Thank you for your support in preventing cuts to state funding for Direct Support Professional (DSP) hours!
The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DHS-DDD) has announced it will pause its overhaul of DSP hours through June 30, 2024, AND it will prepare a new approach that does not eliminate DSP hours from the system.
This is all thanks to your advocacy! When we reached out to you in mid-January, DHS-DDD was on course to cut 2.5 million DSP service hours in group homes on April 1, 2024. You went above and beyond, sending more than 2,000 emails to the Governor’s Office and more than 4,000 emails to Illinois legislators. It’s safe to say you got their attention!
There are still details to be worked out regarding DHS-DDD’s proposed solution. Disability advocates will be watching closely and working with the Department to ensure the final result is in the best interests of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If we need to gear up advocacy again, we will.
For now, we want you to know your efforts made an immediate difference. We are grateful to the Pritzker Administration and to our supporters in the General Assembly for hearing our voices and taking action.
Stay tuned as we turn our attention to the state budget process this spring. We will advocate again for an increase in state funding for DSP wages, so that these essential caregivers receive the pay they deserve and so people with disabilities can access the support they deserve. We hope we can count on you again!