Access Living to speak before House Appropriations Human Services Committee

Access Living to give testimony to highlight people with disabilities impacted by Budget Impasse

What: On Thursday, April 21 at 3 p.m., two Access Living staff will testify in front of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee. Access Living staff represent the Home and Community Ombudsman Program and the Hospital to Home Program, services through which Access Living has contracted with Illinois. Neither program has been paid by Illinois since June of 2015.

Testimony will highlight the impact of the Illinois Budget Impasse on individuals who seek services through the two programs. For example, the Hospital to Home Program allows people with disabilities who are transitioning out of hospitals to move into an apartment instead of a nursing home. Because of the Budget Impasse, transitional supports funds for the program are not available, preventing some people from moving because apartments are unfinished and unmodified. Through the Ombudsman Program, Access Living staff are working with people with disabilities whose state services have been cut, lost or terminated, threatening their health and independence.


Illinois State Capitol
Room 118
Springfield, Illinois


Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3 p.m.
The House Appropriations Human Services Committee Hearing
is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.


Scheduled to testify are:

Tiffany Askew, Manager of Access Living Home and Community Ombudsman Program

Larry Hamilton, Coordinator of Access Living’s Hospital to Home Program
Gary Arnold
Public Affairs Manager