It is good to be back after a week of hiking, fishing and reading a couple of good books! As you might expect catching up is going to take a little time so if you send me an email last week, I will get back to you as soon as I can!I was pleased to see that the Illinois Blueprint has been refreshed and we still have much work to do but we are on the right track.
Some finding include:
In May 2012, the new report Illinois at the Tipping Point – Blueprint for System Redesign Update was released and found that:
Illinois is still not providing services to individuals with reasonable promptness. The wait list nearly doubled since the first report.
Illinois still relies heavily on State Operated Developmental Centers, private ICFs/DD and 24/7 community group homes for the majority of the services population.
Illinois still does not invest enough money in Home and Community Based Services
However, the new report also found that:
State policy makers have shown a willingness to make necessary changes and commit to a person-centered service system.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities’ seven year strategic plan can be used to managing many of the changes in policy and practice that must occur.
Implementation of the Ligas Consent Decree and the Governor’s rebalancing initiative are providing opportunities for individuals to transition to community options.
Self-advocates are increasingly calling for changes to promote community integration and self-direction.