I am headed to Dixon today to meet with advocates and our friends at the Kreider Services while you read this message.The Arc has provided extensive comments regarding the development of a new Home & Community Based Waiver to Director Casey. I want to thank all of you who submitted comments for consideration.
The new waiver will come at a time when the face of the disability system is changing here in Illinois because of Governor Quinn’s Rebalancing Initiative and the Ligas Consent Decree.
Overall we are looking for a new flexible disability system that honors individual choice based upon need and individual budgets, focusing more on employment and having a greater variety of community living options.
Included in these comments are:

  1. Assistive Technology
  2. Develop More Flexible Residential Service Models
  3. Family Advocacy Resources
  4. Family Support Services
  5. Increase Expectations & Improve the Quality of ISSA Services
  6. Micro Boards
  7. Peer to Peer Support Services
  8. Person Centered Planning
  9. Positive Behavioral Supports
  10. Respite Care
  11. Restructure Day Programs to Focus on Employment Outcomes
  12. Transition Supports
  13. Transportation
  14. Virtual Support Technology
  15. Vacancy Factor

Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments as the development of the new adult waiver is just beginning.
You can read The Arc’s entire comments by clicking onto this link: New Adult Waiver Comments for Improvement

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)