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What Does Our Money Really Buy?

posted by Chris Sparks on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EPI’s very own Chris Sparks has recently become the President of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) Board of Directors.

ANCOR is a national nonprofit trade association representing over 800 private community providers who service people with disabilities.

Through his work with ANCOR, Chris will be writing regular articles found on ANCOR’s blog. A recent post by Chris is, "What Does Our Money Really Buy?"

This is a story about how Chris finds out, at a very young age, "you don’t always get what you think you are buying."

He directly relates this to working for a provider of services for people with disabilities and how there are a variety of needs that come from a single funding source, Medicaid.

With only this one funding source, Chris points out that once this money became available to community-based services we want to become better than state institutions. The services created were delivery systems that were in but not always a part of the community. Chris knew we could do better.

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About The Author

Chris Sparks has been working in the field of disability services for over 35 years – beginning his career as a Direct Support Professional. As Executive Director of Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI) he focuses on the EPI mission to connect people to their communities, create opportunities, a ... read more