Illinois Aging Network Alert
A periodic report on the impact of the state budget crisis on Illinois seniors and community programs on aging from
I4A- Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Prepared by: Southeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Week of March 13, 2017
Nuke Nightmare Continues!
The devastation of budget warfare endures – “Without an appropriation or a court order, we will be unable to continue payments to nonprofits, social services and small businesses that are not covered,” then-Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger stated when the Legislature and Governor Rauner failed to agree on a budget in May 2015.
After waiting20 months and 2 weeks for a full budget to be enacted and implemented, disaster continues. Agencies continue to close their doors, and services are being sparsely funded. Older adults and persons with disabilities are still feeling the splinters of this explosion.
Southeastern Illinois is a very impoverished region. Many constituents have to decide between basic necessities such as food and medications in their cupboards, or electricity in their homes. They need and rely on nonprofit/social service agencies to assist them with any state-funded programs that meet their basic needs so they can live with dignity in their homes.
Impacts still looming without a budget!
Reduced hours for remaining SWAN (Domestic Violence) staff
Reduced hours for remaining Ombudsman agency staff
NO (Domestic Violence/OMB) prospective planning due to insufficient funds
Reduced or unavailable funding for services by community agencies
Inability to donate for services by most of the older persons who are served
Illinois Needs a Rocket Reboot!
The time is now before any further destructive decreases in services or closures occur. Please act to thrust Illinois into prosperity. We owe those who have devoted themselves to Illinois all of their lives a state made great again!
Please contact Joy Paeth, President (618-222-2561) or Jonathan Lavin, Legislative Chair (708-383-0258) with questions.
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Illinois Aging Network Alert
A report of the impact of the state budget crisis on Illinois Seniors and Community Programs on Aging, from
I4A - Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Contact: Joy Paeth 618-222-2561 or Jon Lavin 708-383-0258
Unpredictable Budgets Lead to Real Loss to People
At least 22,000 fell victim to the 2016 Budget Impasse
Last year, Francis and Marcella, both in their 90s, testified in front of the Illinois House of Representatives advocating for the passage of a budget. Since then, Marcella’s Meals on Wheels were reduced. Francis saw the five day a week supports and services from her local senior center cut back. Francis depended on those services for a daily meal and transportation. At age 90, it was as if she was told to find this help on her own! Below are preliminary statistics showing a number of people and services decreased in 2016. Each one of these numbers represents people like Francis and Marcella.
2 year Comparison of Seniors Served and Services provided
Does not include all
Home/Comm. Services Seniors Served Units of Service
*Chicago Senior Services Area Agency on Aging data not included
Our state and country are experiencing unprecedented growth in the aging population. Nine out of ten people over 65 want to stay in their homes as they age. There is a financial benefit to taxpayers and return on investment inherent in supporting aging in place. The cost of not offering this assistance is $1 for every $10 spent in a more restrictive environments such as a nursing home. Investing in home and community based services are simple things that can help seniors age in place.
The statistics noted above are a telling story about Illinois and its ability to support its aging population. This is the tip of the iceberg. 22,000 seniors impacted is low because not all services are included in this sample. The Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging urges State government leaders to resolve their differences, enact a State Budget with sufficient revenues for FY 2017 to assure Illinois is a State that supports it seniors rather than a state which forces them out of their homes and into institutions.
Don’t let budget unpredictability impact the lives of Illinois seniors again!
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Chief Executive Officer