Serving Individuals with Disabilities since 1965
Annual State of the States Report
The annual State of the States Report is ready.  If you look at the state scorecard link, Illinois sadly remains near the bottom at 47.  There doesn't appear to be any discussion in Springfield about how to get our rating to a place that reflects the great state we are.
Criminal Justice
A great article on the interaction of learning/developmental disabilities and the criminal justice system.  We at SU have supported people though such issues.  We can have an incredible impact on a person's life by helping them stay out of jail or prison and become independent, self-supporting tax-payers.  If you're a state faced with difficult funding decisions based on lack of resources, this...
Survey Says
We added the 2015 state survey of our day and residential programs to our Documents and Reports page.  We were pleased to have scores of 97% and 99%.  These are unannounced surveys.  The day program is surveyed every year while the residential program is surveyed every 3 years.  We live the rules and do our best every day so don't mind them being unannounced, other than carving the time out of...
Once Again, That Time of Year
It's Illinois State Budget Season once again.  Time for our annual hoping (not much of that in recent years) and fearing (sadly, with good cause in recent years).  It will be especially harrowing this year with a new Governor in the mix.  Currently, he, the Senate Democrats, and the House Democrats, are a long ways apart on their negotiation positions.  It is very difficult to project what wil...
FY14 Annual Report
Our annual report is now available--just click on the "Documents and Reports" link at the right.  As  you'll see on the first page, please plan to come to SU's 50th Anniversary Party between 4-7 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015!!!!!
DSP Article
Another great article in The Times, this one on DSP Recognition Week.  One additional thing to note about Ginger--Mandy commented that Ginger enjoys her job so much that sometimes she starts dancing while she's working!
Renner Article
A great article in the Times on Saturday on our Assistant Residential Director Lisa Renner.  We are so lucky to have her here at SU.  
Title VI Notices
On the "Documents and Reports" page we have put up federally required notices for consumers who utilize our transportation services.
On the Radio
Go here to listen to an interview on WSPL.  Sherri Stephens and Ellie Eccleston talk about their work with the people we serve!
Signage
We updated the signage on the side of our vans.  We're hoping to generate more paper and hard drive shredding jobs for us.  We really like how it turned out.

Garden Time

Our garden is planted and things are coming along.  Some of  us were out today seeing how things were going and enjoying some fresh air (until we went in for air conditioning). &nbs ...Read More

Exelon Volunteer Day

On April 26, a big crew of employees from Exelon volunteered their time at the new house on Illinois Street.  They tore out the bathrooms, walls, floor covering, drop ceiling, capped all th ...Read More

Senate Recognition

Senator Rezin sent by a certificate of the IL Senate Recognition of SU's 50th Anniversary.  Thank you for thinking of us in the midst of a very busy session, Senator! Our party turned ou ...Read More

Brittany

Say Hi to Brittany when you see her Thursday night!  She'll be at our anniversary party and is a truly awesome person to be around. ...Read More

Annual State of the States Report

Posted By: jmallaney on July 22, 2015 in Illinois, News - Comments: No Comments »

The annual State of the States Report is ready.  If you look at the state scorecard link, Illinois sadly remains near the bottom at 47.  There doesn’t appear to be any discussion in Springfield about how to get our rating to a place that reflects the great state we are.

Criminal Justice

Posted By: jmallaney on July 13, 2015 in News - Comments: No Comments »

A great article on the interaction of learning/developmental disabilities and the criminal justice system.  We at SU have supported people though such issues.  We can have an incredible impact on a person’s life by helping them stay out of jail or prison and become independent, self-supporting tax-payers.  If you’re a state faced with difficult funding decisions based on lack of resources, this makes financial sense.  The cost of monitoring, prosecuting and incarcerating a person is a lot higher than collecting taxes from that same person if they get the supports to be successful.  When you under-fund a community system, you end up spending more on the last-resort options like institutions for people with disabilities or prisons.

And this doesn’t begin to touch the issues on the mental health side of this.

New Fiscal Year Article

Posted By: jmallaney on July 7, 2015 in Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

A nice article in the Chicago Tribune (summary here not blocked by a paywall).  SU is fortunate that the state has notified us that we will eventually get paid for the services provided as of July 1, though there is no guarantee of the rate we will be paid or when the money will arrive.  We have plans in place to ride out the budget stalemate in Springfield, at least for a couple of months.  The lack of increases (and cuts as well) over the years are catching up with us now though…we’re hitting our limits in terms of keeping up with rising costs like insurance and other bills as well as paying our employees a decent wage.

