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SB 2604

Bill Status of SB2604  98th General Assembly


Senate Sponsors
Sen. Heather A. Steans – Mattie HunterDaniel Biss and Julie A. Morrison
98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2013 and 2014
SB2604

Introduced 10/16/2013, by Sen. Heather A. Steans

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:

20 ILCS 1705/55.5 new
305 ILCS 5/5-5.4i new
Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act and the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall establish reimbursement rates which build toward livable wages for direct service personnel in residential and day programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities, including but not limited to intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled, community integrated living arrangements, developmental training programs, employment, and other residential and day programs for individuals with developmental disabilities supported by State funds or funding under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act. Establishes starting wages for direct service personnel. Effective immediately.
LRB098 14204 RLC 48803 b

FISCAL NOTE ACT MAY APPLY

 

A BILL FOR

SB2604 LRB098 14204 RLC 48803 b

1 AN ACT concerning care for the developmentally disabled,
2 which may be referred to as the Community Disability Living
3 Wage Act.

4 WHEREAS, An estimated 23,000 children and adults with
5 developmental disabilities are supported in community-based
6 settings in Illinois; direct service personnel (DSP), are
7 trained paraprofessional staff that are engaged in activities
8 of daily living and community support; these employees earn
9 wages that place them and their families below the poverty
10 level; and

11 WHEREAS, According to a recent industry salary survey, the
12 average DSP wage in Illinois is $9.35 per hour which is 21%
13 below the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty
14 threshold of $11.32 for a family of 4; this predominately
15 female, minority workforce is often compelled to work many
16 overtime hours or hold down a second job to support their
17 families; many have to fall back on public benefits such as
18 Medicaid and food stamps, creating additional expenditures for
19 state government; low wages are a consequence of the
20 historically low reimbursement rates paid by the State of
21 Illinois to community-based service providers; over the last 10
22 fiscal years, increases in State funding to these agencies have
23 averaged less than 1% per year, for a total of 9.5%; by
24 contrast, the Consumer Price Index increased 23% over the same
25 period; and

 

SB2604 – 2 – LRB098 14204 RLC 48803 b

1 WHEREAS, The lack of adequate wages for employees who
2 perform the challenging work of supporting individuals with
3 disabilities results in high employee turnover, which in turn
4 negatively impacts the quality of services provided; higher
5 wages are proven to reduce staff turnover, improving stability
6 and quality of services while reducing employer training costs;
7 and

8 WHEREAS, The General Assembly finds that in order to reduce
9 turnover, increase retention, and ensure direct service
10 personnel are adequately compensated for the critically
11 important work they do, an increase in rates and reimbursements
12 to community-based service providers to effectuate an increase
13 in the starting hourly wage paid to direct service personnel is
14 needed; and

15 WHEREAS, It is the purpose of this amendatory Act to
16 increase the wages of direct service personnel in community
17 disability agencies beyond that of poverty level in an effort
18 to improve their lives and the lives of the vulnerable
19 individuals they support; therefore

20 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
21 represented in the General Assembly: