• Not for profit group homes seek state rate increase

    by  • November 18, 2013 • News

    An agency that helps screen people with developmental disabilities as part of the process for determining benefits is saying that last year the state was running six months behind in its payments, it is now cutting checks within a few months.

    According to the Springfield State Journal-Register, while the state has started getting its payment act together, Central Illinois Service Access Inc., or CISA, and other not for profits are now dealing with higher costs, but low reimbursement rates.

    CISA associate director tells the Springfield publication that the state’s reimbursement rates need to be adjusted so that care providers can find and keep quality employees.

    She says it is difficult to find people who can pass the background check and are willing to work for $9 an hour.

    One woman is the single mother of three who works as direct care staff at a group home for the developmentally disabled in Lincoln.

    She does residents’ laundry, distributes medication, cooks meals, assists with bathing and teaches basic life skills for eight hours in the small four-bedroom house tucked away on a residential street in Lincoln, where six developmentally disabled residents live with constant supervision. And she gets paid $8.50 an hour for her work, which would easily qualify her for public assistance.