The ARC of Illinois has prepared this graph which demonstrates, in funding crisis years or no, the shortfall of funding in the State of Illinois for community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.
To have a 1990 dollar’s spending power this year you would need $1.70.
For state institutional services that 1990 dollar in funding is now $2.01, well ahead of the cost of living.
For community services that 1990 dollar in funding is now $1.35, getting further and further behind, despite the fact that community-based services are the best practice and are a much more cost-effective way to spend state dollars.
How often in life is the best way to do a thing also the cheapest?