The Governor’s office is reportedly considering $250 million in budget cuts to the Department of Human Services (DHS). This means they are looking at cuts to all services offered by DHS, INCLUDING HOME SERVICES. They are thinking about limiting the number of hours of home services people receive, so the state can save money.
YOU can take action TODAY. Many people with disabilities depend on home services to be able to live at home in their communities. We must speak up now and let the Governor’s office know we care about home services. They have not yet made a final decision, so now is the time to speak up!
Below are phone numbers and emails you can use to get in touch with the Governor’s office. When you call or write, tell them your name, where you live, your connection to the disability community, and why home services should not be cut. Make sure they know that home services SAVE the state money!
Governor Quinn, (217) 782-0244 (Springfield) or (312) 814-2121 (Chicago), or email him at http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/ContacttheGovernor.aspx
David Vaught, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), (217) 782-4520 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OMB’s Health Care and Human Services division, (217) 782-3105
DHS Secretary Michelle Saddler, (312) 793-1547 (Chicago) or (217) 557-1601 (Springfield), or email@example.com (please remember that Michelle really wants to know people’s personal home services stories so writing her with your story is a very good idea—she can best advocate for us if she has good stories from our people)