The Times uses the word Doomsday in its editorial regarding Governor Quinn’s budget address. Of course, the doom and gloom regarding the state budget is nothing new, but at least there are glimmers of hope that the state is ready to come to grips with it. So far, the only effect on SU for next fiscal year would be getting paid a little bit later yet. The rates the state pays us for services would remain the same. That’s still a challenge, given rising costs and many cuts over recent years, but it’s better than being on the chopping block right at the outset. Of course, there’s a long ways to go so we’ll have to keep an eye on things as the budget process plays itself out.
A quick note on the new home: we have Internet now, cable (theoretically) is coming next week. The state Bureau of Accreditation and Licensure has certified the new home as a CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) though they’ve yet to do so for Knox, our existing group home. We’re also waiting for the Rates Unit to process approval letters for funding for our 16 current Knox residents. All in all, we’re getting close, but we don’t know how fast the state will get these last few things finished for us. As you can imagine, residents are in a state of excitement about the move or, for those staying at Knox, getting their own private bedrooms.