People across Illinois are asked to contact their senators today and tell them to oppose SB 3564.
SB 3564 requires the General Assembly to vote by joint resolution to uphold or overturn an advisory opinion issued by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) regarding the closure of state institutions. While providing no deadline for action by the General Assembly, the bill prohibits the Governor from taking any action to implement a recommendation to close a state institution unless and until the General Assembly upholds the closure recommendation.
SB 3564 Impedes the State’s Rebalancing Plan
• Historically, Illinois Governors have had a very difficult time closing state-run institutions -- even those proven to be dangerous.
• In November 2011 Governor Quinn announced a plan to rebalance Illinois’ long term care system, calling for the closure of up to four state-run developmental centers by 2014.
• SB 3564 is a blatant attempt to thwart the State’s rebalancing initiative to increase community-based services for people with disabilities -- an effort that is already underway and long overdue.
• SB 3564 will delay and impede -- perhaps indefinitely -- the Governor’s ability to close developmental centers and other state-run institutions, whether for safety reasons or to bring the State in compliance with the community integration mandate of the ADA and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. IT IS BAD PUBLIC POLICY.
Contact your State Legislator Today!