June 17, 2015

The Honorable Bruce Rauner
207 Statehouse
Springfield, IL 62706

Dear Governor Rauner:

As provider associations representing the majority of addiction, mental health
and intellectual/ developmental disability services in Illinois, we have concerns
regarding the status of state-funded services in the event there is no state budget
in place on July 1, 2015.

As you know, our members must make critical business decisions concerning
staffing and payment of bills in the immediate future. To that end, we would greatly
appreciate your staff responding to the following questions by June 26, 2015.

Please communicate with our organizations information concerning your
Administration’s expectations if no budget is in place on July 1. Is it the expectation
of your Administration that providers continue to deliver services in the absence of
contracts for an established period of time and if so would that be paid under the
current FY15 rates/reimbursement levels? OR, should providers cease providing
services on July 1, 2015 if no budget is in place?

Because many of our members provide residential and residential support services
they feel they have a moral obligation to continue services while budget numbers
are being worked on.  In the event a provider voluntarily chooses to continue
services after July 1, is it the intention of the Administration to allow payment for
services which were provided during the time period when there was no budget
and would the current FY15 rates apply for services rendered during this scenario?

We would greatly appreciate and request that a contact person at the Department
of Human Services and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services be
designated who can provide answers to technical questions posed by providers in
the event there is no budget in place on July 1, 2015.

Please contact Sara Howe at 217.528.7335 ext. 11 if you have any questions.

Thank you for attention to our questions.


Tony Paulauski, Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois

Janet Stover, President/CEO

Vickie Kean, President

Kathy Carmody, CEO

Don Moss and Associates

Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities
Sara M. Howe, CEO

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)