The Arc of Illinois Update

NEW! Secretary Grace Hou to Speak at Arc Convention, April 24!  Join Us!  Register here. Save the Date for the Going Home Rally May 16 – Inclusion First! State Legislation The DPS wage bill was heard this morning in a subject matter hearing in the House Appropriations Committee.  With more than 2,500 slips, the effort... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

State Updates Homebased Service Agreement – Thanks to those who offered insight to the draft service agreement for those in homebased.  Based on the concerns raised through the stakeholder input process, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is placing the Draft Information Bulletin revising the HBS Service Agreement process on hold indefinitely. ISC NOFO Legislation/Resolution As you might... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

FEDERAL CMS Releases SMDL on HCBS Settings and Heightened Scrutiny March 22, CMS released a State Medicaid Director Letter that provides new and additional guidance regarding how states should assess settings for compliance with the requirements around community integration that were included in the 2014 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Regulation.  The letter touches upon... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

We have been in Springfield this week talking about the many bills that could impact the lives of people with disabilities.  Next week is committee deadlines for the House (this week was the Senate) so I would expect it to be a busy week since it is a make or break time for many bills... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

This is a huge week to raise your voice as people with disabilities, families and community organizations in Springfield.  We have two more weeks until the committee deadline where bills will have to be voted out of committee in order to move forward this legislative session.  As advocates, we need to make calls to legislators... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update and Call for Stories!

We Need Your Voice and Your Story: As we move bills through the legislature, they often ask for us to testify or have people with disabilities and families share their experiences and the ways they would be impacted by bills. We are looking for: People who have had issues with Medicaid applications or re-determinations.  If you... Read more »

Action Alert

Call Your Legislators and Submit Witness Slips Today We are deep into the first part off the legislative session where there are a lot of bills to support and potentially oppose.  As a reminder, as an advocate, there are a number of opportunities to lend your experiences and voices to educate and move your legislators.... Read more »

Action Alert

Act Now: Tell Your Members of Congress: Fund the Money Follows the Person Program The future of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program that has helped more than 88,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move out of nursing homes and institutions is in jeopardy! Background: MFP significantly improves the lives of older adults and people... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update

Save the Date: March 13 for Legislative Breakfast with Disability Advocates in Springfield.  See here for the save the date.  More information to follow.  We have more than 40 new legislators so making new relationships and educating them is critical!  We have a number of exciting bills to talk about as well this session. Nominate Yourself or... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Governor JB Pritzker unveiled his budget officially earlier today.  He talked about the need to rethink spending priorities, address basic revenue issues and fulfill obligations around consent decrees. He said that he didn’t want to hollow out vital social services but wants to move away from programs that don’t work.  He mentioned an infrastructure bill... Read more »