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Senator Bartlett Pleased with Larrabee Village Funding

April 27, 2006

Augusta - Senator Philip Bartlett II (D-Cumberland County) is pleased to announce that the legislature has agreed to restore funding for the Independent Housing Services Program at Larrabee Village in Westbrook.

The funding for this program, which provides seniors residing at Larrabee Village with services that help them to live in their own apartments and avoid nursing home care, was cut by the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a consolidation of services in last year's budget. Thanks to the efforts of the Legislature, led by Senator Bartlett and Representative Jim Campbell (R-Newfield), the money to keep this program alive was put into the recently passed supplemental budget.

" I am very gratified that we were able to get this funding back," Senator Bartlett said. "The people affected by this cut are older and need these services to live on their own."

" Many seniors moved into Larrabee Village with the understanding that these services would always be there for them, and they planned their lives accordingly," Bartlett added. "I am very glad things worked out the way they did."

At a recent meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services, Larrabee Village officials were told that, while the details had yet to be finalized, they will continue to receive at least as much money for the program as they do now.

For more information contact Senator Bartlett at (207) 287-1515.