Retiring Indiana Senator Patricia Miller was honored as the 2016 INARF Lifetime Achievement award winner by the statewide association of providers of services to people with disabilities.
Miller, a state legislator since 1983, was cited for her many accomplishments over a distinguished legislative career which improved the lives of almost 100,000 Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In his remarks lauding Senator Miller’s contributions on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, INARF Board President and INARF PAC Board Chair Patrick Cockrum put particular emphasis on her work restoring rates to the disability industry which could translate to increased wages for provider staff and higher quality services to people in Indiana. During her tenure as Chairwoman of the Indiana Senate Health and Provider Services Committee, she heard and voted for bills that would assist individuals with receiving services, funding those services, access to services, and finding employment for people with disabilities. Cockrum continued, “Senator Miller’s commitment to bettering the lives of all Hoosiers, including those Hoosiers with disabilities, is exemplary and we wish her the best upon her retirement.”
INARF is the principal membership organization in Indiana representing providers of services to people with disabilities. INARF members serve over 50,000 Indiana citizens annually and employ over 14,500 full-time employees. For over 40 years, INARF has maintained positive work relationships with governmental agencies responsible for human service programs, promoted networking and professional development opportunities for members, and provided leadership and support in the promotion of quality programs for persons with disabilities. INARF is committed to strengthening the system of services and supports for Hoosiers with disabilities.