Patti Saylor

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April 14, 2019 - News Local/State

How One Mother’s Battle Is Changing Police Training On Disabilities

Working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome or autism, can be complex and challenging even for those with years of training. But one group — law enforcement — often encounters people with these conditions in high-stress situations, with little or no training at all. Patti Saylor knows all too well what the consequences of that can be.

The expo will host 107 exhibitors, including 16 new ones, willing to share information and answer questions regarding resources ranging from health care to legal support.

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March 29, 2019 - News Local/State

12th Annual disABILITY Resource Expo: Reaching Out For Answers

The event provides access to information and resources for people with disabilities. The expo will host 107 exhibitors, including 16 new ones, willing to share information and answer questions regarding resources ranging from health care to legal support - available to people with all types of disabilities, as well as their caregivers, friends, and families. 


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July 26, 2018 - News Local/State

Illinois Settles Lawsuit Over Deaf Prisoners

Under the settlement, the Illinois Department of Corrections will have to provide sign language interpreters for what are called “high stakes interactions” — like disciplinary hearings, medical visits, and counseling sessions.

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Developmental Services Center

June 06, 2018 - News Local/State

Home Care Workers To See Slight Wage Increase Under New State Budget

Under the new state budget, caregivers for people with disabilities will see an hourly wage increase of 50 cents an hour. The state-funded workers are known as direct service providers. They provide in-home care for people with disabilities, helping them dress, bathe, and perform other tasks.

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January 18, 2018 - News Local/State

Lawsuit Claims Illinois Children Denied Medically Necessary Services

A lawsuit against Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services claims the state illegally withholds medically necessary services from children with severe mental health disorders. The suit's lead attorney says some parents desperate to get their children help have surrendered them to the foster care system. The case was settled in federal court this week.

US Rep. Rodney Davis.

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January 04, 2018 - News Local/State

Davis Bill To Help Rural IL With FEMA Disaster Aid Sees Progress

For years, Illinois 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis has been trying to get legislation passed that give local governments in rural Illinois a better shot at disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Now, the Taylorville Republican says he may finally have his chance. 

Care for old people in nursing homes accounts for 21 percent of Medicaid's budget, even though they are just 9 percent of people covered by Medicaid.

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June 27, 2017 - News Local/State

From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor. That's the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is why it's become the focal point of the battle in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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