Serving Individuals with Disabilities since 1965
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.
Survey Says…
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.
Closure Update
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. JDC Data Brief
Ranking the States Once Again
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!!!
Budget season begins
OK, sort of.  Governor Quinn's Budget Address won't come until late March, but articles have begun.  Much will depend on whether the temporary tax increase, set to expire at the end of this year, is extended or not.  It seems doubtful we'll find out until the lame duck session following the November elections.  So, we'll probably end up with a budget of which we can be confident for only the f...
Toolkit
In case it should be a use, a link to a toolkit to support physicians in effectively communicating with adults who have intellectual disabilities.
FY13 Annual Report
Our FY13 Annual Report goes out in the mail today.  It was a busy year.  Check it out on the "Documents and Reports" page.
Today’s Article
Awesome article today on Mandi.  Don't miss her booth at Food for Thought Saturday!!!

Budget Season Update

Posted By: jmallaney on May 15, 2012 in Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

Normally this time of year we do a lot of posting on the state budget.  It’s not that the state budget isn’t in the news, but it isn’t clear whether/how Streator Unlimited’s services could be affected.  The state already cut all grant funding, so that no longer hangs in the balance, vulnerable to reductions or elimination (did we think we’d ever miss those days?).  What remains is state Medicaid Waiver funding.  This receives federal match dollars, so has federal rules attached to it, and so is more difficult to cut.  Due to the new health care laws, the state cannot eliminate anyone’s funding for the next few years without losing significant federal dollars for all of the Medicaid program.

What the state could do is reduce the funding rates for SU and other community providers.  This is a possibility, given the plan to cut a lot of Medicaid spending in the state.  So far we haven’t seen a rate cut as part of a specific plan.  This may be due to the fact that community providers have been cut so hard in recent years that we simply can’t handle more and be able to deliver decent services.  It may also be because the state is closing institutions that house people with developmental disabilities and needs community providers to be able to serve them.  Even so, the state doesn’t have enough resources to go around and will have to make cuts somewhere.  We’ll be watching closely these next two weeks.

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