Wednesday Webinar Series Continues:  Self Advocacy At Home During Covid!

March 20, 10-11 am

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Hear from Leanne Mull, Blue Tower Solutions, Richard Hollenbeck and Becca Burrow about how we can all engage in advocacy especially people with intellectual and developmental disabilities even though we are stuck at home.  

Action TODAY 9-12 pm – They Deserve More

Illinois legislators return to Springfield this week for a shortened session. They face an unprecedented challenge as they juggle state resources during this pandemic. People with disabilities and their caregivers must be a priority.

More than 1,400 of you sent 24,000 emails to legislative working group members at the beginning of this month, and we heard from them about the impact. Our advocacy is getting noticed – and we need to stay the course. Now, all legislators need to hear from us as they get back to work on Wednesday.

Today – from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – join our second round of Action Hours. During this time, tell your state legislators to make people with disabilities and their caregivers a priority – a must-do – even as they wrestle with the most challenging budget in decades. It takes less than 30 seconds to enter your zip code, get directed to your legislators and take action. And it really makes a difference.

The direct support professionals taking care of people with disabilities in this state deserve more. It takes a special person to put their own health at risk to take care of another; someone with patience, compassion, deep caring for others. These are not minimum wage jobs, they are not work-from-home, and they never have been. Now more than ever, we need DSPs to take care of our most vulnerable citizens. They are among the unsung heroes on the frontline.

Tomorrow morning, tell legislators to do the right thing, and provide DSPs a living wage.

Help spread the word on social media with hashtags #DSPsAreEssential and #TheyDeserveMore

Going Home Coalition Rally

Thanks to the more than 215 people who participated in the Going Home Coalition virtual rally last week.  Advocates spoke about the need to invest in community living, five legislators: Senator Bennett, Representatives Gabel, Wehlri, Davis and West spoke as well as Secretary Hou and Director Stark. 

Missed the Going Home Rally Last Week? Check out the recording here.  The password is “goinghome2020!”.  Continue to Advocate – The advocacy is NOT done.  Please call your legislators about all your community based services – highlight have Illinois needs to invest in community living.  You can use the hashtags #weareessential #goinghomeadvocacy20 #communityfirst

ACES$ Statement  on May Billing

As people and families using home based services might be aware, there was some confusion last week regarding the timing of time sheets in order to get paid on time.  Here is a statement from the CEO of ACES$ clarifying the process currently and going forward.  A shout out to Family Support Network and Shirley Perez for helping to encourage a clear understanding of the situation and to ACES$ for offering further clarification quickly.

“Given this time of uncertainty, it was never ACES$’s intention to cause harm to the very core of individuals we support and admire.

We at ACES$ want to apologize for not telling you sooner about our return to adhering to our internal timesheet schedule, which we have not adhered to recently.  

Especially during this global pandemic, we should have let you know before we began to enforce our deadlines. 

ACES$ has been in communication  with DDD on our process to correct the matter; however, due to the volume of late timesheets, we are unable to send out payments today.

Following our review of the 4/16/2020 – 4/30/2020 timesheets on Monday, we will send out payments on Wednesday May, 20th, for those timesheets  that are eligible for payments. This is a slight change from the DDD posting earlier today from Director Stark.

Going forward, for pay period 5/1/2020 – 5/15/2020, all timesheets are due 5/16/2020. 

ACES$ will process timesheets received from 5/17/2020 up until 5/22/2020 to be paid on 5/29/2020.

If a timesheet is not received by 5/22/2020 , it will be paid at a later date.

Again, please accept our heartfelt apologies.  We remain committed to you and are here to serve.

Sincerely,  Tim Moran, CEO”