Disability Rights Advocates: Staffing Crisis Will Worsen Despite Rate Increase In State Budget

June 17, 2019

The Illinois budget that goes into effect July 1st includes a 3.5% rate increase for state-funded agencies that provide services to people with disabilities.

But after more than a decade with no significant rate increases, some who work in the disabilities services sector say the new funding is not enough to ensure people with disabilities get the care they need.

Kim Zoeller is president and CEO of the Ray Graham Association, a nonprofit that manages 25 group homes for people with disabilities in the western Chicago suburbs.

She said Illinois has gone more than a decade without a significant rate increase for disabilities services, despite expenses rising 18% in that period.