Disability Fund Focus of Dollens’ Interim Study Request

Mike Seals - June 22, 2021 11:02 pm

State Rep. Mickey Dollens

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Mickey Dollens, D-OKC, filed a request Monday for an interim study focused on improving the lives of Oklahomans living with a disability.

Dollens hopes to use the study to examine the possible creation of the Oklahoma Disability Fund and how the fund, through innovative grants and initiatives, could make the state more accessible and equitable for Oklahomans who face disability.

“This Oklahoma Disability Fund could be a catalyst to changing the way Oklahoma serves citizens affected by disabilities,” Dollens said. “By empowering local initiatives through grants, we can hopefully find new solutions to increase the quality of life for many Oklahomans.”

Dollens recognizes that this fund isn’t a silver bullet but does see it as potentially more than a band-aid for the disability-related issues facing many Oklahomans.

“Like much of our state government, this community needs adequate resources,” Dollens said. “This fund wouldn’t replace any funds going to agencies who serve Oklahomans with a disability. I have and will continue to advocate that those agencies receive more resources.

“What this study will look into are new funding sources, identifying project initiatives, and exploring how the Oklahoma Disability Fund could work with existing service providers to help improve the lives of Oklahomans.”

Interim studies are approved by the Speaker of the House. Members have until this Friday to submit their requests. A decision for each study is expected to be announced by July 23, 2021.

To contact the office of State Rep. Mickey Dollens, call (405)557-7371 or email [email protected].

 

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