A FACT SHEET (Illinois: 18 and Out!) we’ve developed to assist you with advocacy about these devastating cuts is attached. We urge you to begin using this Fact Sheet with legislators. It would be ideal for you to add your agency’s logo to the right at the top. That way legislators will make the connection to your agency but see a consistent CCAI message. I also welcome any input from your young people in care who will be impacted on how they would like future fact sheets that they can use—what should be included? The FACT SHEET is also a good tool for you to use to educate your board members and supporters and for you to put on your agency’s web site.
CCAI plans to develop several other informational tools for legislators and our members to use that will highlight the terrible impact on kids of this budget choice as the session progresses. We need information from you, our member agencies, on the types and numbers of youth who will be affected and impact statements on the youth in general. You can use THIS form.
We thank those agencies that have already provided CCAI with statistics and information about the information for the youth served by your agency. If you’ve not yet submitted data on your agency to us, please do so as soon as possible. A chart showing the information we need is attached for your reference.
The FY’16 budget process began a few weeks ago when the Governor released his budget. Now the General Assembly is reviewing his budget through the Appropriations Committee process.
Next Tuesday, the Senate begins its review of the proposed DCFS budget.
The Senate appropriations committee members are listed below. If one of these members is your agency’s (or your personal) State Senator, please contact them immediately (before Tuesday afternoon) and share the Illinois: Out at 18 fact sheet. You can add your agency’s unique impact information. We also urge you to file a witness slip as an OPPONENT of the DCFS Budget. We’ll send out instructions for you to do this Monday afternoon, one the legislative dashboard is updated for the week.
CCAI is organizing a CCAI Advocacy Day on April 29 in Springfield. Mark your calendar to participate today. We continue to urge you to contact your state senator and representative for an appointment in their district. Talk with them about the impact of these cuts on the young people you serve and on your agency as a program provider and employer.
CCAI also initiated a bill seeking funding for Child Welfare Loan Forgiveness. Such loan forgiveness is one tool to help us begin to address the work force crisis we face. That fact sheet is also attached. Right now we ask you to contact your state senator and ask them specifically to sign on as a sponsor to SB 1749.
Here is the list of state senators on the Human Services Appropriations Committee. Contact them before Tuesday afternoon and use the Fact Sheet.