We received the following email from Joyce Dolcourt with Utah's Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities. While the NAC has not taken a position on any bill presented at this year's legislature, we feel it is important to pass along any information that may help the individuals, families and communities we serve.
If you are concerned about budget cuts, now is the time to have your voice heard. Public testimony on the budgets for the Department of Health (Medicaid, Children with Special Health Care Needs) and the Department of Human Services (DSPD, Mental Health, and Aging) will be taken on Wednesday, February 3rd in room 30 of the House Building on the Capitol Complex. The hearing will start at 2:00 pm. Public testimony will be preceded by formal presentations that will last about an hour. Since many members of the public will want to speak, it is best to have one person carry the message if you are going to be addressing the same issue. The time limit will be short and strictly enforced (2 minutes maximum and may be cut to 45 seconds if there is a large crowd). Sign-up to testify by calling (801) 326-1671 to get your name on the list of speakers. Sign-up will also be available at the hearing.
You may also want to bring 13 copies of your testimony to distribute to members of the committee. All materials should be three-hole punched.
Joyce Dolcourt, M.A.
Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities