Developmental Services Center

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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Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

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.

In this Feb. 27, 2012, file photo, a residential building at the Jacksonville Developmental Center is seen during a media tour of the facility.

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December 30, 2016 - News Local/State

Report: Auction Preceded Move To Group Homes In Illinois

A published report details problems during former Gov. Pat Quinn's administration as Illinois closed an institution for adults withdevelopmental disabilities. The Chicago Tribune reports state officials required
group home operators to promise not to undermine the closure plans - or risk getting no referrals to fill beds. The Tribune reports 67 businesses signed a loyalty pledge to avoid being shut out of referrals in what amounted to an auction.

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