Illinois’ move to cancel the policy prevented the termination of as many as 2,200 personal assistants who provided home care services to people with disabilities in every corner of Illinois.
After Illinois rescinded the policy, disability and labor advocates hoped for the opportunity to work with the State on a new policy that supports the independence of people with disabilities in the community and strengthens the network of personal assistants in the program. Instead, Illinois submitted a nearly identical policy through Illinois’ official rules-making process. In fact, the updated policy is worse, with additional language that strips people with disabilities in the program of consumer control. Consumer control is a key pillar of the Home Services Program, giving people with disabilities the leverage to hire, fire and manage their personal assistants. The new proposal includes the language, “If the customer is determined to be able to manage an Individual Provider,” giving Illinois the power to decide who does and does not have consumer control.
The new policy will now go before the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
Access Living urges everyone that has experienced the impact of the Overtime policy, and everyone that is worried about the impact of the policy on people with disabilities and workers, to submit public comments. Comments are only accepted through standard postal mail. Comments should be addressed to Tracie Drew at:
Illinois Department of Human Services
Tracie Drew, Chief
Bureau of Administrative Rules and Procedures
Department of Human Services
100 South Grand Avenue East
Harris Building, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62762
Public Hearings on Overtime Issue
In addition to submitting written comments, individuals and organizations have the opportunity to comment on the overtime policy at public hearings on October 3 and October 6. The hearings are hosted by the Department of Human Services.
Monday, October 3
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Michael Bilandic Building
160 North LaSalle, 5th Floor
Thursday, October 6
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Michael Howlett Building Auditorium
2nd & Edwards Streets
For more information, contact Gary Arnold at Access Living