State Government Shutdown Could Mean Program Suspensions and Staff Furloughs for Non-Profit WACOSA [AUDIO]
ST. CLOUD - A potential government shutdown could mean an upset to services delivered by WACOSA.They're a non-profit that connects individuals with disabilities to paying jobs in their communities.
WACOSA funds much of their programming and salaries with state money, and if medical assistance and medicaid are deemed not essential, they will be forced to scale back the level of programming and place some staff on furlough.
Executive Director Steve Howard says their services were deemed essential during the last government shutdown.
Howard says there's the possibility that, while WACOSA might be deemed essential, payments from the state could be delayed. If that happens, they'll be able to use reserve funds to cover costs for one or two months.
Howard says the staff of WACOSA is the organization's greatest asset, and they'll do everything they can to bolster them in difficult times.