Gov. Tom Corbett is scheduled to announce that he’ll request more money from the Legislature to help the mentally disabled get services that help them live independently.
Corbett is planning a morning news conference at the United Way of Philadelphia.
He’ll deliver a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year to the Legislature on Feb. 5. In it, his administration says he’s planning to request $20 million more than the $919 million that is being provided this year for day, home and community services for the mentally disabled.
Department of Public Welfare spokeswoman Anne Bale says the proposal is designed to reduce the waiting list of about 15,000 people by 1,200. She could not immediately say how many already receive subsidized services. The waiting list has steadily grown in recent years.