On Wednesday, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced that her office would immediately begin making payments to early intervention providers who work with disabled infants and toddlers to create developmental strategies.
Senator Bill Brady(R-Bloomington) applauded the Comptroller’s move, saying that providing funding to vital state services like this one needs to be a priority as legislative Democrats continue to stymie budget negotiations with short-sighted, incomplete budgetary measures.
The Comptroller’s office looked more closely at several active consent decrees and determined that early intervention services were covered. This determination allowed her office to begin the process of setting up accounts so that payments can be processed as soon as it begins to receive vouchers from the Department of Human Services (DHS).
"I know the tremendous benefits that early intervention services can provide to our delayed and disabled infants and toddlers, and I was extremely concerned when I learned many providers would likely be suspending their vital therapeutic services at the end of this month," Munger said. "My office is working today to set up the accounts and we will immediately begin making payments to Early Intervention providers as soon as we receive vouchers from DHS so we can avoid further hardships."