Welcome to the CCAR Industries website! CCAR Industries is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by a local parents’ group in 1969. Our mission is to provide community-based services and supports that enhance the quality of life of East Central Illinois citizens with developmental disabilities and/or other functional limitations throughout their lifespan. Our team is dedicated to providing high quality, individualized services to program consumers and their families.
We love to hear from our website visitors. Your comments and suggestions help us to improve our website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any ideas or if you would like more information about our agency!
ACTION UPDATE! IMPACT OF PROPOSED MEDICAID CUTS
Indications at the Statehouse are that there could be up to a 2.5% Medicaid rate cut as a result of FY15 shortfalls in negotiations between the Governor’s Office and the legislative leaders. CCAR Industries’ day and residential programs are funded by Medicaid. These funds enable our agency (along with many others in the State) to provide routine, direct services to the individuals enrolled in our programs.
WHAT DO THESE CHANGES MEAN? In real terms, the proposed cut would result in a loss of $129,135 to the agency. In addition, the proposed FY16 budget does not include funding for Respite services. This would impact 25 agency families and would result in the loss of $66,612. More stringent eligibility standards for Early Intervention services are proposed for FY16. Currently, children need to demonstrate a 30% (or more) delay in developmental areas. Proposed for FY16, children would need to demonstrate a 50% (or more) delay in developmental areas. It is predicted that 50% of the families served by CCAR Industries may not meet eligibility standards. That would result in 50 children potentially being denied services and would be a $90,000 loss for the agency.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TO STOP THESE CUTS! In order to stop these cuts, we ask that you contact your legislators to convey that a Medicaid rate cut of any type is unacceptable. Ask your legislators is to fully fund FY15 liabilities as previously outlined by the Governor. Click HERE to access the list of local legislators. You can see the full list by clicking HERE for Senators and HERE for Representatives.
MARCH IS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH
Public Law 99 – 483 was enacted in 1987 by the US Congress designating March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan noted that Americans were becoming “increasingly aware that such disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or at home, as members of their families and of their communities.” President Reagan also urged all Americans to “join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”
Here are some ways that YOU can help CCAR Industries promote awareness of the strengths and achievements of Americans with developmental disabilities:
- Create a Facebook or blog post about someone with disabilities who has inspired you. Encourage your friends to share your post with others.
- Contact your legislators and local policy-makers about promoting and enacting policies that benefit people with developmental disabilities.
- Talk to your children about demonstrating respect and using appropriate disability-related terminology. Speak with educators about promoting environments that discourage bullying and promote understanding.
- Support businesses that train, mentor, and employ individuals with disabilities. Tell the manager how they’ve earned your business.
- Other ideas? Click here to share how YOU support individuals in your community.
THANKS FOR TAKING OUR SURVEY!
Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback about a new sign to complement our employment banner on Lincoln Avenue! In addition to the sign, we are hoping to have lighting installed to illuminate our American flag at night. We are still in the design stages and have a few hurdles to overcome, but hope to do this in the spring. The sign design that received the most votes is below. Click here to tell us what YOU think?
OUR ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE
Above are a few photos from the Developmental Training Program’s Valentine’s Day dance that was held on February 13th. Our day program consumers and staff love parties, especially when there’s music and dancing! Natalie (pictured below) is a writer for our newsletter. She plans to write an article about the party for our E-Publication page. Stay tuned for details…