COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Disabilities and Mental Health

Laura Baker Services Association urges legislators to address challenges facing service providers and nonprofit advocacy organizations that are working to support people with disabilities and those with mental health issues during navigation of the coronavirus outbreak.

Include Those With Disabilities and Mental Health Issues in COVID-19 Emergency Relief Legislation

Last week, Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-12, helping human service programs to continue supporting Minnesotans with disabilities and mental health challenges during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Legislators return to the Capitol on Thursday, March 26, to work on emergency funding relief measures.

We need them to address challenges to service providers and nonprofit advocacy organizations that are working to support people with disabilities and those with mental health issues as we all navigate the coronavirus outbreak.

Why This Matters

  • The depth of this crisis greatly impacts individuals with disabilities and those with mental health challenges, their family members and support professionals, who are at even higher risk due to underlying health conditions, low income and food/housing insecurity.
  • This comes at a time when our current network of disability and mental health supports is at the brink of collapse due to the widespread workforce shortage.
  • Now more than ever we need to maintain stability and consistency in service provision, service navigation and advocacy to help ensure that people with disabilities and those with mental health issues can stay healthy in their homes and communities.

Take Action

Use the form below to urge your legislators to continue considering the needs of disability and mental health community members as they develop COVID-19 emergency relief legislation.