"When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”

-John Lewis

January 8, 2024

At Challenge Unlimited, we are joining forces with the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities to urgently request your support in a critical matter. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is considering a proposal that would significantly impact Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs), also known as group homes. This proposal involves the reduction of $87.7 million in funding for these vital facilities.

Your voice is crucial in this fight. We urge you to take immediate action by signing the IARF VoterVoice campaign. Your signature will strongly oppose these cuts and show solidarity with those affected.

Here's what you need to know:

  • The Illinois Department of Human Services - Division of Developmental Disabilities plans to implement a new rate methodology for Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) on March 31, 2024.

What this means for the individuals we serve:

  • Elimination of DSP Funded Hours - This change will eliminate 2.5 million Direct Support Professional (DSP) funded hours.
  • Significant Service Hour Reduction
  • Impact on CILA Residents: Service hours for 90% of CILA residents will be reduced.
  • Financial Cutbacks will remove $87.7 million in funding for CILAs.
  • Contradiction to Oversight Committee Guidelines
  • Statewide advocacy organizations oppose this decision due to the substantial reduction in funded DSP hours from the service array.

Now more than ever, your advocacy is needed. Voice your strong opposition to the proposed elimination of $87.7 million in CILA funding.

Together, we can make a difference. Let's ensure that the needs of adults with developmental disabilities continue to be met with the care and support they deserve.

Click the button below to join our efforts and send your message TODAY!


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