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MAY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
SHPA ADVOCACY CORNER
SPRING INTO ACTION !!
FY22 Budget Advocacy
SHPA requests its members and supporters join us and Spring into Action!
CALL YOUR LAWMAKERS and ask them to support a FY22 Budget Appropriation of $45 Million for Supportive Housing!
Attached is SHPA’s Action Tool- including a Call-In Script and How To- to help you connect with lawmakers! Don’t forget to clearly ask for the FY22 Budget Appropriation of $45 Million for Supportive Housing!
We are hosting a weekly Advocacy Debrief on Fridays at 9:00am. Start your morning connecting with other advocates throughout the state- and help Support Supportive Housing! If you are able, join us this Friday at 9:00am!
Thank you for your help! We are hoping to track how we’re doing on reaching out to the General Assembly on this issue—can you let me know if you were able to help out?
If you have any questions, please let me know!
SUPPORT HB449, Creating the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program!! PLEASE SLIP as a PROPONENT for HB449, creating the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program that will pair a rental subsidy and support services for people experiencing homelessness who are at high risk of institutionalization, re-incarceration or overdose death due to their serious mental illness or substance use. The bill will be heard in the Senate Behavioral & Mental Health Committee on Tuesday evening.
GOOD NEWS ON SB2314, which Would Require Rule 140 & 132 Changes.
While we have agreed not to move the legislation, we are in very promising talks with both DMH & HFS on addressing the long-standing challenges of providing team-base services to individuals living with serious mental illnesses, as well as workforce challenges. Thank you to CBHA, Trilogy and Sinnissippi, as well as countless providers and advocates across the state for pushing to get these changes done. For the first time, I am hopeful that we can accomplish changes that improve access and remove barriers to care and care delivery.
SB347, Alternatives to Crisis Escalation Act
Our negotiations with DMH have led to an agreement to hold the bill for now due to the rollout of a 988 crisis line. There are legitimate concerns that a public education campaign for existing crisis services accessed through the CARES Line may confuse building public awareness for the use of 988 next summer. We developed this legislation before it was fully understood by advocates and by the state regarding how broad 988 would be. The good news is that 988 and DMH’s effort to build mobile crisis response are a real opportunity in Illinois to build a crisis system of care.
HB 1063- HIV Decriminalization is legislation that would repeal the state’s law that criminalizes people living with HIV. HB 1063 passed out of the House on April 14, 2021 with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 90-9! HB 1063 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Please contact members of the Senate Executive Committee ahead of Wednesday’s hearing and ask them to support HB 1063. For a listing of committee members, please visit https://ilga.gov/senate/committees/members.asp?CommitteeID=2682. If you are able to speak with a legislator, please contact Timothy Jackson via email (email@example.com). Fact Sheet : Graphic
The legislation, which represents the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ healthcare pillar, takes sweeping action to address health inequities and obstacles while establishing new programs, increasing oversight and trainings, building out a Community Health Worker certification and training program and improving transparency.
“Today, it’s my privilege to sign the fourth and final pillar from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus into law, the Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This legislation advances a key belief of mine that I know is shared by everyone standing with me, and millions of residents across Illinois: healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Thanks to the Black Caucus’ four pillars, now law, Illinois is a few steps closer to the justice our residents deserve.”
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It has been an eventful month. It is a time for hope and optimism – and a time to reflect and act.
The availability of vaccines has increased dramatically, and we continue to find ways to ensure that those with the highest barriers and the greatest need can access them. We are deeply grateful to our community partners and our IDHS staff who have gone above and beyond to make the COVID-19 vaccines available. IDHS is working closely with our sister agencies and partners to design and build community capacity to help individuals and families facing housing insecurity. In addition, we have deployed restoration grants to thousands of child care providers across the state. These resources are important for the pandemic recovery--and yet, it is important that we also confront and reform systemic inequities and injustices. In this regard, IDHS remains steadfastly committed to being an anti-racist organization that pursues equity and racial justice with intention, vigor, and tenacity.
As you know, the Illinois General Assembly has been in session. Our agency has appeared before the Senate and House Appropriation Committees to present our fiscal year 2022 budget. I appreciate the thoughtful questions and support from legislators as well as the testimony from the witnesses representing partners and the communities that IDHS serves. I am grateful to the Governor for his ongoing commitment to human services. In addition, I am heartened to know that the State’s resources will be supplemented by federal pandemic funding derived from the American Rescue Plan Act. We look forward to sharing more information about how those resources will be deployed in the coming weeks. If you are interested in learning more about our proposed FY’22 budget, please visit: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=133070.
We have been in the battle against COVID-19 for over a year now. We have learned many lessons along the way, and our human services sector has demonstrated resiliency, ferocity, passion, and compassion. We have more road ahead on this journey, but I know that our relentless creativity and commitment will carry us forward.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice regarding Department of Human Services Utilization of the Central Scanning Unit for Long Term Care Providers Effective April 26, 2021. You may view the new Notice from the following link: Provider Notices (illinois.gov)
HUD Withdraws Proposed Rule, Reaffirms Its Commitment to Equal Access to Housing, Shelters, and Other Services Regardless of Gender Identity
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that HUD is withdrawing the previous administration’s proposed rule that would have weakened the Equal Access Rule. The Equal Access Rule ensures that all individuals—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity—have equal access to the Department’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, shelters, other buildings and facilities, benefits, services, and accommodations. Read the full press release on HUD.gov.
Along with this announcement, HUD is releasing technical assistance resources prepared by technical assistance providers to HUD grantees. These resources will support HUD’s CPD grantees in implementing the Equal Access Rule. View the Equal Access technical assistance materials for shelter operators on theHUD Exchange LGBTQ Homelessness page:
New Tool Compares Most Recent Federal Homelessness Data with 2019
A new data dashboard from the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute allows communities to compare homelessness from 2019 to 2020. The dashboard is based on Point-in-Time (PIT) Count data, and reflects both state- and Continuum of Care-level numbers and trends.