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HHS Gives $33 Million In Real Choice Systems Change Grants
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 3, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC--U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced Thursday that the agency would be giving more than $33 million to states and other organizations in the form of Real Choice Systems Change Grants for Community Living.

According to an HHS news release, the grants are designed to help people to live in their homes and participate fully in their communities by making lasting improvements to home and community-based services. The awards build on the $125 million in grants awarded by the administration during the past two years.

"These grants will help people with disabilities exercise meaningful choices about how and where to live their lives," Secretary Thompson said in the statement. "They reflect our strong commitment to remove barriers to equality for the 54 million Americans living with disabilities under President Bush's New Freedom Initiative."

A total of 75 grants in 10 categories were announced. A listing of the grants awarded and the amounts is available from the HHS Website.

Related press release with listing of grants:
"HHS Awards $33 Million to States, Other Organizations to Help People with Disabilities" (HHS)


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