- Published: 15 April 2015
CHICAGO – During a meeting with an organization dedicated to assisting families with severe mental health concerns as well as family members of individuals receiving care, State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) learned about the services that the families receive and what effect a change in funding would cause to their lives.
The Keystone Alliance is an organization comprising two agencies: Search Inc., which provides full-time living facilities with round-the-clock care for individuals suffering from severe physical and mental disabilities, and Glenkirk, which provides respite care to families caring for loved ones that allows them a window of time each week to take care of other concerns.
“For these families to be facing such uncertainty is incredibly difficult, especially when you consider that they are trying to do the best for their families and ensuring that their loved ones receive the best care when they are unable to give it,” Mulroe said. “I oppose cutting funding to programs like these, because even if they aren’t vital to everyone, they are incredibly vital to those receiving them.”
Under the governor’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget, these services would see drastic cuts. The cuts would ultimately have the greatest effect on staffing abilities of Search and Glenkirk, which could lead to poorer quality of service and could even cause Keystone Alliance to lose its licensure.
“We need to be able to care for the ones we love,” Mulroe said. “The compassionate thing to do here is also the obvious one: We need to maintain current funding levels at the very least.”
The Senate Appropriations Committee is currently in discussion with the governor’s office regarding next year’s budget.
Click below to watch video from the discussion.