Health Department seeks to serve more developmentally disabled Wyomingites

Jul 24, 2013

The Wyoming Department of Health has come up with a plan meant to increase the number of people who can receive services because of developmental disabilities.


The department’s Chris Newman says they currently provide extensive services, including around-the-clock care, for many individuals. But the waiting list to get those services is long. Now, they want to start providing a more limited array of services to people with less acute cases.


“Our hope is that this redesign will allow people to get services more quickly, and we won’t find ourselves in a situation where we have a five- or six-year waiting list,” Newman said.


Newman says people with critical cases, such as individuals who have no family members to help care for them, would still be eligible for the full array of services.


The Health Department is taking public comments on the plan, and after reviewing those, will seek approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.