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 will happen, or how long it will take them to come to agreement. Besides the potential for funding cuts, a major fear is a compromise that would include an increase in minimum wage without a corresponding increase in funding to help cover it. The lack of increases over the past decade, not to mention the cuts we’ve already endured in recent years, would leave us in a position of having to make unappetizing choices. So, we’ll pass on the popcorn while, with trepidation, watch the show.
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!!!!!
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!
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.
On the “Documents and Reports” page we have put up federally required notices for consumers who utilize our transportation services.
Go here to listen to an interview on WSPL. Sherri Stephens and Ellie Eccleston talk about their work with the people we serve!
DHS dropped by unannounced for their annual survey of our Developmental Training Program today. They look at many things: clinical records, personnel records, safety and human rights committees, policies, site walk-through, staff and consumer interviews, etc. We got a perfect 100% score this year!!! Kudos to the SU Team for their dedication and hard work.
Survey analysis from parents/guardians of persons who moved out of the state institution in Jacksonville. It shows that tremendous fear at the outset of the process led to satisfaction with the outcome.
Illinois is once again near the bottom of the annual Case for Inclusion Rankings. Disability Scoop has a short article. You can get the full report and a lot of state-by-state detail at the main site. Illinois can do better in supporting people with developmental disabilities!!!