State Budget Cuts Have Huge Fiscal Impact

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					                           The             Emory Valley Center


   April 2008                                     Voice
Volume 2, Edition 1
                         State Budget Cuts Have Huge Fiscal Impact
  Inside:
                     Since December of 2007, Emory Valley Center has been working within
  Upcoming       budget constraints initiated by the Department of Mental Retardation (DMRS) to
  Fundraiser     provider support agencies across Tennessee. In a letter received on December
                 6, from DMRS, the administration of Emory Valley was informed of the 5.7
                 percent cut for October services. These cuts were made after the services were
                 provided. Another letter was received later that month stating the 5.7 percent
                 would be given back to providers, but that an imposed 6.1 percent budget
                 reduction would take effect that month and be effective through the end of the
                 state’s fiscal year in June 2008.
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                 “We have an $8.6 million annual budget,” Jennifer Enderson, President of
                 Emory Valley Center explained. “At 6.1 percent, that’s almost $250,000 we lose
 Valentines      for the next six months. That’s huge ‘for us’. If it continues through next
Dance            December, that’ll be half a million dollars we’ll lose in revenue.”

                 Emory Valley Center, like the other 425 providers across the state, finalize their
                 annual budgets based on their provider agreement with the state.

                 These cuts are in response to poor budgeting from the state. The average daily
                 cost per person for individuals receiving services is approximately $233,
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                 significantly higher than the $209 rate the state budgeted for this fiscal year.

                 This reimbursement reduction has forced the administration at Emory Valley to
    Early        look at any and all alternatives and responses to the budget cuts. In efforts to
Intervention     be proactive, the agency has worked to make changes internally that would
                 have the least effect on those individuals served by the agency. Operational
                 restructuring, tighter programmatic budgeting, and increased fundraising efforts
                 have begun to offset the impact of these cuts.

                 For information about how you can help,
                 please read about the agency’s fundraising
 —Page 4—        efforts on page 2. For more information
                 about the services offered at Emory Valley
                 Center or for other ways to make
                 contributions, please call Andrea Johnson
                 at 483-4385.
                (Photo) Two individuals served by the agency in one
                of the many programs affected by the budget cuts.
   Mission Statement:
“To enhance the quality of life    Emory Valley Center                                                         Page 2
of individuals with disabilities
by providing an environment
 respectful of individual’s de-                  Happenings and Events at EVC
 sires and abilities along with
 supportive services, com-         In response to the recent budget cuts impacting Emory Valley Center (EVC) and
 munity involvement, and so-
        cial integration.”         those individuals served by the agency, EVC has begun to reach out to the
       ● ● ● ● ● ● ●               community in efforts to gain support whether financial or otherwise. Many local
          President
                                   events have been planned in coordination with area restaurants and other
      Jennifer Enderson            community leaders and members. A few to take note of are:
       Vice President of
          Operations
                                   •  March 13th, Chick-Fil-A of Oak Ridge generously
       Andrea Johnson              allowed EVC to host a fundraising night, donating 15%
  Vice President of Human          of all designated sales to the agency. This is something
         Resources
         Kay Austin                that we plan to do quarterly and is open to EVC family
  Vice President of Finances       as well as the community! Purchases may be made in the drive thru or inside
         Billy Ridings             the store. Emory Valley representatives will also be distributing information
        ● ● ● ● ● ● ●              inside the store about Emory Valley and its programs. For more information
     Administrative Staff          about our next Chick-Fil-A fundraiser, contact Andrea Johnson at
      Heather Carroll,             483-4385. Thank you to Logan McCay, Owner/ Operator of the Oak Ridge
    Day Services Director
                                   Chick-Fil-A for this fundraising opportunity.
         Layla Fisher
   Social Services Director
       Adrian Haden,
 Quality Assurance Director        • April 28th, from 5:00-9:00 PM, Beef O’ Brady’s Turkey Creek location is hosting a
       Heather Martin,             Family Night benefiting EVC and will be donating 10% of all designated sales to the
 Early Intervention Director
     Nancy Vanderlan,
                                   agency. Representatives from EVC will be at the store making contacts with diners
  Special Services Director        and distributing information about Emory Valley’s programs and services. Come on
       ● ● ● ● ● ● ●                          out and join us for dinner!
     Board of Directors
    Dr. Randall Spinney,
          President                              •Tune in on June 28th to channel 12 from 6:00-9:00 pm
      Larry McNamara,                        for a Tele-a-thon, the fist fundraising effort of its kind by
        Vice President                       Emory Valley Center. More details will come in the next
   Ginny Miceli, Secretary
                                              newsletter, or you can contact Andrea Johnson (483-4385)
   DH Johnson, Treasurer
                                   for information about making a contribution or to volunteer. Your help
          Obie Goins
                                   is needed and by volunteering just a few hours you can help make a
        Kendall Brady
                                   difference in the life individuals with disabilities and
         David Clark
          Ken Green
                         Inspired by ABC’s new show “Oprah’s Big Give”?
          Joy Wilson
                      Want to make a difference in your community? Your tax
      deductible contributions can be made securely anytime by visiting our
      website: www.emoryvalleycenter.com and clicking on the Pay Pal link.
     You can also send your support directly to the agency using the enclosed
            response envelope. Your support can make a difference!
March 2007                                                                        Page 3


                                 Valentine’s Dance




    Odie Jenkins poses for a
    photo with Crystalteare
    LaForge, Community                                      Rene Parker and Jeffrey
    Supports Coordinator                                    Hayden take a break from
    for EVC                                                 the dance for a photo




                                                   Marie Echnoz and Kevin Parsons
                                                    celebrate as they enjoy a dance
                                                   together



                          Mark your calendar


•   The Emory Valley Early Intervention Program will be hosting a “Trike-A-Thon”
    fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital on Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 in the
    gym of the Daniel Arthur Building. Donations are being
    accepted and all proceeds will go to St. Jude’s. For more
    information or to make a donation, please call Heather
    Martin 482-4772.
           Donations will be accepted through April 30th!
   Emory Valley Center
 Maximizing Human Abilities
        715 Emory Valley Road
        Oak Ridge, TN 37830
         Phone: 865-483-4385
         Fax: 865-482-5435




Community Partner




                           Please visit us at:   www.emoryvalleycenter.com

On March 26th, the Oak Ridge Fire Department along with Emory Valley Center
hosted a Fire Safety Day for all individuals served by the Emory Valley Center. From
the youngest to the oldest, those receiving services from the Emory Valley Center
enjoyed a visit and demonstration from firefighters. A Chili Luncheon benefit
followed the days activities.

                                           Children in
                                             the Early
                                          Intervention
                                         and Mother’s
                                              Day Out
                                         programs get
                                         a “hands on”
                                           look at the
                                            fire truck!