Federal Court Monitor ruling:
"Illinois not in Compliance"
Illinois has "failed to provide the funding
necessary to provide adequate services to individuals with
intellectual and developmental disabilities".
Ronnie Cohn, Federal Monitor for the Ligas Consent
Decree, made this ruling in her annual report to the Court.
The Ligas lawsuit, settled in 2011, requires Illinois to
provide the resources and funding needed to support smaller,
community-based residential services. Over the six years
covered by the decree, Illinois must provide sufficient alternatives
to its outdated model of large Intermediate Care Facility (type of
nursing home) services.
In a finding directly related
workforce crisis, Cohn writes that "until such time as concrete
steps are taken to enact a state budget and address the staffing
crisis and resulting decrease in service quality as well as lack of
development in the community, the monitor finds noncompliance".
Illinois is required to pass a budget that has the
funding needed to develop and maintain the community services
required by the decree. Twenty years of underfunding, the
growing workforce crisis and current budget impasse have come
together to create a perfect storm that threatens to permanently
undermine the more than 60 years of progress made by individuals
with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other intellectual,
physical and developmental disabilities in Illinois.
The state must now respond to Court Monitor Cohn's
findings. Should Illinois fail to achieve compliance, the case
will be returned to Federal judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, who could
find the state in contempt of the original order and force the state
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