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Oklahomans with disabilities face job losses if DHS forced to cut waiver program amid budget crises

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomans with disabilities who qualify for a waiver program that keeps them working could face job losses if DHS is forced to cut the program.

Cody Troutman, 31, has intellectual disabilities. He has worked at the Goodwill Outlet Center in downtown Oklahoma City for 11 years.

"Shredding is one of his absolute loves. He loves to shred," Anita Troutman, Cody's mom, told News 4.

Through the DHS waiver program, Cody is able to keep his job at Goodwill. The program pays for him to have a job coach who helps him with his tasks.

Unfortunately, with looming budget cuts and lawmakers unable to agree on a solution, that will soon change.

"We got a letter from the Department of Human Services that said that as of 11/30 his services will be cut off for the DDS program, which means he will lose his job at Goodwill," Anita said.

There are 39 other works at the location, just like Cody, who will be affected to some degree.

"He will be at home all day, and that's a problem. I guarantee he will eventually start having behavioral issues. He will be very unhappy," Anita said.

"Right now, we heavily rely on state funding to help people like Cody. But, if we can generate even more funds through donations and through shoppers then we'll be able to fund them as Goodwill," said Tiffany Anderson, Creative Services Manager.

Anita said she is just hoping lawmakers see before it's too late that it's people like Cody who are getting hurt.

"They are hurting so many people, and it just starts at Cody and goes downhill," Anita said.

If you'd like to donate to Goodwill, visit http://www.okgoodwill.org.