We anxiously await possible votes this week on the Fair Tax Amendment and the Human Services Appropriation bill that includes funding for community grants.

The DSP Wage Bills, HB 5931, is alive and on extended deadline until May 27th so there is still time to have your State Representative become a Co-Sponsor. See House Co-Sponsors here.

In other news.

Peter Tracy is retiring as the Executive Director of the Champaign County Mental Health Board and Developmental Disabilities Board. The board is now seeking a new Executive Director. Applications due by June 7, 2016.

Executive Director
Champaign County Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Boards

The Executive Director manages and oversees budgets of approximately $8 million generated by referenda-based tax levies in Champaign County for the support of persons with mental health challenges, substance abuse disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and related challenges.


This means Cathy will be working with Lilia Teninty in Oregon! Lilia is the Director of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities there.

Cathy Ficker Terrill, CQL Senior Advisor, Named Independent Reviewer In Oregon

The Honorable Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta has selected Cathy Ficker Terrill, Senior Advisor to CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, as Independent Reviewer in accordance with the settlement agreement of the Lane v. Brown class action lawsuit in Oregon. The lawsuit alleged that Oregon employment services violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and Olmstead v. L.C., by unjustifiably placing people in segregated, sheltered workshop settings with sub-minimum wages, instead of integrated, community-based employment with competitive wages. Lane v. Brown is the first class action lawsuit in the nation to address state-funded employment service systems involving sheltered workshops.

The settlement agreement seeks to enhance employment outcomes of workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, through person-centered approaches and individualized services. It also recognizes the significant progress made by Oregon, since the filing of the original complaint on Jan. 26, 2012.



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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)