Cuts could hurt poor
The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued an alert about possible budget cuts in House Bill 1 that could cost Catholic agencies in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux $1.2 million in funding for programs serving the poor and vulnerable. The affected programs include:
➤ Padua Community Homes: Residential facilities for the developmentally disabled and the elderly providing counseling, employment, recreation and other services.
➤ Padua Pediatric Program: An intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled in Belle Chasse serving 32 medically fragile children who have severe to profound mental retardation and are non-ambulatory. Services include 24-hour nursing, custodial care and psychological, physical, occupational and speech therapies.
➤ St. Louise de Marillac Ministry: A mental health rehabilitation program serving chronically mentally ill adults and youth with behavioral problems.
➤ Adult Day Health Care Centers: Full-day geriatric services including nutritional meals, health screening and monitoring, medication administration, exercise and social activities.
➤ NOW waiver program: Provides 24-hour personal care attendants to clients living in apartments.
➤ PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly): PACE promotes the health, and dignity of senior citizens by allowing the frail to live in their homes as long as feasible. PACE provides an adult day health center, physician care, medications, rehabilitative therapy, personal care services and transportation.