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Easterseals' legislative efforts focus on health care, early intervention, child care, education, employment, housing, supports for older Americans, recreation, assistive technology, transportation, and nonprofit organization operations.

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Support Additional Early Intervention Funding

Address Service Delays and Workforce Shortage

Contact your state legislators to ask for supplemental funding this fiscal year for the state's Early Intervention program, which provides critical services to children who have or are at risk for significant developmental delays and disabilities. This increased funding will allow the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to address immediate and future program needs and respond to growing caseloads, increasing service delays and an impending workforce crisis.

An additional $15 million in funding for the Early Intervention program this fiscal year, Fiscal Year 2023, would allow IDHS to address growing service delays and the program's pressing workforce crisis. Funding can be used immediately to increase compensation for credentialed providers and improve the referral and evaluation process for families.

Contact your legislator(s) now and ask them to approve supplemental funding for Early Intervention this January to help ensure equitable access to necessary developmental services and supports that are known to dramatically improve a child's lifelong trajectory.

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