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.