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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mayor Emanuel Congratulates Chicago’s Gold Medal Paralympic Sled Hockey Athletes

as shared by Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) ...

April 16, 2014

Paralympians are Members of the RIC Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey Team run through the
Chicago Park District and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel meets with Paralympians Brody Roybal and Kevin Mckee
Mayor Rahm Emanuel met and congratulated Chicagoans Brody Roybal and Kevin McKee today, two members of the gold medal winning United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.
 “I congratulate Brody, Kevin and the entire U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team on their impressive 
gold medals,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The perseverance and commitment these athletes bring to the 
rink in each competition truly embodies the Paralympic spirit of ‘Spirit in Motion.’ I am proud these 
two phenomenal athletes have the opportunity to play the sport they love right here in Chicago.”

The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games were held in Sochi, Russia, where the United States beat Russia 
1-0 in the final game to win its second consecutive gold medal. The U.S. Paralympic team included 
Chicagoland residents Brody Roybal, 15, and Kevin McKee, 24. Both athletes are members of the 
Chicago Blackhawks sled hockey team, a partnership between the Chicago Park District and the 
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Karen 
M. Tamley joined Mayor Emanuel and the athletes at the meeting.

The U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team is the first to win two consecutive Paralympic sled hockey 
gold medals. The team has been honored by President Obama at the White House and also by the 
Chicago Blackhawks at a recent home game.

Sled hockey, also known as sledge hockey, is a Paralympic competition in which players propel 
themselves, shoot and pass the puck by using a three-foot-long stick held in each hand. Competition 
is open to athletes with a large range of physical disabilities including amputation, spinal injury and 
cerebral palsy.

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Photo Credit: Brooke E. Collins // City of Chicago 
Photo Caption: Mayor Rahm Emanuel meets with Paralympians Brody Roybal and Kevin Mckee 
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/mayor/Press%20Room/Press%20Releases/2014/April/04.16.14Paralympic.pdf

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) CIVIL MONETARY PENALTIES are to increase on April 28, 2014

as posted by the Department of Justice ADA.gov ...


CIVIL MONETARY PENALTIES INFLATION ADJUSTMENT UNDER TITLE III

On March 28, 2014, the Department of Justice issued a Final Rule that adjusts for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Civil Rights Division, including civil penalties available under title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).   For the ADA, this adjustment increases the maximum civil penalty for a first violation under title III from $55,000 to $75,000; for a subsequent violation the new maximum is $150,000.  The new maximums apply only to violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014.   

This Final Rule is a non-discretionary agency action made pursuant to Section 4 of the Federal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended (Adjustment Act), which mandates the Attorney General to adjust for inflation the civil penalties assessed or enforced by the Department of Justice.  The amounts of the adjustment were determined according to a specific mathematical formula set forth in Section 5 of the Adjustment Act.

The previous adjustment under the ADA occurred in 1999. 

http://www.ada.gov/civil_penalties_2014.htm

For more from the Dept. of Justice ADA.Gov, visit: http://www.ada.gov/index.html

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Skill Champ app designed to build skills for children with autism

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Linda Yu, ABC7 News Chicago
April 16, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The interactive programs on this app, called Skill Champ, are designed for children with autism of all ages.

Lally Daley, along with two autism experts and web designers, have created a just-released app for children and families of autism. They believe this app will help children with autism learn, thrive and improve their lives.

Emily Mack, 11, has been working with the Skill Champ iPad app for a couple days now and she's completely absorbed. Various programs ask her to identify shapes, objects, colors, and as she gets correct answers, one after another, her confidence builds.

An estimated 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder, a 600% increase in diagnosis in the past 20 years.
This website was supported by families of autism and among the creators is Lally Daley, the youngest daughter of the former Mayor. The interactive programs on this app, called Skill Champ, are designed for autistic children of all ages.

"If the child is two and they're working on number matching, then we have some themes that maybe are of interest to them. And if a child is 16, and still working on number matching, there are some themes that go along with their level," said Daley.

For Emily and her family, the app has already been life changing. Dad, mom and teenaged sister Mary Ellen all had to help with Emily's learning and when Emily couldn't comprehend something. She became very upset. Mary Ellen, who shares a bedroom with her sister, has really noticed the difference.

