SABE Region 5

Illinois

Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance (The Alliance)

Self advocacy groups are still monitoring what is going to happen once managed care is fully implemented and what it will mean for those with disabilities. They are also working hard to close state institutions, however, they are meeting heavy resistance from local, county, and state officials.

Last updated February 2014


Indiana

Self advocacy groups are cheering for the passage of SB 345, which drastically limits the use of restraints and seclusion in schools. All schools in Indiana, including public and non-public must have a plan in place by 7/1/14. The goal of this law is to eliminate the use of restraints and seclusion in schools by 2020.

Last updated February 2014


Iowa

No new information


Michigan

Financial issues continue to be a major area of concern for those with disabilities. They are also waiting to see if ACA will be fully implemented and are now dealing with the NAIC trying to get brokerage fees exempt from MLR and making premiums higher, as well as the legislative attempt to eliminate Michigan’s EITC. Self advocacy groups are closely monitoring the upcoming legislative session as talks of significant cuts and/or eliminations of services appears likely in the next session.

Last updated February 2014


MinnesotaLogo for Self-Advocates Minnesota

Self advocacy groups are monitoring the upcoming legislative session as the budget forecast as yet to be announced and are unsure of what will happen once it is announced. The Arc of MN conference will be held on November 1-2 in St. Louis Park.

Last updated February 2014


Ohio

Self advocacy groups are still waiting to hear about the ACA buy-in and whether Medicare and state insurance will be eliminated in the next legislative session. They are working hard to make sure Medicare and state insurance are not eliminated.

Last updated February 2014


Wisconsin

Self advocacy in Wisconsin is being revamped with Tia Nelis helping to oversee its efforts. They are hoping to get things back on track as soon as possible and thank Tia Nelis for her help in this process.

Last updated February 2014