On Tuesday both the House and Senate will consider bills that in my opinion .takes the disability service system in the opposite direction we should be going in Illinois. The proposed legislation is House Bill 6304 and Senate Bill 2610.

The movement is toward integrated community living and activities, including employment, person centered services that are in compliance with the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Rules for Community-Based Services CMS).

We were told recently that many legislators are not aware of these new CMS rules. Non-compliance with these rules could result in funding this model with only general revenue.

What we should be doing legislatively is incorporating the new CMS requirements into rule or law and not creating a different system that is not in compliance with CMS, therefore putting our Medicaid match for disability services at risk.

Please let your legislators know that you oppose those two bills below. You should sign witness slips in the links below and contacting your House member and Senator expressing opposition.

Action Alert: Support Community Integration
OPPOSE HB 6304 and SB 2610

HB 6304 and SB 2610 seek to create a new licensure system for a select few service providers that operate large, segregated campus facilities for people with developmental disabilities.  These so-called “continuum of care” facilities would operate under a single license that would enable them to move individuals in and out of different types/levels of services at their discretion.  The services would be primarily provided “on campus”.   While CILA services may be included, they must be provided in close proximity to the campus.   HB 6304 and SB 2610 also require the state to apply for a Section 1115 Medicaid waiver for this purpose.

HB 6304 and SB 2610 perpetuate an antiquated system of service delivery and reinforce Illinois’ historic institutional bias.  The ADA and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision mandate that people with disabilities be served in the most integrated setting appropriate to meet their needs.  People with disabilities must be able to live in the community, work in the community, and participate in all aspects of community life together with their peers without disabilities.  Cycling people with developmental disabilities from one type or level of service to another on or near a large, segregated campus facility does not provide this opportunity.  Neither does it pass muster under recent rules of federal CMS that emphasize person-centered planning and clarify what constitutes a home and community-based setting for purposes of a Medicaid HCBS waiver.

HB 6304 will be heard in the House Human Services Committee on April 5, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in Room C-1 of the Stratton Building.  Contact members of the Committee and your own legislator TODAY and urge them to oppose HB 6304.  To file an electronic witness slip in opposition to HB 6304: Click

House Human Services Committee Members
Robyn Gabel, Chair: 217-782-8052
Litesa Wallace: 217-782-3167
Patricia R. Bellock: 217-782-1448
Carol Ammons: 217-531-1660
Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.: 217-782-8117
Kelly M. Cassidy: 217-782-8088
Tom Demmer: 217-782-0535
Laura Fine: 217-782-4194
Mary E. Flowers: 217-782-4207
Norine K. Hammond: 217-782-0416
Sheri Jesiel—217-782-8151
Cynthia Soto—217-782-0150
Brian W. Stewart—217-782-8186
Michael Unes—217-782-8152

SB 2610 will be heard in the Senate Human Services Committee on April 5, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 409 of the Capitol Building.  Contact members of the Committee and your own legislator TODAY and urge them to oppose SB 2610.  To file an electronic witness slip in opposition to SB 2610: Click

Senate Human Services Committee Members
Daniel Biss, Chair: 217-782-2119
Julie A. Morrison: 217-782-3650
Melinda Bush: 217-782-7353
William Delgado: 217-782-5652
Mattie Hunter: 217-782-5966
Heather A. Steans: 217-782-8492
Dave Syverson: 217-782-5413
Tim Bivins: 217-782-0180
Dale A. Righter: 217-782-6674
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Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
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