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Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Approve Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Budget

May 2, 2011

(Springfield, IL) — May 2, 2011. Illinois’ top child welfare advocate group has called on the state legislature to back Governor Pat Quinn‘s proposed $1.2 billion Illinois Department of Children Family Services fiscal year 2012 budget.

“The Illinois child welfare system has gone from the worst in the nation to a national model because of reforms demanded by eight different court consent decrees and legislated by the Illinois General Assembly,” said Marge Berglind, President of the Child Care Association of Illinois.

“Courts ordered reforms 10-years ago and lawmakers delivered,” said Berglind. “Now legislators have to protect their investment and approve the governor’s requested budget.”

Quinn’s proposal cuts 2.87% or $24.9 million in General Revenue Funds from the agency’s fiscal year 2011 level.

Lawmakers are back in Springfield this week to address budget issues.

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Child Welfare Advocates Hail Governor Pat Quinn, Rep Joe Lyons, Senator Dan Kotowski for New Law to Capture $17 Million for Illinois Abused Kid Care

July 21, 2010

(Springfield, IL) — July 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today approved a bill that would enable the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to capture an additional $17 million from the federal government to help pay for Illinois foster children care.

The House backed the legislation, Senate Bill 3420, sponsored by State Rep. Joe Lyons (D-Chicago) and State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), 113-0.

“The economic crisis has undermined a DCFS fund that pays for care of abused and neglected children and it can no longer generate enough money to sustain current spending,” said Marge Berglind, President of Child Care Association of Illinois. “The legislation will cost the state nothing. All the new money would come from the federal government.”

Berglind did note, “Some concerns were raised late last week as the bill was being reviewed by budget and policy staff.  However, we were able to submit additional information about the intent of the bill and its purpose to the Governor’s office that helped address those concerns.”

“This bill was an initiative of CCAI that took 2 years to reach a conclusion, including many hearings and meetings. We thank Senator Kotowski, Representative Lyons and Governor Quinn for their support and efforts on our behalf,” Berglind said.

DCFS has asked private child welfare agencies to voluntarily convert foster care and counseling services into Medicaid-claimable programs.

In addition to Lyons, House sponsors include: Naomi Jakobsson (D), Sara Feigenholtz (D), Pat Verschoore (D), Jehan Gordon (D), David Leitch (D), Paul Froehlich (D), LaShawn Ford (D) and Tom Holbrook (D).

Marge Berglind Receives Jane Addams Women of Valor Award

June 15, 2010

Marge Berglind, President & CEO, Child Care Association of Illinois

(Chicago, IL) — June 15, 2010. As part of a year-long celebration that will culminate in Jane Addams’150th Birthday Celebration in September 2010, the Jane Addams Women of Valor Award today was presented to Margaret Berglind, LCSW, and longtime NASW Illinois Chapter member.

Berglind is president and CEO of Child Care Association of Illinois.

The Child Care Association of Illinois (CCAI) promotes, protects, advocates for, and strengthens a responsive, not-for-profit service delivery system and shapes public policies for the benefit of children and families.

“Marge is true advocate for the member child welfare agencies and articulates the needs and the realities of the child welfare system in the state of Illinois,” said Terri A. Johnson, Vice President, Policy & Advocacy at the Jane Addams Hull House Association.

“I’m proud and humbled to received this distinguished honor,” said Berglind.

The keynote speaker at the event was Dr. Creasie Hairston, dean of the University of Illinois Jane Addams College of Social Work.

Illinois House Approves New Illinois Budget; Governor Pat Quinn Gets Emergency Budget Powers

May 27, 2010

Governor Pat Quinn

(Springfield, IL) — May 27, 2010. The Illinois House on Wednesday night passed a $26.2 billion budget plan previously approved on May 6 by the Illinois Senate.

The Illinois budget, House Bill 859, is a “lump sum” and, as a result, there are few specific appropriations lines to track. Lump appropriations went to specific state agencies and a super lump sum—$2.3 billion—went to the Governor’s office to allocate.

“The spending plan cuts the state agencies’ operations approximately 5%–or $400 million—from FY ’10 levels,” said Marge Berglind, President of the Child Care Association of Illinois.

Some state agency appropriations actually tally to levels that are more than a 5% reduction. The shortfall would then have to be negotiated between the agency and the Governor’s office from that “super lump sum”, Berglind noted.

The Illinois State Board of Education budget still contains worrisome reductions in mandated categorical lines. If the legislature approves the $1 per pack cigarette tax, much of that revenue is geared towards reducing some of those cuts.

The House also passed the Emergency Budget Act, which contains a series of provisions for revenue (i.e. a $1 billion borrowing from restricted state funds) and administrative authority.

“The Emergency Budget Act will give Governor Pat Quinn power to cut the budget as he sees fit without the General Assembly’s approval,” said Berglind.

All programs are “subject to appropriations” so that potentially any program, including entitlement programs, could be cut or reduced. Quinn could also hold back funding from state agencies and could adjust service and reimbursement rates at will.

The Emergency Budget Act bill must go back to the Senate today for concurrence on amendments. The Senate previously passed its own version of this act on May 6, though it is not expected that this will pose a problem.

Senate President John Cullerton

The House also passed legislation that permits borrowing to meet its  $3.5 billion pension payment obligation. That authorization to borrow reduces some strain on the spending plan. The Senate must concur with amendments on this bill as well.

