Family Education and Support (FES) provides essential services to Montana children with disabilities and their families. The most recently proposed state budget would eliminate the program (see pg. B-15).
FES is almost entirely federally funded (Montana receives more than four million dollars annually in federal block grants), with the state contributing a relatively modest amount (less than $300,000 annually) to administer the program. It’s no secret that Montana is facing financial challenges, but this elimination doesn’t add up.
Governor Bullock has called for a special session of the Montana Legislature to convene next Tues, Nov 14. At this time, legislators will consider the state’s budget shortfalls, and make decisions about where to cut spending and how to raise revenue. They need to know that eliminating Family Education & Support doesn’t make sense. They need to hear from you.
The time to save this program is now. If you can spare five to ten minutes, together, we might be able to spare Family Education & Support for vulnerable children and their families.
You can call or send an online message to Governor Bullock and your legislators. Click here for a simple phone script, written template, and contact information. These resources are also below.
Hello, my name is __________, and I live in _________. This message is for (name your Representative and Senator).
I urge you to save the Family Education and Support program for kids with disabilities and their families. OR Family Education and Support has been essential to my family, because __________. Please save it.
Family Education and Support services are almost entirely federally funded. You can find a way to reduce the modest administrative cost to the state without eliminating this essential program.
Subject: Save Family Education & Support
Dear Governor Bullock/Representative/Senator __________:
My name is __________ and I live in _________ . I urge you to save the Family Education and Support (FES) program for kids with disabilities and their families. OR Family Education and Support has been essential to my family, because __________. Please save it.
Family Education and Support services are almost entirely federally funded. You can find a way to reduce the modest administrative cost to the state—which is less than $300,000 per year—without eliminating this essential program.
FES promotes independent family function, equipping parents to support their kids’ social, emotional, behavioral, and daily-living skills. The schools provide academic support, but the 750+ Montana kids with disabilities who currently depend on this program have the right to participate in their homes and communities, too—just like typical kids do.
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