Comments on Guidance Document requiring 90 days of operating funds
Hartwood Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1973 and currently provides housing and residential supports to more than one hundred fifty individuals with developmental disabilities in Fairfax and Henrico counties. At a time when many of the individuals we support are no longer able to work or attend day programs on a full-time basis and rely upon us for an increase in frequency and intensity of supports at home, additional unfunded mandates are unwelcome.
As stated, the DBHDS guidance document is inconsistent with the language of the regulation. The guidance document states that, "...have sufficient funds for 90 days of operating expenses, whether in cash or a line of credit" whereas the regulation states, "...the amount needed shall be based on a working budget showing projected revenue and expenses". Without allowing for projected revenue, we consider this a would-be unfunded mandate and an untenable burden on many providers.
We strongly encourage a revision to the guidance document to allow for projected revenues to be included in the requirement and we thank you for your consideration.