The information below is compiled from a message published by Access Living's Director of Advocacy, Amber Smock.
Photo taken in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois on April 10. Disability Advocates are holding up “Going Home” signs.
On April 10, 2013, about 30 advocates from the Access Living community went to Springfield for the Going Home Rally and Advocacy Day. Going Home is the campaign to close the Murray Developmental Center and to support community choices and independence for people with disabilities in Illinois. The day included a rally in the Stratton Building Cafeteria, legislative visits, and chants in the rotunda. A supporter of community based choices for people with disabilities, Governor Quinn attended the rally and addressed the crowd.
On April 17, Access Living returned to Springfield. This time, 22 advocates traveled to the State Capitol to meet with legislators.
Access Living advocates asked advocates not to cut:
*The Home Services Program
*The Community Care Program for seniors
*Centers for Independent Living
*The Community Reintegration Program which helps people move out of nursing facilities
Advocates sent the message that: Illinois needs to SAVE MONEY by investing in home services, not nursing facilities.
Access Living also asked legislators to add $4.5 million for supportive housing. This money will fund supportive services for 1800 people served by 43 organizations across Illinois.
In addition, Access Living urged legislators to support SB 1734/HB 2503, which would allow for Medicaid wheelchair repairs under $500 not to go through prior authorization, which slows repairs down. Similarly, SB 1733/HB 2502 would also require that people be appropriately evaluated for complex rehab technology like power chairs. (This would improve accountability in the industry so people don't wind up with chairs that don't fit or can't get repaired by the vendor.)
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