The Illinois General Assembly passed a FY2019 budget that included a 50 cent raise for DSPs. We congratulate our state leaders and appreciate that modest additional support for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities has been included. While we understand that reaching this compromise required many difficult decisions, we are very disappointed that the increase is not sufficient to address the staffing crisis that is so harmful to people with disabilities and their families.

Please stay tuned as we plan to continue the fight. We must have a plan in the fall for state funding that provides for a living wage for those who care for people with disabilities – we cannot wait another year of revolving doors and closing homes and programs. We appreciate the incremental support, and continue to urge the state to do more for its citizens who need the most support.