Two local men with autism get an extension to stay at their group home

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- KCRG-TV9 told you back in January that Medicaid changes were forcing Dalton Mumma and his roommate Kevin out of their Cedar Rapids group home.

REM Iowa runs the home. It says since the state changed to managed care organizations for Medicaid, REM Iowa has not been reimbursed at the same rate, and it can't afford to pay for one on one care for residents. Kevin and Dalton both require the highest level of care according to the state scale.

County dollars are paying for the two men to stay in their group home until June 30th. This was a rare move the head of the multi-county regional group East Central Iowa Mental Health/ Disability Services says is a short term solution to the state's big problem in serving people with the highest needs.

It will cost about $240 per day for both Kevin and Dalton to stay there. The money will go to paying for the one on one attention they need. Officials from the East Central Region say that's better for them instead of going to a state mental health institution, which is where they likely would have had to go. They're working with REM to see if they can keep them there permanently.

CEO Mechelle Dhondt says "We want to fund the service at the level that's needed, no more, no less. And so we have the funding right now to do it. We may not in the future, but you know sometimes you have to cross those bridges when you come to them."

Officials say they are going to meet at the end of the month to see who else is in Kevin and Dalton's situation, and how they can help them out financially.