"When she was not successful at something or wrong, she would get very frustrated, stressed. Now when she gets things right, she's calmer, less frustrated," said Mary Ellen Mack, Emily's sister.

Katie Hench also worked to create this app.

"What we know about kids or individuals with autism is that they respond really well to visual learning and following routines," said Hench.

For Chicagoans who have watched Lally Daley grow up while her father was Mayor, I wondered what she thought her mom Maggie would say about the non-political career path she's chosen, and the huge amount of work she's put into this app.

"She would have said, 'You should be so proud of how many children with autism you're helping, and families and that you're makign their life a little bit easier, even if it's only a minute or two of their day,'" said Daley.

April is National Autism Month. The free app is now available for download. To learn more about it, visit: http://www.skillchamp.org

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/chicago_news&id=9506183
(Copyright ©2014 WLS-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Descriptive Movie “The Book Thief” - April 30th RSVP - The Chicago Lighthouse (north) for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

On Wednesday, April 30th make sure to mark your calendars to come out to the Chicago Lighthouse North and watch our Descriptive Movie “The Book Thief”.

Description narration conveys the key visual aspects of a film or television program by describing scenery, facial expressions, costumes during natural pauses in dialogue.

Based on the beloved best-selling book comes this profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany.  Although Liesel is illiterate when is adopted by a German couple (played by Academy,Tony and Emmy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush, and Emily Watson)... her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read.  Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family's home, escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival.

Join us at 222 Waukegan Rd. in Glenview for another Descriptive Movie!

RSVP: Megan Frankenbach, Hospitality Associate; T: 847.510.6200 ormegan.frankenbach@chicagolighthouse.org 

U.S. Senate passes Treaty To Protect Fishing Rights But Not One To Protect Disability Rights!

as shared by the United States International Council on Disabilities ...


 The Senate Can Pass A Treaty To Protect Fishing Rights But Not One To Protect Disability Rights!

 
On April 4th, the U.S. Senate passed FOUR international treaties regarding fish and fishing rights.  This occurred without a word of opposition in committee nor on the Senate floor.

Let your Senators know that we are PROUD of their bipartisan effort to pass the first international treaties in 4 years - and that the CRPD must be next!

If the Senate can unite around fish, it can do the same to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

You can find and contact your Senators at:

Forward this message onto your lists of friends and colleagues so they can join us in sending a message to the U.S. Senate that the rights of people with disabilities must also be protected!

Ithe CRPD Support logo with We support instead of I support



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Parks 2014 Free Entrance Days

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header image: nps.gov
America's Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it's free!
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2014:
Photo of Arches National Park, courtesy of Jacob W. Frank
Arches National Park is a red rock wonderland with amazing landscapes of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike any other in the world.
Photo by Jacob W. Frank
  • January 20
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17
    Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20
    opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11
    Veterans Day
Only 133 of our country's 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!
If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Free Entrance Days - Participating Parks (By State)

A New PSA video from The Autistic Self Advocacy Network: #StopCombatingMe

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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is proud to release our newest advocacy PSA, #StopCombatingMe. Produced in collaboration with We Are St. Elmo’s Fire, #StopCombatingMe provides a powerful perspective on the deeply flawed Combating Autism Act and urges for badly needed reforms and action.


SAN is working to try and reform CAA to align its goals with those of the Autistic community: self-determination, community integration, acceptance, and meaningful advocacy. Unfortunately, the usual suspects are lobbying intensely, urging Congress to re-authorize the Combating Autism Act at all costs, even if changes aren't made to fix the problems hurting self-advocates and our families. In fact, these groups are lobbying to make additional catastrophic changes which would wall the Autistic community off from the protections currently serving the rest of the disability community.

Congress has heard from us over and over again on why this proposed legislation will hurt our community. If we want them to listen, they need to hear from you.

