Facts, figures, and mercy pleas

This information is from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, 25 April 2011.

NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES RECEIVING MEDICAID FUNDED SERVICES IN ILLINOIS:

  • 3,600 adults receive Home Based Services under HCBS Waiver
  • 1,300 children receive HBS through the Waiver
  • 8,700 adults in CILAs
  • 1,100 adults in other residential, non-CILA settings
  • 6,500 in DD long-term care: ICF/DDs and nursing homes
  • And 2,144 in SODCs
  • AND 22,000 Illinois citizens with disabilities are waiting for services (PUNS database)

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The Chicago Community Trust in issued a white paper, Quest for Equality: Breaking the Barriers for People with Disabilities, A Call to Action for Illinois’ Leaders in November 2010. Its analysis of Illinois’ expenditures for long-term care for Medicaid recipients with disabilities:

  • Only 28% currently for community supports
  • But 72% for institutional care.

Its recommendations:

  • Expand the number of families receiving consumer-home-based support services.
  • Phase out SODCs.
  • Reduce reliance on nursing homes.

And, on the national front we have this year’s state Medicaid rankings.  Illinois maintains its place in the bottom rank of states.  Information here.

Finally, know that SU’s funding difficulties are not unique as social service agencies ask for budget mercy.  Even some lawmakers express frustration.

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