State Budget Impasse Letter

Posted By: jmallaney on June 30, 2015 in Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

Non-Profit Budget Impasse Impact

SU is just one of the agencies that has signed this letter.  We start our new fiscal years on July 1, and it really is difficult to set a budget without knowing what our state funding will be.  Fortunately for SU, the state has notified us that we will receive funding in our coming year.  We don’t know for sure that our rates won’t be cut though.  We’ll also have difficulty if they pass a minimum wage increase but don’t give us additional funding to cover it.  So, for now, we’re cutting back on our spending and reducing outings for our residents, and holding off on filling positions that go empty.

The major challenge is that we won’t receive any payments from the state until they pass a budget.  That’s scary!  We do have a line of credit we can draw on if our bank accounts empty out.  We certainly hope it doesn’t come to that.

We also empathize with agencies whose funding is not guaranteed by the state beginning July 1.  If they keep providing services, they don’t know of they’ll get paid for them until a state budget is passed!  Some can’t afford to do that.  Hopefully this budget will be completed very soon.

 

 

Survey Says

Posted By: jmallaney on June 18, 2015 in News - Comments: No Comments »

We added the 2015 state survey of our day and residential programs to our Documents and Reports page.  We were pleased to have scores of 97% and 99%.  These are unannounced surveys.  The day program is surveyed every year while the residential program is surveyed every 3 years.  We live the rules and do our best every day so don’t mind them being unannounced, other than carving the time out of our day to help the surveyor with documentation, inspections, etc.  The surveys look at a wide variety of things, from interviews with consumers and employees and guardians, personnel records, governance, service plans, Safety and Human Rights and Behavioral Intervention Committee minutes, policies and beyond.

Garden Time

Posted By: jmallaney on June 11, 2015 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

Our garden is planted and things are coming along.  Some of  us were out today seeing how things were going and enjoying some fresh air (until we went in for air conditioning).

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Exelon Volunteer Day

Posted By: jmallaney on May 22, 2015 in Boxes, Community - Comments: No Comments »

On April 26, a big crew of employees from Exelon volunteered their time at the new house on Illinois Street.  They tore out the bathrooms, walls, floor covering, drop ceiling, capped all the electric, tire out plumbing, landscaped and more.  We were shocked when we realized they had done so much demolition inside yet somehow left it cleaner than they found it.  Exelon also donated plants, mulch, and a roll off dumpster.

The house is a donation from Wells Fargo, along with $7,500 towards renovation.  The Dunham Fund donated $20,000 as well.  Established by John C. Dunham in 1996, funded in 2007 in accordance with the provisions of Mr. Dunham’s trust and nurtured during the intervening years by Mr. Dunham and a board of personally appointed advisors, the Dunham Fund honors Mr. Dunham’s life and philanthropy through grants to organizations that have the vision and programs to help fulfill Mr. Dunham’s dream of “making the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind to live and prosper.”

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Senate Recognition

Posted By: jmallaney on May 15, 2015 in Boxes, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

Senator Rezin sent by a certificate of the IL Senate Recognition of SU’s 50th Anniversary.  Thank you for thinking of us in the midst of a very busy session, Senator!

Our party turned out great–450 people in attendance.  People said they really enjoyed it and were virtually all surprised to see just how many different things go on at SU.

SU could never have made it 50 years without the support of all of our friends and the Streator Community.  Thank you all.  Here’s to the next 50!!

 

IL Sen Certificate

Article on Ty

Posted By: jmallaney on May 6, 2015 in Community, Events - Comments: No Comments »

Check out this article on a young man we serve.  His story is incredible and we are so glad to be a part of his success.  This is the program for which the state eliminated funding several years ago (and we’re still mad about that), so his success is a tribute the the support of our friends and community, the LaSalle County Mental Health Board and the Streator Area United Way.

Brittany

Posted By: jmallaney on in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

Say Hi to Brittany when you see her Thursday night!  She’ll be at our anniversary party and is a truly awesome person to be around.20150505155110

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