PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY
We urge the Governor and General Assembly to do their jobs and finalize a state budget. Failure to do this will disrupt services we all rely on.
JOIN US & MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
WHEN: Thursday, June 25, 2015
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: At the OLD McLean County Courthouse/Museum; West side of building, facing CVS (Center Street) Museum address: 200 N Main Street, Bloomington
INFORMATION REGARDING THE ILLINOIS HOME SERVICES PROGRAM OR THE ILLINOIS COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAM
Amber Smock is the Director of Advocacy at Access Living, the Center for Independent Living that serves Cook County. She does a great job with updates and we occasionally share her information. Below is something she sent out as an advocacy alert.
PLEASE READ if you or someone you know uses the Illinois Home Services Program (HSP) or the Illinois Community Care Program (CCP). You need to take some important steps to advocate for yourself.
If you are in HSP or CCP, you should know that when you are evaluated by the state for your home services, you are assigned a Determination of Need (DON) score, which is a number between 0 and 100. This DON score is what governs the range of hours you get. The DON score is really, really important, but not everyone knows what theirs is.
As advocates know, the Governor has proposed raising the minimum Determination of Need (DON) score needed to qualify for the Home Services Program and the Community Care Program from 29 to 37. That means you would lose your personal attendant/home care worker services if your DON score is between 29 and 36. The state is working to try to put it into effect this summer or fall. This would affect about ONE out of every THREE people in HSP and CCP. It is important to be prepared to advocate for yourself NOW.
What you should do:
- Find out your DON score
If you do not know your DON score and you have HSP, please contact your DRS Counselor at your local Illinois Department of Human Services office and ask them what your DON score is. If you do not know your DON and you have CCP, contact your home health agency. If you are unable to get this information, contact the Access Living Ombudsman Team at 312-640-2152 for help.
- If you KNOW your score is below 37:
Contact the Access Living Ombudsman team ASAP by calling 312-640-2152. They will explain your options. They can also help you find out who can help you if you do not live in the city of Chicago.
- Currently, you have 60 days to appeal a change in your DON score
If after your most recent re-assessment, your DON score was lowered (and/or your hours were cut) but your disability has not improved, you can appeal this decision. Please contact Access Living’s Ombudsman team IMMEDIATELY at 312.640.2152
- Get involved in efforts to reverse the cuts!
The changing of the minimum DON score will leave over 10,000 people with disabilities and 30,000 seniors without the home and community based services they need to survive. It’s time to fight back! Call Adam Ballard at 312-640-2195 to learn how you can get involved to make sure home and community based services are protected!
While this news is urgent, please remember that this is still a proposed budget. You are only at risk of losing your services if your DON score is below 37 AND you will only lose services if the Governor implements budget cuts to HSP and CCP. We want you to be prepared in case you are affected. Please do not hesitate to contact the Access Living Ombudsmen team with any questions or concerns by calling 312-640-2152.
***Sometimes people confuse HSP with the HBSS, the Home Based Services and Supports Program. However, HSP and HBSS are not the same program. This action alert is only related to people who have HSP or CCP.
Director of Advocacy, Access Living
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