1) Sign our action alert to contact your Members of Congress and ask them to support reforming the Combating Autism Act to make it about supporting autistic people, not “combating” us. Share our action alert with your friends, family and networks to help us get this message out far and wide.
2) Share our PSA and action alert with your friends, families, and networks. Post on social media about why you believe CAA has to be reformed using the hashtag #StopCombatingMeTweet our video to your Members of Congress, and post it to their pages with a note to let them know why fixing the Combating Autism Act is so important.
3) Schedule an appointment with your Member of Congress' District Office. Every Congressperson keeps offices in their home district as well as in DC; constituents can make appointments to visit these offices and express concerns. In-person meetings, even with Congressional staff, are the most effective means of creating real change in legislation. You can use our fact sheet and memo on CAA Re-authorization to guide your advocacy, and share our joint letter from the disability community. Find the district offices nearest to you here. If you have any questions or need help arranging a meeting, ASAN’S Director of Public Policy, Samantha Crane, can be reached at Scrane@autisticadvocacy.org

With the re-authorization bill set to be introduced within the next few weeks, it's critical that your Members of Congress hear from you now. Tell Congress that it is past time to Stop Combating Autistic People. 

Nothing About Us, Without Us!



Donate to ASAN »   Become an ASAN member »
Autistic Self Advocacy Network: PO Box 66122 | Washington, DC 20035

Orbit Medical Inc. indicted on health care fraud allergations by Dept of Justice

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 14, 2014
Government Intervenes in Lawsuit Against Medical Equipment Supplier Orbit Medical Inc. and Former Vice President Jake Kilgore
The government has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Orbit Medical Inc. and Jake Kilgore alleging that Orbit Medical’s sales representatives boosted power wheelchair and accessory sales by altering and forging physician prescriptions and supporting documentation, the Justice Department announced today.   Orbit Medical is a durable medical equipment supplier based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Jake Kilgore is the former vice president and sales manager at Orbit Medical for the Western region of the United States.

“Medical equipment suppliers must bill federal health care programs accurately and honestly to ensure that federal dollars are used for individuals who truly need mobility devices,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division Stuart F. Delery.   “The Justice Department is committed to pursuing those who seek to abuse taxpayer-funded programs.”

Medicare pays for power wheelchairs for beneficiaries who cannot perform mobility- related activities of daily living in their home using other mobility assistance equipment, such as a cane, walker or power scooter.   To qualify for reimbursement, a physician must conduct a face-to-face examination of the beneficiary and provide the supplier with a written prescription for a power wheelchair within 45 days of such an encounter, along with documentation that supports the medical necessity of the device.   The prescription must be completed by the physician who performed the exam and must include the beneficiary’s name, the exam date, the diagnoses and conditions the wheelchair is expected to accommodate, the length of need and the physician’s signature.  

The lawsuit alleges that Orbit Medical sales representatives, at Kilgore’s direction and encouragement, knowingly altered physician prescriptions and supporting documentation to get Orbit Medical’s power wheelchair and accessory claims paid by Medicare, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan and the Defense Health Agency.   In particular, the lawsuit alleges that Orbit Medical sales representatives created documents to falsely establish that physicians examined beneficiaries in person; changed physicians’ prescriptions to falsely establish medical necessity for the power wheelchair or accessory; created or altered chart notes and other documents to falsely establish the medical necessity of the power wheelchair or accessory; forged physicians’ signatures on prescriptions and chart notes and added facsimile stamps to supporting documentation to make it appear as though physicians’ offices had sent the documents to Orbit Medical.  

On Oct. 23, 2013, a federal grand jury in Utah indicted Jake Kilgore on three counts of health care fraud, three counts of false statements related to health care and three counts of wire fraud, all arising from his tenure with Orbit Medical.  

“The government is intervening in this matter seeking to restore Medicare trust funds taken through the alleged use of falsified records and fraudulent billings, among other things,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah David B. Barlow.   “Health care fraud is aggressively pursued in Utah.   Every effort is made to restore taxpayers' dollars taken through fraudulent conduct.”

“Our agency is dedicated to investigating health care fraud schemes such as this, which divert scarce taxpayer funds meant to provide for legitimate patient care,” said Gerald T. Roy, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
           
The allegations against Orbit Medical and Kilgore in this lawsuit were filed under the False Claims Act by two former Orbit employees, Dustin Clyde and Tyler Jackson.   Under the act, private parties can sue for false claims on behalf of the government and share in any recovery.   The act also permits the government to intervene in the whistleblowers’ suit, as the government did here.    

