The Arc of Illinois Update

Seclusion and Restraint – Voices Needed This week the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released its proposed final rules on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.  You can check it out here.  It is fairly similar to the amended emergency rules.  We need your help to make sure the rules are strong... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Chicago Passes Ordinance Set to Eliminate the Subminimum Wage in Four Years Last Tuesday, the Chicago City Council passed a budget as well as a management ordinance that included a four year elimination of the subminimum wage. The Arc, along with Access Living, the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities,and Anixter participated in the press conference,... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  Thank you for all the advocacy work you do to make Illinois a place where people with disabilities can fully participate in the community.   LOCAL Still Time if You Live in Chicago to Advocate to Alderman Re: Subminimum Wage – Corrected Link November 26 is the date for... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

LOCAL Still Time if You Live in Chicago to Advocate to Alderman Re: Subminimum Wage November 26 is the date for the final vote onthe management ordinance, which includes an elimination of the subminimum wage in Chicago by 2024. Please advocate now throughthis link from Access Living. New Inclusionary Housing Task Force aims to improve... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

LOCAL Chicago City Council Committee Votes to Move Forward on Minimum Wage Ordinance This morning, a committee of the Chicago City Council passed a Mayor’s proposal for what is called a management ordinance. This is an ordinance related to Chicago’s budget process. This ordinance includes components to raise the Chicago minimum wage to $15 an... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Action Alerts and Updates

Action on Monday Towards Ending the Subminimum Wage for People with Disabilities Hearing Monday, November 18 at 10 am at City Hall, 121 LaSalle Street The hearing will start at 10:00 am but please know that there will multiple items on the agenda for Monday including the amendments to the 2020 city budget, Rideshare reforms,... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update #2

  The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update #2 Wage/Rate Increase Update and Clarification On Friday, I shared that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had approved the 3.5% rate increase retroactive to July 1.  ICFDDs once approved will be retroactive to August 1 per the budget bill.  Director Stark indicated she is hoping to... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update #1

  The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update #1 – So Much News We are Sending Two Emails!   Update On DD Hub – From Director Stark Since joining the Division of Developmental Disabilities as Director, I’ve heard from many of you about the DD Hub and how it has assisted providers and families in resolving Medicaid... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Delay Until January 1 for Implementation of HFS Provider Registration The Department of Healthcare and Family Services is delaying implementation of the ordering/referring/prescribing requirements until January 1, 2020.This applies to claims for persons with traditional fee-for-service coverage as well as aHealthChoice Illinoismanaged care plan. Check out the notice here and below: This notice is a... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Workforce and Subminimum Wage Opportunities: Opportunity 1: From DDD for Providers – Dec 5 With gracious support from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has become a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN). The goal of the SELN is to assist member states in increasing the... Read more »