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92_HJ0073 LRB9216689DJmgA 1 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, In Olmstead vs. L.C. ex rel. Zimring, 119 S. Ct. 3 2176 (1999), the Supreme Court affirmed that a state is 4 obliged to provide community-based services and supports for 5 individuals with disabilities who have been recommended for 6 community placement by a state's treatment professional, 7 choose to be served in the community, and would otherwise be 8 served in a state institution; and 9 WHEREAS, The implication of the Olmstead Decision is a 10 fundamental alteration in the state's delivery system for 11 persons with disabilities, requiring the expansion of 12 services and supports at the community level to integrate 13 more persons with disabilities in community-based settings; 14 and 15 WHEREAS, In fulfilling the responsibilities under 16 Olmstead, the State must coordinate the necessary financial 17 resources to expand these community-based services, including 18 identifying other financial resources outside of General 19 Revenue Funds; and 20 WHEREAS, In further fulfilling the responsibilities under 21 Olmstead by addressing the interagency barriers to services 22 and supports for all persons with disabilities, a cohesive 23 and strategic direction must be established by the Governor 24 and all State agencies that offer services and supports to 25 persons with disabilities that maximizes the use of all 26 sources of funding at the State, federal, and local levels; 27 and 28 WHEREAS, Federal funding opportunities play an integral 29 role in providing states with additional financial resources 30 to maintain and expand services and supports for persons with 31 disabilities; and -2- LRB9216689DJmgA 1 WHEREAS, The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) 2 Waiver, first authorized by Congress in 1981, continues to 3 play a larger role in permitting innovation in the states due 4 to the increasing flexibility of the Centers for Medicare and 5 Medicaid Services (CMS) and an increasing nationwide effort 6 to utilize currently unmatched state and local funds to draw 7 down additional federal HCBS Waiver revenue; and 8 WHEREAS, The Olmstead Decision has also stimulated 9 increased utilization of the Waiver to finance community long 10 term care supports; and 11 WHEREAS, Illinois has the capacity to leverage unmatched 12 State funds to capture more federal financial participation, 13 thereby improving on its current ranking of 48th in federal 14 waiver spending per capita; and 15 WHEREAS, In FY00, Illinois captured an average of only 16 $6.15 in federal funding per capita, and federal-state waiver 17 spending represented only 13% of total spending; therefore, 18 be it 19 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 20 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE 21 SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that we support the efforts of the 22 State's developmental disabilities council, the Illinois 23 Council on Developmental Disabilities, in its support of 24 activities that lead to a re-design of the system of services 25 and supports for all persons with developmental disabilities 26 and urge the Council to conduct activities that address the 27 following goals: 28 (1) identify ways in which the State of Illinois can 29 increase its ability to capture more federal financial 30 participation (FFP), as well as maximize other financial 31 resources to fund services and supports for persons with 32 disabilities; -3- LRB9216689DJmgA 1 (2) identify ways in which the State of Illinois can 2 increase the flexibility in how that federal financial 3 participation is utilized; and 4 (3) identify ways in which the State of Illinois can 5 direct more federal financial participation toward the 6 expansion of community-based services and supports for 7 persons with disabilities; and be it further 8 RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to 9 the chairperson of the Illinois Council on Developmental 10 Disabilities.
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