The government’s intervention illustrates its emphasis on combating health care fraud and marks another achievement for the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) initiative, which was announced in May 2009 by Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.   The partnership between the two departments has focused efforts to reduce and prevent Medicare and Medicaid financial fraud through enhanced cooperation.   One of the most powerful tools in this effort is the False Claims Act.   Since January 2009, the Justice Department has recovered a total of more than $19.1 billion through False Claims Act cases, with more than $13.6 billion of that amount recovered in cases involving fraud against federal health care programs.

This case was a coordinated effort among the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Health Agency.  

 The lawsuit is captioned United States ex rel. Clyde; Jackson v. Orbit Medical; Kilgore, No. 2:10-CV-00297 (D. Utah).  

The claims pursued by the government are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability.  

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/April/14-civ-379.html
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as a sidenote Orbit Medical (in Northeastern Illinois) is a medical supplier that I am very familiar with, and I would not recommend to anyone due to personnel experiences. Jim at Ability Chicago 

Judge Orders Ohio Man Who Harassed Disabled Family to Hold Sign on Street Corner - 'I Am a Bully'

'I Am a Bully': Judge Orders Man Who Harassed Disabled Family to Hold Sign on Street Corner| Crime & Courts, Trials & Lawsuits, Real People Stories
The 62-year-old ignored most of the people who stopped to talk to him about his punishment
TONY DEJAK / AP
By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 04/14/2014 

An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life. 

Sixty-two-year-old Edmond Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped by to talk with him in South Euclid, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported

"The judge destroyed me," Aviv said. "This isn't fair at all." 

The sentence stemmed from a neighborhood dispute in which a woman said Aviv had bullied her and her disabled children for years. Aviv pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, and Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered him to display the sign for five hours Sunday as part of his sentence. 

The judge selected the wording for it: "I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in." 

Aviv arrived at the corner with the sign just before 9 a.m. Sunday. Within a couple of minutes, a passing motorist honked a car horn. Later in the morning, he was sitting in a chair holding the hand-lettered sign in front of him. 

Dozens of drivers honked their horns and some passers-by yelled at him. Some pedestrians took pictures. 

Aviv denied bullying his neighbors, but declined to answer other questions. A court probation officer monitored him, and Aviv's attorney stopped by to check on him. The lawyer didn't immediately return telephone calls to his office Sunday. 

Aviv has feuded with his neighbor Sandra Prugh for the past 15 years, court records show. The most recent case stemmed from Aviv being annoyed at the smell coming from Prugh's dryer vent when she did laundry, according to the records. In retaliation, Aviv hooked up kerosene to a fan, which blew the smell onto Pugh's property, the records said. 

Prugh has two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Her husband has dementia, and her son is paralyzed. 

Prugh said in a letter to the court that Aviv had called her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spit on her several times, regularly threw dog feces on her son's car windshield, and once smeared feces on a wheelchair ramp. 

"I am very concerned for the safety of our family," Prugh wrote in a letter to the court for Aviv's sentencing. She said she just wants to live in peace. 

The judge also ordered Aviv to serve 15 days in jail and undergo anger management classes and counseling. Aviv also had to submit an apology letter to Prugh. 

"I want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children," Aviv wrote. "I understand my actions could have caused harm but at that time I was not really thinking about it." 

Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA)

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Illinois Department of Human Services


The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) requires Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their web sites, information systems, and information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities. While the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act already require the State to ensure accessibility, the IITAA establishes specific standards and encourages the State to address accessibility proactively.

Standards

IITAA Standards Update

The IITAA Standards Workgroup recommended harmonizing the IITAA Standards with the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and the pending updates to the Federal Section 508 Standards. Once the revised Section 508 Standards are released, we will update IITAA Standards accordingly. For more information, please see:

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Disability Resources: U.S. Access Board Launches Online Guides to the ADA and ABA Standards

were very excited in sharing these important Online Guides to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards...

United States Access Board

Technical guides and animations on the ADA and ABA Standards
The U.S. Access Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.

"The Board is very excited to offer this series of technical guides and animations to help users understand the requirements of the ADA and ABA Standards and how they can be met," states Access Board Member Michael Graves, FAIA. "As a practicing architect, I know from experience how valuable this type of guidance is in following the standards and ensuring accessibility."

