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Budget Season, Such as it is here in Illinois
UW Findings The Illinois United Way put out a survey of the impact of the budget impasse here in Illinois.  Simply put, it has been horrific.  As for the impact on SU, it has been thankfully minimal.  Because of court orders we have continued to be paid for our services.  The only thing that hasn't been paid has been our janitorial contract at the Illinois State Police Headquarters in LP. ...
Annual Report
Visit our Documents and Reports page to see our FY15 Annual Report.
Article on State Budget
SU was mentioned in a state budget article.  They mention the DON score.  That doesn't not have a direct impact on SU's funding from the state.  It does impact some of the people who live on their own or with family who receive services through the Division of Rehabilitation Services Home Services Program though.  Still, we find this uncharted state budget territory to be nerve-wracking, even ...
NDEAM
Happy October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month!  Work/Employment is a major part of what we do at SU.  We have work on-site for our consumers in our workshop, from the powder coat paint line to washing totes to packaging and dip tubes.  We support people off-site, at the LaSalle State Police Headquarters and US Foods.  Consumers work in the community in a variety of Streator bus...
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!

Budget Season, Such as it is here in Illinois

Posted By: jmallaney on February 1, 2016 in Illinois, News - Comments: No Comments »

UW Findings

The Illinois United Way put out a survey of the impact of the budget impasse here in Illinois.  Simply put, it has been horrific.  As for the impact on SU, it has been thankfully minimal.  Because of court orders we have continued to be paid for our services.  The only thing that hasn’t been paid has been our janitorial contract at the Illinois State Police Headquarters in LP.  We haven’t been paid since July 1 due to there being no state budget this fiscal year.  We can’t imagine where we’d be right now were it not for the court order for our services.  There are many agencies without court orders for their services and they are having a very difficult time.

Separate from that, we desperately need an increase in funding.  On the one hand, it seems crazy to say so at this time.  On the other, we’re having trouble keeping up with salaries and expenses after ten years without any funding increase plus those cuts to our workshop grant.  We having filled our last three day program positions that opened up and are not bringing workshop consumers in when there’s no work for them.  This is hard on them in terms of income, and hard on some families as they need to find supports for their child during the day.

Annual Report

Posted By: jmallaney on December 1, 2015 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Visit our Documents and Reports page to see our FY15 Annual Report.

Article on State Budget

Posted By: jmallaney on November 9, 2015 in Illinois, News - Comments: No Comments »

SU was mentioned in a state budget article.  They mention the DON score.  That doesn’t not have a direct impact on SU’s funding from the state.  It does impact some of the people who live on their own or with family who receive services through the Division of Rehabilitation Services Home Services Program though.  Still, we find this uncharted state budget territory to be nerve-wracking, even if we are getting paid for our services through court orders.

NDEAM

Posted By: jmallaney on October 2, 2015 in Boxes, News - Comments: No Comments »

Happy October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month!  Work/Employment is a major part of what we do at SU.  We have work on-site for our consumers in our workshop, from the powder coat paint line to washing totes to packaging and dip tubes.  We support people off-site, at the LaSalle State Police Headquarters and US Foods.  Consumers work in the community in a variety of Streator businesses.  Take a look at our at our SUCCESS page and see what we can do for you!

 

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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.

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.

Once Again, That Time of Year

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

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.

 

FY14 Annual Report

Posted By: jmallaney on December 2, 2014 in News - Comments: No Comments »

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

Posted By: jmallaney on September 23, 2014 in News - Comments: No Comments »

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!

Ginger assists Betsy into the main building at the start of the day.

Ginger assists Betsy into the main building at the start of the day.

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