Director's Column

By Director Barbara Palmer

The Florida Legislature approved its proposed $101 billion budget for state fiscal year 2021-2022 on April 30. Included in this record budget is substantial funding to serve the customers of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).

We are absolutely thrilled with the financial commitment made by the Florida Legislature to serve our customers. We will now be able to serve customers in crisis and enroll new individuals from the waiting list with the $95 million allocated for that purpose. We anticipate being able to enroll approximately 1,900 customers with critical needs who are on the APD waiver waiting list. Thank you to Florida’s Senators and Representatives for demonstrating their commitment to some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. This is fabulous news!

I also want to thank Governor DeSantis for his support of our agency and his strong leadership during this pandemic. His positive direction in keeping Florida’s economy open has allowed the Legislature to provide the funding to meet the needs of our customers. We look forward to his continued support of our customers.

The key APD investments in the budget include: