CIL’s were created by a federal law known at the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This law allowed for grants to fund qualified CIL’s who had applied. Over time, increased funding allowed states to expand the number of CIL’s.
In Pennsylvania, only nine CIL’s covering 36 counties have been created and funded by federal government over the past 40 years. Unfortunately, that left 31 counties without CIL’s. In 1994, Act 139 was passed and signed into law by Governor Casey, creating state funding for CIL’s. Since then, 18 CIL’s cover the 67 counties.
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