config

Tom Cullerton’s measure to ease burden on special needs families signed into law

TCullertonVILLA PARK – State Senator Tom Cullerton’s initiative to help nearly 20,000 Illinois families on waiting lists for developmental disability services was signed into law today.

House Bill 6086, sponsored by Cullerton in the Senate, will require the state to take certain factors into consideration when determining which individuals will receive services, such as the amount of time spent already on a waiting list.

“Any time we can pass legislation to help our developmentally disabled population, it makes us a stronger and better state,” said Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat.

House Bill 6086 is an initiative of Autism Speaks. The organization approached Cullerton for assistance because of the difficulty that families face when they spend a significant amount of time on the state’s Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) waiting list to receive services for developmentally disabled family members.

“I would like to thank Senator Tom Cullerton and Gov. Rauner for being supportive of House Bill 6086,” said Mike Baker, volunteer state advocacy chairman for Autism Speaks. “I hope that it will be the first of many steps to expand and improve services for people with autism and all developmental disabilities in Illinois.”

PUNS is a statewide database with information about individuals with developmental disabilities who seek state services. The database does not function as a first-come, first-served service; enrollments are categorized by need, and families with immediate needs are served first.

House Bill 6086 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE General Assembly approves Manar measure to cover cancer clinical trials for Medicaid beneficiaries
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
SPRINGFIELD – With Gov. Pritzker’s signature, Illinois Medicaid recipients would be eligible for life-saving clinical trials to treat cancer and...

Read More...
IMAGE Jones highlights senior services in this year’s state budget
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
CHICAGO – The state budget for the next fiscal year will increase funding to senior services to help some of the most vulnerable Illinoisans...

Read More...
IMAGE Joyce secures Kankakee River improvement funding in state budget
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
PARK FOREST – The Kankakee River is a critical asset for neighboring communities, providing resources for nearly 80,000 people in Kankakee and Will...

Read More...
IMAGE Comptroller Mendoza sets record straight on pay raise rumors
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Political ambition and integrity are at odds for some Illinois lawmakers BUNKER HILL – Some Illinois lawmakers took to social media this week to...

Read More...
IMAGE Driver services facilities to open in June for new drivers and renewals
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
DES PLAINES – To begin to address the volume of expired vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses and ID cards in Illinois, the Illinois Secretary...

Read More...