in good company. I’ve traveled all across this state as a former speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and as the director of the departments of Weights and Measures, Insurance, and Financial Institutions.

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