Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 26, 2016
Sen. AJ Griffin Sen. Kim David
Senate approves measure protecting programs for vulnerable
The Senate gave approval Thursday to a measure aimed
at protecting services for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
Senate Bill 694 shields several programs administered by the Department
of Human Services by mandating their FY 2016 funding levels must
remain unchanged through FY 2017. Sen. AJ
Griffin, R-Guthrie, Sen. Kim
David, R-Wagoner, Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep.
Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, were the architects of the legislation.
“The budget bill we approved in the Senate this week protects
core functions of government like education and healthcare and helped
avoid catastrophic cuts in other areas. This measure strengthens
those efforts by ensuring the programs that aid the most vulnerable
adults and children in our state will not be cut,” Griffin
Funding for the ADvantage program is among those receiving protection
under SB 694.
“I believe, given the option and the ability, most seniors
would much rather remain in their own homes rather than going to
a nursing home,” David said. “The ADvantage program
provides home healthcare and other services so older Oklahomans
can stay in their own homes. It’s far less expensive than
the cost of a residential facility, but without these home services,
many of these individuals would have no other option than to leave
SB 694 also maintains 2016 funding levels for adult day care, as
well as protecting funding levels for programs serving developmentally
disabled children and adults.
“We must protect the services that our most vulnerable citizens
rely on,” Nelson said. “This has been a very difficult
budget year, and many hard decisions had to be made, but I am grateful
we were able to find a way to protect these programs that are so
critically necessary for the most vulnerable children, adults and
The bill next will be heard in the House.
For more information,
Sen. Griffin: (405) 521-5628
Sen. David: (405) 521-5590