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:
Develop More Flexible Residential Service Models
Family Advocacy Resources
Family Support Services
Increase Expectations & Improve the Quality of ISSA Services
Peer to Peer Support Services
Person Centered Planning
Positive Behavioral Supports
Restructure Day Programs to Focus on Employment Outcomes
Virtual Support Technology
Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments as the development of the new adult waiver is just beginning.