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Executive Director

Local Address: Waterbury, Vermont, United States
Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
 
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Karen Schwartz, executive ...
www.timesargus.com, 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Karen Schwartz, executive director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, said the budget was better for developmental services providers than in years past.
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Schwartz said that holding forums last fall before Shumlin's administration drafted the budget might have allowed an outlet for people to express their thoughts on the proposals.
Karen Schwartz, executive ...
www.reformer.com, 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Karen Schwartz, executive director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, said that the budget was better for developmental services agencies than in years past.
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Schwartz said that holding budget forums last fall before Shumlin's administration drafted the budget might have allowed an outlet for people to express their thoughts on the proposals.
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www.vermontfamilynetwork.org, 14 Dec 2010 [cached]
Presenter: Karen Schwartz, Director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council Click here to view the powerpoint.
"While it is true that the ...
www.vermontbiz.com, 14 Dec 2013 [cached]
"While it is true that the developmental services budget has increased, it's important to know that the number of individuals needing new services increases each year, and that people are living longer as part of their communities," Karen Schwartz, director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, said in a statement.
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Schwartz and other advocates have said that's unrealistic and some services will have to be scaled back.
Karen Schwartz, director of ...
www.rutlandherald.com, 12 Dec 2013 [cached]
Karen Schwartz, director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, said the agencies faced two cuts in the 2009 fiscal year that were part of widespread rescissions across state government. Additional cuts were made in the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years as part of the "Challenges for Change" initiative.
Last year saw a similar situation where new caseloads outgrew the budget, according to Schwartz.
"There was going to be a rescission but there was a lot of advocacy last fall and money was put into the budget adjustment," she said.
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Schwartz said the group met at least four times but was unable to find any immediate savings.
"They came up with a list of possible reforms and possible things in the future that could save money, but the conclusion of the group was there was nothing … that could be implemented right away," she said.
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Some of the regional agencies will have to scale back services, according to Schwartz. She said the agencies are not all on an equal financial footing so cuts will not be applied evenly.
"What we're hearing is that some agencies can absorb some of the rollback and others can't. So, it's going to depend on where you live in the state and whether your regional agency has resources. It's going to be uneven," she said.
Schwartz said she fears the cuts will result in a return to "day services," which are cheaper, but do not allow people to integrate as much into their communities. It would mean "a return to a more institutional way of doing services because it brings people together segregated from the community," she said.
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