- Associated Press - Sunday, March 1, 2020

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine legislative committee has approved a proposal designed to increase access to services for intellectually disabled adults in the state.

The proposal concerns the waiting lists for two programs called Section 21 and Section 29 that provide the services. Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett of Portland said about 2,000 Maine residents “suffer while waiting to receive critical services through” the programs. That means lots of Mainers have to give up their own careers to care for them, she said.

The proposal is called “An Act To Eliminate Waiting Lists for Home and Community-based Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Brain Injury and Other Related Conditions.” The Maine Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee approved it on Feb. 25, and it will move on to the full Legislature.

The proposal would provide funding to clear the Section 29 wait list through June, and also remove people from the Section 21 wait list, Millett said in a statement.

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