Today, I am heading to Chicago to meet with The Arc of Illinois Board President Terri
Devine, The Arc of Illinois Board Members and The Arc U.S. CEO Peter Berns. We look
forward to sharing with Peter important policy issues facing individuals with disabilities
and their families here in Illinois. Peter will also share many of the important efforts The
Arc is embarking on as well.
Managed Care. Later in the day, Shirley Perez, Phil Milsk and I will meet with staff at
Health Care & Family Services to discuss the recent flurry of medical providers leaving
the State’s Integrated Care Program including the University of Illinois Medical Centers.
We will be asking for the Department to take the position that a beneficiary who is
losing his or her medical provider due to the fact that the provider will no longer
contract with the Managed Care Organization (MCO) to which he or she was assigned,
may be allowed to switch MCOs during the lock-in period in order to maintain that
relationship. This has been practice in the past. More to come.
New Housing Options. The Arc of Illinois Family Advocate Missy Kichline, John
Fallon and Stephanie Sideman were in Edwardsville as families and their family
members looked at brand new public housing that can be made available for persons
Here are two opportunities to learn about new housing options for self-advocates.
These interactive seminars are focused on housing dreams and future possibilities for
self-advocates who would like to live in their own homes, with or without a roommate,
in the housing community they can afford. The same program will take place on two
The first will be held on October 27 from 10am – 4pm at the Jesse White Community
Center located at 410 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654.
The second will be held on November 2nd from 1pm – 5pm as a pre-session to
Speak Up and Speak Out. This will take place at the Hilton Hotel located at 700 E.
Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701.
Dr. Tamar Heller. Professor Tamar Heller has been named a UIC Distinguished
Professor. The award recognizes persons who have made a significant impact upon
their field through scholarship, creativity and leadership at the highest level.
Health Care Reform. I was delighted to learn from experts and advocates on the
importance of health care reform here in Illinois on Tuesday. Pictured here are some
of the best!
Tony, Cathy Chan, Andrea & Barbara Otto.
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423