The Arc of Illinois Update

Save the Date: HCBS Settings Webinar! Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities and The Arc of Illinois are hosting a webinar: Keeping the Community in HCBS Funded Services: Understanding and Commenting on the Statewide Transition Plan Thursday, Feb 27 2-3:30 pm Do you want to help make sure that community services and supports for people with... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

New Illinois Medicaid Income Guidelines For the Year 2020 Effective: March 1, 2020 AABD    For 1 Person-> $1063 + $25 = $ 1088 ACA      For 1 Person -> $ 1467, For 2 People -> $ 1983 HBWD   For 1 Person -> $ 3721 + $25 =  $ 3746 HFS Medicaid Director Change On Friday, a the Medicaid Advisory Committee meeting,... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

The Arc of Illinois Update: Newly Released Draft Statewide Transition Plan Newly Updated Draft Statewide Transition Plan Related to HCBS Settings Rule Thank you to Director Stark for sharing with the the Arc Executive Leadership Conference the newly released draft statewide transition plan to implement the HCBS settings rule. Illinois is one of five states... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

The Arc of Illinois:  Medicaid Block Granting Proposal Reminder DUE TODAY BYMIDNIGHT– Comment on the State Board Proposed Rules around Seclusion and Restraint Don’t miss the opportunity to share your thoughts, stories and experiencesabout the Illinois State Board of Education regarding their proposed new rules around seclusion and restraint. The proposed rules prohibit isolated seclusion... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

State of the State This week, Governor Pritzker gave his second State of the State and highlighted a number of issues including education, corruption, property tax relief, pensions and working together.  Here is the transcript to the speech.  Next up will be the Govnero’s budget speech in February 19. Harmon Names New Leadership Team New Illinois Senate... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois: Act Now!

Reminder DUE TODAY – Application for DD Advisory Committee Applications to join the new DD Advisory Committee that will advise Director Stark on home and community based services.  Here is information about the committee, expected to meet about quarterly.  Here is the one page application to be sent to allison.stark@illinois.gov.  The Arc wants to make sure... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois: Action Alert to Protect Social Security and SSI

Protect Social Security and SSI! The Social Security Administration (SSA) has proposed a rule that would require complicated paperwork more often and put benefits for thousands of people with disabilities at risk! Social Security andSupplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are crucial supports for many people with disabilities, and the system to access these benefits is... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Don’t Miss Our Spring Events: QIDP Conference – Jan 28, Alsip Executive Leadership Conference – Feb 5-6, Lisle The Arc of Illinois 70th Convention – April 22-23, Lisle Check them out and more here.  Importance Announcements from DDD Please see below two notices from DDD. One note about the additional $56.3 M the state is... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

A few good notes from Director Allison Stark of the Division of Developmental Disabilities before the holidays! Good Afternoon! As the new year fast approaches I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate some exciting happenings within the Division. SHORT-TERM STABILIZATION HOMES Since 2016, DDD has funded four Short-Term Stabilization Homes (SSH) operated by Envision... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

The Arc of Illinois Update – Take Action! We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and new year.  Please note, the Arc update will be out the week of Jan 6. TAKE ACTION! TODAY Is National Call-In Day for MFP Reauthorization Act Now:Call your Members of Congress and ask them to permanently reauthorize MFP. The... Read more »