Disability Services Lag in Illinois

Illinois ranks 44th nationally when it comes to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead more healthy, independent and productive lives, according to a new report.

Illinois ranks 44th nationally in spending to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead more healthy, independent and productive lives, according to a new report.

The 2019 "Case for Inclusion" study produced jointly by United Cerebral Palsy and the American Network of Community Options and Resources Foundation found that 78 percent of Illinois residents with such disabilities are receiving long-term services through government-funded programs, well below a nationwide figure of 92 percent.

Intellectual disabilities are characterized by limited cognitive capacity and difficulty with adaptive behaviors; while developmental disabilities can affect both cognition and physical functioning, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The Case for Inclusion report ranks states and the District of Columbia on how well they serve this population under programs such as Medicaid. Partly due to better tracking of health, safety and quality of life, Illinois improved from No. 47 in 2016, the last year the report was published. Still, the state has ranked in the bottom 10 since the first Case for Inclusion report in 2006. 

Read the full story via Crain's Chicago Business.