Cy-Fair nonprofit Reach Unlimited calls for additional funding as Medicaid fails to meet need

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For more than 30 years, Cy-Fair nonprofit Reach Unlimited has offered services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

At the annual Reach for the Stars fundraising luncheon Oct. 5, Executive Director Lauren Black said Medicaid funds allocated to many of the clients are not sufficient to cover the actual cost of the services they need.

“To maintain a high level of service, Reach is challenged to raise the difference between Medicaid funding and the true cost,” she said.

The organization must raise $2,400 for each full-time client every year to bridge the funding gap and keep the staff-to-client ratio at one-to-three in group homes and one-to-five in the Learning Activities Center, Black said.

Black said Reach Unlimited provides an empowering place for clients to live, learn and earn a paycheck while contributing to their community, and many live in one of the organization’s 22 group homes. Officials said more than 150 individuals are on a waitlist to benefit from services.

The organization also anticipates future funding challenges due to changes adopted at the state level. Read more here.

To learn more about Reach Unlimited, sign up for a tour of its facilities or visit www.reachunlimited.org to donate.

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Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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