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Friday, October 31, 2014
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$76.9 MILLION COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CONTINUES IN LANGENBURG

The government's $76.9 million commitment to eliminate the waitlist for specialized, residential and day-program services for people with intellectual disabilities continued its rollout today, with the announcement of funding for a new residential group living home for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Langenburg.

"Support for people with disabilities is a priority of our government as we strive to ensure everyone in Saskatchewan benefits from the province's prosperity," Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said. "The Langenburg & District Activity Centre's ongoing commitment to helping people with disabilities is a perfect example of how community-based organizations work as an integral part of Saskatchewan's human-service delivery system."

The Government of Saskatchewan provided one-time capital funding of $100,000 for the purchase and renovation of a property, and operating funding of $333,957 for 2009-10. This new investment in the Langenburg & District Activity Centre will provide a new group home and day program in Langenburg for five individuals with intellectual disabilities from the Community Living Division (CLD) wait list.

"Our government wants to ensure that people with disabilities are included in a meaningful way in the economic and social life of the province," Agriculture Minister and Melville-Saltcoats MLA Bob Bjornerud said. "Today's announcement will help people with intellectual disabilities live safe, secure and meaningful lives right here in their community."

The province-wide $76.9 million investment, announced by Minister Harpauer in September 2008, is being phased in over four years and includes $27.8 million in funding for capital projects. In addition, approved private-service home providers will be provided with enhanced supports, and day programming standards are being updated to ensure that the appropriate level of support is provided to people with intellectual disabilities.

The $76.9 million initiative is the largest investment in Saskatchewan history to support people with intellectual disabilities.

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For more information, contact:

Stacey Powell
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8689
Email: stacey.powell2@gov.sk.ca

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