More work in Springfield over next few months

On April 12 in Springfield, about 15 staff and consumers rallied in with Service Employees International Union, sat in on the Human Services budget hearing (Ann Ford of Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living testified) and met with legislators to urge them to support services that enable people with disabilities to live in their own homes and communities.

The FY 2012 State Budget includes many cuts that will impact home services for people with disabilities. Some of the cuts include:

* the Deinstitutionalization Program -- helps people get out of nursing homes into their own communities
* partial funding for Centers for Independent Living
* changing Home Service Program eligibility so that only people on Medicaid can receive services
*cuts to mental health services
* cuts to substance abuse and detox services

The next fiscal year begins on July 1. Between now and then, Access Living will increase its efforts in Springfield.

Access Living plans to send supporters, staff and consumer each week to the Capital in order to speak one on one with state politicians about the importance of services that help people with disabilities live independently in their own homes.

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