April 06, 2020

There really is a Santa Claus!

In the Bangor Daily News on Dec. 30 an article regarding Maine’s surplus budget states that Gov. Angus King has requested about $8 million go to the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services as an effort to get clients off waiting lists. Thank you very much, governor!

Our 21-year-old daughter is mentally retarded and has been on a waiting list for some time. She is waiting for residential supported service.

She has now reached a point in her life where nurturing from her immediate family is not enough. She also needs the support from her extended family, community friends and co-workers. She needs to be able to function independently and be an important part of her community. Allowing her to live in a group home would help her to do all of this. She, however, can’t do any of it without the necessary funding.

Our daughter is not alone. Statewide there are more than 642 people waiting for day and residential services. The request, from Gov. King, would help our daughter and the others move along on their way to becoming productive and independent individuals.

Please, as the jingle says, “let your fingers do the walking.” Call your senators and representatives today and urge them to support the governor’s request for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. This is a wonderful and easy way to help advocate for someone who really needs your help. Toll-free numbers are: senators at 1-800-423-6900, and representatives at 1-800-423-2900. Walter, Jacqui and Katie Metcalf Hope

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