First, a quick note about the wage implementation.  The They Deserve More Coalition heard this week that DHS is still working on the emergency rule needed to go along with the wage increase and that we should hear something “soon” about implementation.  We are hearing that it will be an August 1 implementation start which is technically within the bounds of the budget implementation bill, but obviously not preferred.  Again, nothing is in writing yet.  We are hearing that award letters would need to be redone and sent back to providers, which could take up to 60 days so there might need to be a catch up payment.  Although we have heard positive things about the proposed implemenation, we still have not written confirmation about the details of what they are proposing.

Please join us for the Sept 6 Executive Forum!  

Sept 6, 10-1 pm, Ray Graham’s Second Build (next door to Ray Graham Admin Office! – 901 Warrenville Rd # 500, Lisle, IL 60532.

Kit O’Brien Cota and Andrea Medley from the Division on Developmental Disabilities will be there to give a three month update on the person center planning change and we can discuss what ISCs and providers are seeing on the ground.  We will also talk about budget implementation, federal issues and other important issues of the day.

Assistant Comptroller Kevin Schoeben is tentatively scheduled to join by webinar as well to talk about how the state will pay new bills while trying to address the back bills owed to many.

Please RSVP to Meg at if you plan on attending so we can share this with Kit and Andrea and order the right amount of lunch.  

Webinar Option for Presentation Only: RSVP to Meg is you can’t join in person but would like to receive a link to listen to Kit’s presentation only.  Due to the nature of the meeting, we would only be able to webcast that portion of the agenda.

All are welcome: You are welcome to invite other senior leaders of your organization to this meeting.  If you are unable to attend, feel free to send another senior leader as we want to have a robust discussion with Kit and Andrea.

Again, please RSVP to so we have a correct food count!

Meg Cooch Signature
Meg Cooch
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)