“Currently, Senate passage of the pension borrowing is in doubt,” said Berglind. “Senate President John Cullerton is still trying to round up votes for the plan pushed through the House by Speaker Michael Madigan.”

The House must still debate the cigarette tax and tax amnesty provisions of the budget framework.

The legislature is likely to have the final pieces of the budget in place by the end of the week. However, the spending plan itself is complete.

“As the Child Care Association of Illinois previously predicted, this lump sum budget now goes to the state agencies to develop line item budgets,” said Berglind. “Those agencies must determine their own priorities and then translate those into actual spending plans for specific programs and services.

“It may take some time for us to verify and validate the plans of the state agencies for specific programs and contracts.”

Berglind noted that this spending plan, in general, is not as drastic in its reductions as it could have been, although there will be areas of concern as the year progresses.

Pat Quinn’s Budget Jeopardizes 24-Hour Crisis Intervention, Mental Health Care, After School, Special Ed for 17,000 Troubled Teens

April 27, 2010

Governor Pat Quinn

(Springfield, IL) – Governor Pat Quinn’s budget proposal that slashes additional $4.1 million from Illinois child welfare agencies serving troubled Illinois teenagers will undermine care and after school programs for at least 17,000 children, according to advocates today who appeared at an Illinois Senate panel hearing.

“Governor Pat Quinn last month delivered a brief but dismal budget message,” said Marge Berglind, President of the Child Care Association of Illinois. “And that message said the state will once again slash care to more than 17,000 troubled Illinois teenagers.”

According to Berglind’s analysis of Quinn’s budget under the Illinois Department of Human Services, headed by Secretary Michelle Saddler, Early Intervention, Homeless Youth, Healthy Families, Parents Too Soon, Redeploy Illinois, Teen REACH, Teen Parent Services, and UDIS were reduced 10% this year and 20% in the last two state budgets.

“The Governor is gutting these after school and supplemental school programs year after year after year with brutal cuts totaling 30%,” said Berglind. “Shrinking these supportive school programs is an invitation to a graduation rate collapse.”

Berglind made her comments as the Illinois State Senate Humans Services Appropriations Committee today took budget testimony at its hearing from youth service advocates.  Senate Committee members include: Chairman Donne Trotter (D), Jeff Schoenberg (D), Jacqueline Collins (D), William Delgado (D), Mattie Hunter (D), Mike Jacobs (D), Emil Jones, III (D), Matt Murphy (R), Pamela Althoff (R), Tim Bivins (R), Chris Lauzen (R), Dave Syverson (R).

Additionally, Berglind noted that Illinois Department of Human Services officials said that 4,200 children would lose care due to Quinn’s cuts to Mental Health Community Based services.

“Eliminating mental health care for 4,200 children will likely doom their academic performance,” said Berglind.

Finally, Berglind noted that the state special education budget took a huge hit of almost $67 million in Quinn’s budget. In the budget, the Regular Orphanage Act line is down 25.44%, the Special Ed Orphanage Act line is down 32.13% and the Private Tuition Line is down 13.78%.

“State support for special education is down, down, down the drain,” said Berglind.

“We urge the General Assembly to develop a budget that reverses the massive cuts to care, after school, and special education programs for troubled youth,” said Berglind.

Illinois House Sends Gov. Pat Quinn Lyons-Kotowski Bill to Secure $17 Million from Federal Government for Illinois Foster Care

April 22, 2010

State Rep. Joe Lyons

(Springfield, IL) — April 22, 2010. The Illinois House today unanimously approved a bill that would enable the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to capture an additional $17 million from the federal government to help pay for Illinois foster children care.

The House backed the legislation, Senate Bill 3420, sponsored by State Rep. Joe Lyons (D-Chicago) and State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), 113-0.

“The economic crisis has undermined a DCFS fund that pays for care of abused and neglected children and it can no longer generate enough money to sustain current spending,” said Marge Berglind, President of Child Care Association of Illinois.

“The legislation will cost the state nothing. All the new money would come from the federal government.”

DCFS has asked private child welfare agencies to voluntarily convert foster care and counseling services into Medicaid-claimable programs.

In addition to Lyons, House sponsors include: Naomi Jakobsson (D), Sara Feigenholtz (D), Pat Verschoore (D), Jehan Gordon (D), David Leitch (D), Paul Froehlich (D), LaShawn Ford (D) and Tom Holbrook (D).

The measure now goes to Governor Pat Quinn for consideration.

Illinois Senate OKs Kotowski Plan to Capture $17 Million from U.S. Government for Illinois Foster Care

March 18, 2010

(Springfield, IL) – March 18, 2010. The Illinois Senate last night unanimously approved a bill that would enable the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to capture an additional $17 million from the federal government to help pay for Illinois foster children care.

The Senate backed the legislation, Senate Bill 3420, sponsored by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) by a 56-0 vote.

“The economic crisis has undermined a DCFS fund that pays for care of abused and neglected children and it can no longer generate enough money to sustain current spending,” said Marge Berglind, President of Child Care Association of Illinois.

“The legislation will cost the state nothing. All the new money would come from the federal government.”

DCFS has asked private child welfare agencies to voluntarily convert foster care and counseling services into Medicaid-claimable programs.

The legislation now moves to the Illinois House where State Rep. Joe Lyons (D-Chicago) is the sponsor.