The initial installment of the guide covers the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic "building block" technical provisions (Chapter 3). Guides covering other sections of the standards will be released at a later date. The supplementary animations, which range in length from 6 to 10 minutes, address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities.

"These new resources not only explain requirements in the standards but also demonstrate their rationale," notes Graves. "Knowing the 'whys' behind various provisions is key to understanding what accessibility means and how best to achieve it."

The Guide to the ADA Standards covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions. The Guide to the ABA Standardsaddresses similar standards that apply under the ABA to facilities that are designed, constructed, altered, or leased with federal funds.

Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series.

For the United States Access Board, visit: http://www.access-board.gov/

Tatyana McFadden takes women's wheelchair London Marathon 2014 title just weeks after Sochi success

By Paul Osborne at the Tower Hotel in London | Inside The Games | April 13, 2014


April 13 - Tatyana McFadden dominated the women's wheelchair race at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon today just weeks after taking silver on the slopes of Sochi, while Marcel Hug claimed the men's title ahead of Britain's David Weir. 

American McFadden set a new course record of 1 hour 45min 11sec on her way to defending her London Marathon title, beating nearest rival Manuela Schär of Switzerland by more than a minute-and-a-half.

"I did a lot of work in the team," said McFadden.

"I was nervous, but I was not in my chair for three weeks.

"It was a tough race, but I stayed calm and relaxed and I tried to use the downhills as much as I could."

The 24-year-old is fresh from her remarkable silver medal in the one kilometre sit-ski event at Sochi 2014, adding to the 10 Paralympic medals she has won at the Summer Games.

She dominated the 2013 marathon season, picking up wins in Boston, London, New York City and Chicago to become the first athlete - disabled or able-bodied - to triumph in all four major marathons in a single year.

The three-time gold medallist at London 2012 then added six gold medals at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Lyon to round off the year.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/paralympics/summer-sports/athletics/1019439-hug-beats-weir-to-london-men-s-wheelchair-title-as-mcfadden-dominates-women-s-race

Illinois Disability Services Could Be Devastated due to State budget proposal, Without Action

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Dear Access Living friends and allies,
 
As the Illinois state legislature debates the Governor’s proposed budget this year, people with disabilities should be on pins and needles. State funded programs could either continue mostly as they are now, with possibly some increased capacity for state services; or they could be wrecked.
 
Governor Quinn proposed two different budgets. The first assumes that our legislators will extend, or make permanent, the temporary tax increase passed in 2011. The second assumes that the legislators will just allow the increase to expire, which would result in a loss of $2.2 billion in revenue. The first budget would be GOOD news for us; the second could destroy our human services social safety net with an average chop of 20% across the board.
 
Access Living endorses the first scenario, in which legislators take action to make the tax increase permanent. What would the second scenario mean for us? Access Living is directly affected by five state funding streams. The five areas are: Center for Independent Living General Revenue Funds; the Personal Attendant Program; the Emergency Back-up Personal Attendant Program; the VR 110 program (our Staff Associates program); and the funding for our de-institutionalization work under the Colbert consent decree (in which we help move people out of nursing facilities and into the community).
 
In total, the five programs amount to just over a million dollars for FY 14 right now. If you cut 20% across the board, that would be just over $200,000. In any of these areas, that would hinder our ability to run those programs.
 
While the last area may be protected because of the consent decree, a 20% cut to any of these items would affect our ability to be able to continue providing those services as we do now.
 
However, there are many, many organizations that also provide disability services that will be hit MUCH harder if there is a 20% across the board cut.  Some community service programs are protected from cuts either by consent decree or because they bring in federal matching dollars. This means programs that do NOT have this protection would be cut more than 20%.  Access Living community members are supported by a wide range of programs. If one piece of the network is in trouble, it will cause problems all across the network.
 
For example, if worst came to worst, $54 million would be cut in mental health spending and 35,000 people across the state would lose services. Almost $87 million would be cut from the Home Services Program. TANF would be cut by more than $44 million. Below my signature, you will find a chart that shows different human services programs (mostly disability related) and the possible cuts. Altogether, without the tax increase money, Illinois will lose $2.2 billion that pays for services like these.
 
