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Amanda (Tallman) Erickson
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As everyone knows my daughter is in Early intervention therapy for speech and behavior. My daughter is a little over 2 years old now and I still have never heard her call me mom. Each day gets better and better especially since we started using and learning sign language but she still only babbles not able to form words. But we found out last week that because of IL impass on the budget, if its not decided on by the end of September I will lose all of my daughter's therapy since our insurance wont cover it.

Not only are we losing it, but thousands of kids over IL will be too, who have even more challenging situations than my daughter's because they can't even decide on a budget. I am going to include the information that our service coordinator gave me and if you live in IL, please voice your concerns. Thank you. ~Amanda


Due to the budget impasse, Early Intervention/ Child and Family Connections offices have not received any funding since July 1st.  Please tell our State Legislators and Governor Rauner they need to pass a state budget and pass Senate Bill  SB 2046 (found on pages 40&42)  to fund Early Intervention. Early Intervention is a vital program serving over 20,000 Illinois infants and toddlers age birth to 3yrs old with developmental delays and disabilities.


Child and Family Connection offices around the state are running out of money!  They will have to close their doors if funding is not restored soon. This  means eligibility determination, development of Individual Family Service Plans, coordination of current services, provider oversight, family support/education, as well as transition of eligible children to early childhood programs will be disrupted or cease to exist if funding is not restored.


Providers/Therapists are also not being paid, which will eventually force many of them to also discontinue ongoing therapy services with children and families. We cannot to let our Legislators and Governor continue to use babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities as pawns in this political game.


·         Studies have shown that every dollar spent on Early Interventionsaves at least $7 in future costs.


·         Less than half the money spent to provide Early Intervention services comes from state revenue.  For every dollar cut, the State loses Federal matching funds, private insurance and family fees..


·         Resources taken away from children birth to three will only be kicked forward and multiplied, as conditions which aren’t addressed in Early Intervention will worsen and be more expensive to remedy when a child starts preschool or kindergarten.  This will increase costs for financially strapped schools across the state.



The Governors’ office takes the top five concerns posted on a daily basis and reports them to Governor Rauner.  Please tell the Governor to: Fund Early Intervention and Child and Family Connection offices NOW!  Babies with developmental delays and disabilities cannot wait! Pass Senate bill SB 2046which will restore funding to Early Intervention.


Please click the link below to contact Governor Rauner.  Please click and fill out DAILY so Early Intervention is in the TOP 5 issues reviewed everyday.…  


To locate your state representative please click the following link and make a personal call or visit to your legislators office over the next two weeks… 

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