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Special needs organizations worry about budget cuts

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Organizations providing special programs for those with mental disabilities may soon see budget cuts.

Focus Inc. and the Lawrence County Cooperative School both offer programs for the mentally disabled. They offer educational services along with helping them acclimate themselves into their communities.

Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill which could bring cuts to entitlement programs that seek Medicaid funding.

Sabrina Woodson, CEO of Focus, Inc., said they need that funding to keep the doors open.

“In our state's constitution it is to care for people with disabilities and that is why we have the services that we do,” Woodson said. “This gives us the ability to do these 3 things. It is to insure we have affective services and that there is a budget that is sustainable.”

Woodson said while the bill passed, she hopes it can be vetoed.

Woodson along with Lisa Williams, executive director of Lawrence County Cooperative School, said the programs they offer are vital to the communities they serve, and this type of funding makes it possible.

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