State tells service providers payments won't come till next fiscal year

SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois has informed developmental-disability providers that it can't pay them for a month of services this fiscal year.

Service providers, such as Developmental Services Center in Champaign, were notified by letter from the Department of Human Services on Monday. Here is a link to the letter.

Department officials could not be reached for comment this morning, but Kevin Casey, director of the division of developmental disabilities, states in the letter that pediatric intermediate care facilities will experience about four-and-a-half months delay in funding.

Among those services that won't be fully paid for the current fiscal year ending June 30 are child group homes, community living facilities, therapies, equipment, training and individual support services.

For services that were provided before June 30 that can't be paid, Casey states in his letter, the services and payments will be deferred and paid from next year's budget.

"When the payments are submitted in FY13, they will still be subject to the ongoing delays at the Comptroller's office based on the receipt of state revenues," he writes.

Peter Tracy, executive director of the Champaign County Mental Health Board, said he was outraged when he received the letter, asking how services already provided can be deferred to next year.

"This is the most callous and heartless thing I've ever seen," he said.

See more in Wednesday's News-Gazette.

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rsp wrote on June 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

And yet those in Springfield voted themselves a pay raise, they won't touch their own pensions, health care, etc. Heaven forbid the disabled children get the care they need. 

worldgoesroundincircles wrote on June 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This is our wonderful governor :-( this one has to go. He's also taking away the VA grants to Illinois colleges. This is how we repay our vets ? I guess the wonderful people of Illinois will have to dig deeper in their pockets to bail out our sorry state - again.

Bulldogmojo wrote on June 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I am listening to Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan testimony while I read this article and listening to him justify billions lost in overseas investment and rationalizing his absurd pay and bonuses. The irony is almost incomprehensible to me how the robber barrons are getting away with this while the most compromised in our society are left by the wayside. We are in a serious ethical crisis in this country and also in this state. Why are the people we send to Springfield devoid of a sense of humanity and accountability?

sameeker wrote on June 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I say that ALL politicians and appointed officials should not get one dime of pay until every last bill is paid in this state. If I owe the state money, they just come and take what is owed to them. Maybe the people should start doing the same thing. Start siezing state property and selling it. Think of the money that could be rasied selling all of the Chicago offices, police SUVs, and private jets. At the very least, why don't they spread it across the board and tell everybody that they have to wait on 10% of their money. Including the contractors who pay to play.