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Molinaro proposes federal 'ThinkDifferently' legislation

Feb 01, 2023 1:00 am

Patricia R. Doxsey is reporting for the Daily Freeman U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro has introduced a bill that would create a comprehensive database of agencies that provide support services and resources available to individuals with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities. The Red Hook Republican said on January 31, the “Think Differently Database Act,”  would offer “a single point of access” for individuals and families in need of those services and resources. Molinaro said in a press release, “Currently, many individuals with disabilities, families and caregivers don’t know what services are available to them.” He said those seeking services are forced to navigate “a confusing patchwork of federal, state, and local resources to find and access the services they need.” The bill, co-sponsored by New Jersey Democrat Rep. Mikie Sherril would provide “a one-stop shop for locating resources that support and empower individuals with disabilities.” The measure would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to create a comprehensive website that includes federal and state resources available for those with disabilities, resources that connect individuals, families and caregivers with healthcare, mental health and other community-based services within state Medicaid programs and a zip code feature to help individuals locate resources in their community. One of Molinaro's children is on the autism spectrum and as a result, he devoted his efforts as Dutchess County executive to changing the way individuals, businesses, organizations and communities relate to those with special needs through his “ThinkDifferently” initiative. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.