Disability Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Spending Bill and Its Potential Impact on Health and Employment
On April 30, 2017, Congress agreed to a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 omnibus spending bill that will fund the government through September 2017. The FY 2017 bill was posted on the House Rules Committee website; President Trump signed the bill on May 5, 2017.
The bill provides a small increase in funding for the Administration on Community Living (ACL), which funds the Centers for Independent Living (CILs), and Administration on Intellectual and Development Disabilities (AIDD) , among other entities. Many of the programs that ACL funds either support competitive integrated employment directly or promote systems change efforts that promote competitive integrated employment (e.g., Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Grants). ACL also funds programs that promote and aid in behavioral health and chronic disease management.
The bill increases funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and decreases funding for the Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Education (ED), and the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, some individual programs related to disability within each category were unaffected or received an increase in funding. Nonetheless, the funding changes may have an impact on the programs and laws that each Department enforces. For more information, read the FY2017 omnibus bill.