Mike McBroom escorts his disabled son for a walk outside the family home.
Mike and his wife Sheila often lie awake at night, filled with anxiety about Tim’s future.
Tim, 36, who is non-verbal and experiences severe autism, has seizures and behavioral issues. McBroom and his wife are doing their best to provide their son with a safe and secure environment in their Jonesboro home, with daily help from Medicaid waiver-funded support staff.
But proposed cutbacks to those Medicaid-funded services turn their son’s life upside down. Georgia’s disability officials are currently wrestling with likely budget cuts that will dramatically impact their son, and 187 others in the state with profound intellectual disabilities who need extensive daily support to remain at home.
The state’s proposed cutbacks affect 187 individuals like Tim who need more than 16 hours a day of support that allows them to remain at home, integrate into their communities, and enjoy some degree of independence, Mike McBroom explained.
“Under proposed changes to the waiver, Tim will no longer qualify for the person-centered care he needs to remain here,” he said. “State officials said they have identified the needed numbers of beds in various locations around the state -- and all of them are in group homes.”