The Arc of Illinois Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2019 CONTACT: The Arc of Illinois Meg Cooch, Executive Director meg@thearcofil.org / 815.464.1832 The Arc of Illinois Thanks the Legislature and Governor for Supporting People with Disabilities in the Illinois Budget SPRINGFIELD, IL – With the passage of the Illinois Budget this weekend, disability self-advocates, families and community organizations from... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Federal Update

Just out – June 25 “Supported Employment Action Team: Speak Up to Get the Job You Want” training for advocates, families and community organizations. Here is the flier. This training is the first of 5 trainings featuring representatives from DDD and DRS to talk about navigating the supported employment system. Register here. Federal Issues The... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Last Day of Session! The budget is going to be debated today. We are analyzing it now and will have more information once it has passed. The BIMP bill which contains much of the direction about rates has not been reviewed yet. Good news – Legislation Going to the Governor for His SignatureSB1321 -The... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

We just got back from meeting with Deputy Governor Sol Flores and her staff regarding many of the priorities listed below and DD Services transformation efforts such as the HCBS settings rule and rebalancing. ACTION ALERTS! This week is the last week for the Legislature to pass the state budget. They are also actively negotiating... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Quick Update/Clarification: Medicaid Re-D and ISCs One of the missions of The Arc of Illinois is to provide correct and current information that is vital to the community serving individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The Arc of IL hosts many trainings throughout the year and holds it’s large convention every April. This April, a... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

This is a busy week in Springfield! CALLS TO ACTION: Support Sexual Health, Sexual Safety Education Call your legislators to support HB 3299, which requires access to sexual health, sexual education and sexual safety training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in CILAs, ICFDDs and SODCs.Here is a fact sheet from theIllinois Guardianship... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Support Investments in Community Living Please take a minute or two to fill out a witness slip in support of “Rate Increase Legislation,” which includes our bill – SB 1148 – that will raise wages for DSPs. The Senate Appropriations I Committee meets Wednesday, May 8 to conduct a “Subject Matter Hearing” to consider all... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

State Legislature Starts Back This Week! This week, the state legislators return to Springfield for a marathon six weeks of budget and other legislative negotiation.  Priority for them will be revenue bills (cannabis, progressive income tax, sports gambling) and the budget. Today, this morning the Arc’s customized employment bill passed unanimously out of the Senate... Read more »

Below is from the Arc of the United States about federal advocacy: Medicaid/LTSS: President Signs MFP Extension On April 18, President Trump signed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R.1839) into law. This bill adds an additional $20 million for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program through September 30, 2019. MFP... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

As we head into the holiday weekend/week and next week’s Arc Convention, we wanted to share a quick update and call to action. Call, visit, email, tweet your state legislators while they are on Spring Break!  You have 10 more days before state legislators return for the last big push of the Legislative Session.  This... Read more »