Disability service providers say they need more state funding, higher wages
The workers at Cornerstone Services in Joliet say they need higher wages and more help from state government to continue effectively serving the vulnerable every day.
Cornerstone serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness through a variety of programs.
Ben Stortz, the president and CEO of Cornerstone, said the state government has basically kept funding steady over the past decade, despite growing costs.
He said that’s led to the organization struggling to hire and keep workers. About 14% of Cornerstone’s staff positions remain open.
“We’re making sure people are getting services but just not the quality that we’d like to have,” Stortz said. “People’s lives are being affected.”