League of Women Voters Highlights Local Effects of Budget Impasse

League of Women Voters Highlights Local Effects of Budget Impasse

AID

AID is one of the organizations affected by the state of Illinois budget impasse, according to a news release by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County. CREDIT: AID website

The League of Women Voters of Central Kane County will hold a Nov. 17 press conference to call attention to the state of Illinois budget impasse and its effects on citizens here in Kane County.

The press conference is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Association of Individual Development offices at 1135 Bowes Road, Elgin.

“The League of Women Voters is extremely concerned about the budget impasse,” the league said in a news release. “The Central Kane County League has determined that our friends and neighbors in our communities are being seriously affected.”

Illinois has been operating without a budget since July 1.

In the news release, the LOWV lists several Central Kane County human service organizations that are not receiving funding they had expected.

The Association for Individual Development reports that $900,000 in grants were not offered this year for psychiatric care leadership, uninsured clients and affordable housing. According to the release, AID has not received an additional $1 million in mental health and developmental disabilities service funds promised for this year.

AID’s Lyn O’Shea told league members that human service providers in Kane County have been laying off employees or not replacing them when they leave.

“The quality of the programs is dramatically impacted as the staff-to-client ratios increase,” she said.

The LOWV news release reports the following:

The Ecker Center for Mental Health told league members that $628,300 in grants were eliminated this year for  psychiatric care and for uninsured clients. The center has had to close two programs to new clients.

Community Crisis Center cannot provide shelter for people with newly-diagnosed mental illnesses.

The Elderday Center cannot accept new state-funded clients, but the organization does continue providing services for its present state-funded caseload — about 40 percent of its total caseload —  even though it has not received funding for these seniors.

Kindercare cannot provide childcare for parents who are no longer given assistance.

Mutual Ground has a long waiting list of domestic violence victims.

“This situation was not created by mismanagement of funds by these local agencies. Many of them had built up reserve funds, but these are being exhausted,” the LOWV news release said. “When the budget impasse will be resolved is not clear.”

Maureen Manning-Rosenfield, Community Crisis Center, told the LOWV that the funding issue is compounded because programs are interconnected.

“The massive cuts to mental health services will have an impact upon our agency, because in order to be eligible for shelter — those clients who have been diagnosed with mental illness are not granted intakes unless they are currently in treatment and stabilized on their medications,” she said. “Since the local mental health center is unable to accept new patients, those in need of meds and treatment will not be granted intake interviews. They will remain homeless. Frequently, this is a matter of life or death.”

SOURCE: League of Women Voters of Central Kane County news release

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. Non-partisan means that the league neither supports nor opposes candidates for elected office. Political means that after extensive member study and consensus, the league approves positions that inform action on political issues. The league takes action on a broad range of public policy issues. League members choose which issues will be  targeted for study and action. For more information, visit the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County website.