State Policy and Advocacy
Wage Implementation Continues
DDD has updated its state-wide rate tables in the DDD billing and payment system for the $0.75 wage increase effective August 1, 2017. Providers’ billings already processed for August are being adjusted with payments and remittance reports currently available to providers.
DDD has recalculated all Facility Rates for ICF/IDDs and MC/DDS. HFS is in the process of entering updated rate information for ICF/IDDs, MC/DDs payments. DDD has recalculated all Exceptional Care (EC) Rates for people who have EC rates being served in MC/DDs. HFS is in the process of entering updated rate information for EC payments.
DDD is currently recalculating over 21,000 rates for people served in CILA, Home Based Services and Purchase of Services residential programs. The DDD plans to transmit the updated rate information to the DDD billing and payment system on Oct. 3, 2017. Upon receipt of the updated rate information the payment system will automatically adjust any previously processed billing for CILA, POS and HBS retroactive to August 1, 2017. DDD payment processing should be complete by Friday, Oct. 6 with remittance reports available to providers at that time through MOBIUS. Additional information on how this affects HBS is included in the HBS Rate article above.
Payment vouchers for the CILA, POS and HBS rate adjustments are expected to be sent to the Comptroller for remittance to provider the week of Oct. 9, 2017.
What does this mean?
For staff, to remind people, the 75 cent increase is focused on DSPs and other frontline staff. The Division has given examples but has left it to the individual organizations to implement the wage increase how they see fit. For frontline staff, we recommend you asking the specifics from your organization about implementation. The increase will be retroactive to August 1. We expect that organizations beginning to see a rate increase now and/or will have their contracts amended by December. If you have questions about implementation, please email email@example.com.
What we need from you:
- Stories of DSPs who have left since the beginning of July, because the pay wasn’t enough for them to make ends meet and/or they thought they were getting a small raise and still haven’t seen it (delay from the State).
- Stories of DSPs who leave after the 75-cent wage increase finally takes effect, because even with that small raise, they still cannot support themselves or their families.
- Anything you are willing to share publicly about homes closing or consolidating and the impact that has on families and people with disabilities.
Please contact us with any responses at theydeservemoreIL@gmail.com.
We also need to make sure to thank our legislators who passed this budget. As we receive payment and workers begin to see increases if they haven’t already in their pay checks, we need to make sure to call our state House and Senate members to thank them for this initial investment but remind them that their work is not done!
Comment Opportunity Extended: DDD Bulletin on “Additional Staffing Support, CILA and DT Programs”
On Friday, September 27, 2017, DDD posted a draft Information Bulletin “Additional Staffing Support, CILA and DT Programs”. The Bulletin indicated that the Comment Period ended today, Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Since the comment period contained only nine business days, we are extending it to Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
The link is shown here: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=57957