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Horizons Specialized Services in Northwest Colorado receives grant for Family Support Program

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Horizons Specialized Services has received a $15,000 Daniels Fund grant to supplement funding for its five-county Family Support Program, the organization announced in a news release.

The Family Support Program involves working in partnership with families and communities to expand opportunities for individuals with, or at risk of, developmental disabilities.

"The grant will enable our program to achieve its goal of reducing the financial stress associated with raising a child with a developmental disability," said Deirdre Pepin, Horizons grants and publications coordinator.

"It will allow Horizons to be the support system we strive to be."

The Family Support Program offers service coordination and financial assistance to families with an eligible family member of any age living at home.

Family Support funds are used to reimburse families for expenses associated with the care of their eligible family member, including medical and professional treatments and therapies, respite care, home modifications, insurance deductibles and co-payments, and adaptive equipment.

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Family Support is a "payor of last resort," Horizons reported.

Families who have a child with a developmental delay or disability living at home and receiving services from Horizons can apply for financial assistance from the Family Support Program.

Horizons receives funding for this program from the state and administers the funds to families.

The Daniels Fund grant will supplement Horizons' state funding contract, which suffered a 50-percent decrease last year.

"This grant addresses the difference between families' needs and the state's budget," Pepin said.

In 2008, Horizons' state allocation for the Family Support Program was $94,794. Program funding has been "consistently reduced since then," Horizons reported.

Horizons' Family Support Council, a group of volunteers that helps decide how to best use available funds, is grateful for the Daniels grant.

"Since funding has been cut so deeply," said Judy Shelton, Family Support Council member and service coordinator, "it couldn't have come at a better time."

For more information about Horizons' services and programs, call 879-4466 or visit http://www.horizonsnwc.org.

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