We cannot afford to wait for the legislature to take its own sweet time to solve this problem. Please contact your legislators TODAY using this action alert and ask them to make the tax increase permanent so that we can live in freedom, not fear. It only takes two minutes.
 
Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy, Access Living
 
Appropriation
 FY15 Governor Quinn’s Proposed
 FY 15 NOT RECOMMENDED
POTENTIAL CUTS
Developmental Disabilities Long Term Care      794,473,000.00       600,464,300.00         194,008,700.00
Child Care Services      418,735,600.00       316,481,200.00         102,254,400.00
Personal Services      388,288,200.00       293,469,000.00           94,819,200.00
Home Services Program      355,487,200.00       268,677,800.00           86,809,400.00
Mental Health State Operated Facilities      233,587,200.00       176,545,700.00           57,041,500.00
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families      181,059,700.00       136,845,300.00           44,214,400.00
Mental Health Grants, C&A, Transitions, and State Operated Facilities      166,745,400.00       126,038,000.00           40,707,400.00
Early Intervention Program        83,700,000.00         63,260,600.00           20,439,400.00
Mental Health Care Coordination        52,850,500.00         39,933,000.00           12,917,500.00
Addiction Treatment Services        51,640,500.00         39,030,000.00           12,610,500.00
Comm Transitions and System Rebalancing        43,507,100.00         32,882,800.00           10,624,300.00
Infant Mortality        36,792,800.00         27,808,100.00             8,984,700.00
Addiction Treatment/Medicaid Eligible        35,376,400.00         26,737,500.00             8,638,900.00
Home Services Program - Care Coordination        30,100,000.00         22,749,800.00             7,350,200.00
Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled        30,028,600.00         22,695,700.00             7,332,900.00
Mental Health Individual Care Grants        22,415,000.00         16,941,300.00             5,473,700.00
Youth Programs        18,800,000.00         14,209,100.00             4,590,900.00
Domestic Violence Shelters        18,636,000.00         14,085,100.00             4,550,900.00
Addiction Treatment/Medicaid Eligible - Care Coordination        17,020,000.00         12,863,800.00             4,156,200.00
Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitative Facility Community Program        16,233,300.00         12,269,200.00             3,964,100.00
Developmental Disabilities Transitions        14,513,800.00         10,969,600.00             3,544,200.00
Mental Health Supportive Housing        13,397,100.00         10,125,600.00             3,271,500.00
Supportive Housing Services        11,038,500.00           8,342,900.00             2,695,600.00
Employability Development Services        10,682,400.00           8,073,800.00             2,608,600.00
Healthy Families        10,054,700.00           7,599,400.00             2,455,300.00
Funeral and Burial Expense          9,485,000.00           7,168,800.00             2,316,200.00
DCFS Clients          9,165,100.00           6,927,000.00             2,238,100.00
Case Services To Individuals          8,950,900.00           6,765,100.00             2,185,800.00
Special Services          7,691,400.00           5,812,200.00             1,879,200.00
Developmental Disabilities Balancing Incentive Programs          7,400,000.00           5,592,900.00             1,807,100.00
Parents Too Soon          6,870,300.00           5,192,600.00             1,677,700.00
Immigrant Integration Services          6,693,600.00           5,059,000.00             1,634,600.00
Rape Victims/Prevention Act          6,159,700.00           4,655,500.00             1,504,200.00
Addiction Treatment-Special Population          5,839,900.00           4,413,800.00             1,426,100.00
Chicago Area Project          5,645,400.00           4,266,800.00             1,378,600.00
Redeploy Illinois          4,885,100.00           3,692,200.00             1,192,900.00
Mental Health Balancing Incentive Programs          4,326,000.00           3,269,600.00             1,056,400.00
Project For Autism          4,300,000.00           3,249,900.00             1,050,100.00
Independent Living Centers          4,296,500.00           3,247,300.00             1,049,200.00
Food Stamp Employment and Training          3,651,000.00           2,759,400.00                 891,600.00
Homeless Youth Services          3,598,100.00           2,719,500.00                 878,600.00
Department of Rehabilitation Services Balancing Incentive Programs          3,578,500.00           2,704,600.00                 873,900.00
DCFS Community Integrated Living Arrangements


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