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Families Raising Children With Special Needs Fight For State Funding in Yakima

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GRANGER, Wash.-- State funding for families raising children with special needs, could be at risk for getting cut.

On Tuesday, state legislators heard from many who are trying to keep the money in the budget.

These families are fighting for funding, for the Parent to Parent program, and the Father's Network.

Both provide a support group for families who have children living with developmental disabilities. The meeting tonight was sponsored by the Arc of Yakima County.

Representatives Bruce Chandler and Dan Newhouse were there, as well as Senator Jim Honeyford.

One father says federal funding will still be around, but he's worried about programs funded by the state. Another big concern for him is the Yakima Valley School, where his son has been going for many years.

"One of the main things about the Yakima Valley School is the staff, a lot of the staff have known him for over 10 years, continuity is just so critical for anyone with a disability," said John Mahaney, a father.

The state is considering shutting down the facility in Selah, because there's not enough funding. There are more than 100 people with developmental disabilities living there right now.

John says he's been to other facilities in Yakima, but the one-on-one care at the Yakima Valley School just doesn't compare.

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