The Arc of Illinois Federal Update

Good News About Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) The bill to delay EVV implementation passed the Senate.  This would positively impact families and individuals participating in the home based program where thie was going to have to be implemented asap.   “Passed H.R.6042: to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Call to Families on Homebased who use Self-Directed Assistance (SDA).  The Division of Developmental Disabilities has made significant changes to the services formally known as service facilitation.  With the updated Adult Services Waiver and the implemenation of conflict-free case management, service facilitation officially went away and in its place came self-directed assistance (SDA).  The Arc... Read more »

Join us for the June 12th Lunchtime Webinar on Universal Design!

The Arc of Illinois Lunchtime Webinar – Universal Design: It’s More Than Large Print and Accessible Restrooms June 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm On Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, The Illinois Life Span Program of The Arc of Illinois will host a free webinar, Universal Design: It’s More Than Large Print and Accessible Restrooms. Please... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Monday Update

Hope everyone had a great weekend celebrating June and the passage of a new state budget. Today the Governor is expected to sign the $38.5 billion dollar budget into law.  We are thankful that much has been included in the new budget – restoration of funding for DD grants, restoration of preventative dental care under... Read more »

The Arc Budget Update

ACTION ALERT Call Your Legislators especially if you are in one of the districts below. Ask them to include the following in the budget: Wage increase for DSPs beyond the 50 cents included by the Governor Fully fund DD grants: Arc Life Span, The Autism Program, Epilepsy, Best Buddies and Respite  Fund dental coverage for people with... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Budget Action! The Budgeteers are meeting right now to determine if there will be a budget agreement this year.  Please call or send a message to every member of the budget group right now. Ask them to pass a state budget before the end of May! AND support in budget negotiations the inclusion of: Wage... Read more »

The Arc Update – Action Alert and State and Federal Updates

Tell Congress to Keep Its Hands Off SNAP Access to nutritious food for millions of people in the U.S. is at risk Last week the U.S. House of Representatives defeated H.R. 2 (the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018, or “Farm Bill”) that would have cut off or reduced basic food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois State and Federal Update

New Member/Key Stakeholder Survey – Please fill out today.  Here is a word document for those who need greater accessibility. Take 7 minutes or less to help the Arc of Illinois in its future direction! FEDERAL ADVOCACY SNAP Vote Potentially This WEEK!  Call Your legislators now! You can click here to receive the contact number to... Read more »

CILA and SODC Scorecards officially goes live tomorrow 

The CILA Scorecard and SODC Scorecard will go live tomorrow. Here is the letter released yesterday from Secretary Dimas. Today – please submit a witness slip IN SUPPORT for the following bills: SB2424 – Diversion from Facilities, bearing May 16, 8 am House Human Services. Here is the link to fill out a witness slip. SB3237 – Expands and clarifies OIG appeal rights for people... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Legislative Update

Don’t Miss! May 3 DSP Shortage: Know Your Options.  It is free for families and CEUs are offered for professionals. Click here for the full brochure, Click here to register online State Legislative Session Thanks also to all those who have spoken up, sent witness slips, call their legislators this session.  It has been a busy one and... Read more »