Funding temporarily restored for autistic teen's caregiver - WNEM TV 5

Funding temporarily restored for autistic teen's caregiver

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Dozens of local families are breathing a sigh of relief after services. that had been cut, were restored for families with special needs.

It is a temporary victory for those families, but it's not a permanent solution.

"Somebody's going to lose," Dennis Mashue told TV5 a couple weeks ago.

Mashue also said he'd likely be the one on the losing end. We talked to him shortly after he found out he was going to lose caregiver support services for his autistic son Tucker. He said without the financial aid, he'd have to quit his job to take care of Tucker.

But on Tuesday night, we learned the funding for his son, along with more than 80 other special needs clients, will continue at least for now.

"There are a lot of people who depend on it," Jan Lampman said.

Lampman is the executive director of The Arc of Midland, an advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities. She said Community Mental Health for Central Michigan has agreed to reinstate support services through the end of August.

"It's a small victory, it's a temporary victory for people who were very worried about what their futures were going to be," Lampman said.

You may remember, the director of Community Mental Health for Central Michigan told TV5 it couldn't afford some services mostly due to reductions in state funding. That's why services were cut immediately.

Lampman said after an outcry, the state's attorney general got involved and she believes that's why funding is temporarily restored.

"Now folks can breathe, they can relax, they've still got supports in place to help them live day to day so they can one, work with the appeals process to see if we can't get those services restored permanently, and/or look at some long-term solutions to the bigger problem that caused these case-closures in the first place," Lampman said.

On Tuesday night, both Lampman and the Mashue's were in Big Rapids at the Community Mental Health for Central Michigan board meeting. They said they want leaders to know they care and want to work with them for a solution so all benefits are not lost.

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