Action Alert: HR 344, Save Home Services from the DON Change!

Now, there is a piece of proposed legislation introduced that people can rally around to protect the independence of people with disabilities. State Representative Robyn Gabel has filed a resolution to oppose the Determination of Need (DON) score change from 29 to 37. Contact your State Representative and urge your representative to support HR 344.

See the note below from Access Living’s Director of Advocacy:

Dear Access Living friends and allies,

We are kicking up our home services advocacy a notch! Thanks to our friend State Representative Robyn Gabel, a resolution has been filed with the Illinois House of Representatives to OPPOSE the Determination of Need (DON) score change from 29 to 37. As most of you know by now, this change would result in 10,000 people with disabilities being cut off from the Home Services program, and at least 20,000 seniors being cut off from the Community Care Program. This change was part of the Governor’s budget proposal and we MUST stop it! You can help!

House Resolution (HR) 344 can be read at this link. HR 344 states that the House will urge the Governor and state agencies to withdraw the plan to change the DON from 29 to 37. We need to get as many Representatives to help sign onto HR 344 as possible, to create pressure to stop the change. Plus, this is a great education tool to help get our legislators to talk about the DON and why the change is a bad idea.

The really cruel part of the DON change proposal is that so many people with disabilities and seniors are not told what their DON score is, when they are evaluated for home services. People know their hours, but not their DON score. People have to be savvy enough to ask for it. Most people at risk don’t even know that they could be cut off from home services. If you know someone who uses the Home Services Program or the Community Care Program, urge them to ask their care coordinator to tell them what their DON score is. Everyone has a right to know! Empower people to fight back against this attack on their independence.

Home services are a matter of life and death---not to mention they also employ thousands of workers who make sure people with disabilities and seniors have the support we need. We can’t let our workers down.

To ask your State Representative to sign onto HR 344 as a sponsor, please use t his fast and easy link to contact them. The more emails they get, the more the pressure builds up! Please help take action ASAP! Please share this email with your colleagues, friends and families.

Let’s go Illinois!

Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy, Access Living