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Budget Subcommittee Minutes 

Monday, November 12, 2011 | 10:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Meeting Location: By teleconference
Telephone: (877) 807-5706


Welcome/Introductory Remarks

Beth Hanselman welcomed individuals to the Budget Subcommittee and shared the purpose of the day's meeting that was to discuss the budget review questions provided via email along with the October 20, 2011, minutes. All responses to the questions are to be emailed to Amy Hyde at by the close of business Wednesday, November 23, 2011. Beth will share the final version with the subcommittee for review no later than Monday, November 29th.
Meeting materials include: meeting agenda and budget review questions

Members present on the phone:
Patti Gregory-Chang
Cynthia Riseman
Marybeth Lauderdale
Kris Smith
Elizabeth Gastelum
John Little
Jane Breen
Randy Shearburn
Beth Hanselman

Members absent:
Angela Botz
Margaret Vaughn
Marjorie Olson

Budget Review Questions

  1. Identify levels of funding support for deaf and visually impaired students by the type of educational setting (Illinois data and other states).
  2. What are the instructional expenditures in private schools (residential and non-residential)? What are the tuition costs?
  3. For the two schools, identify the instructional expenditures in the budget and the non-instructional costs.
  4. What are the levels of funding for early intervention programs? What are the estimated costs to provide early learning programs and resources for young children and their families? How many families are currently served? Do local school districts have early outreach programs?
  5. Kris Smith provided the following information regarding EI.

    Illinois Department of Human Services - Services for Children & Teens
    Early Intervention

    Program Description: The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program of evaluation and assessment for infants and toddlers under three years of age and of services for those who have a disability, a 30 percent delay in development in any area, or are at risk of developmental delays. The Early Intervention Program supports families in promoting their child's optimal development and facilitating the child's participation in family and community activities.

    Early Intervention services include, but are not limited to: developmental evaluations and assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, developmental therapy, service coordination, psychological services and social work services. Regional Child and Family Connection agencies arrange for evaluations and assessments for children under three. Families with eligible children receive an Individualized Family Service Plan, which lists the services and supports that are needed for the child to achieve his/her outcomes. Early Intervention services are paid for with a combination of government and family resources. The cost of some services are paid by the program and provided to families at no cost. These include evaluation, assessment, development of a service plan, and service coordination. Ongoing Early Intervention services are paid for by the family's health insurance, when appropriate, government insurance (All Kids), and program funds. Families contribute to the cost of services by paying fees based on a sliding scale.

    At DHS Since: The Early Intervention Program has been housed in DHS since January 1998.

    Eligibility Requirements: Infants and toddlers under three years of age who have a disability; a 30 percent delay in cognitive development, physical development, language and speech development, psychosocial development, and self-help skills; or are at risk of developmental delays. (See 89 IL Admin Code 500.50.)

    Individuals Served: The number of infants and toddlers served over the past three fiscal years are: 

    FY 09

    FY 10

    FY 11






    Program Funding: Please describe how your program is funded and the proposed funding for FY12.


    FY 10  Actual

    FY 11  Allocated

    FY 12  Proposed













  6. What state education programs provide funds and/or resources that help to serve deaf or visually impaired students in a local school district?
  7. GRF funds in the ISBE budget:

    • Blind and Dyslexic $816.6
    • Material Center for Visually Impaired $1.421.1
    • Phillip Rock Center and School $3.577.8

    Kris Smith to provide figures from DHA budget.

  8. What federal funds are available to local districts and to the two schools? Are there opportunities for new or additional federal funds?
  9. Marybeth Lauderdale will provide a list of the funds ISD/ISVI receive so Beth Hanselman can compare to the list of possible funds the schools might be eligible to receive.

  10. What is the current level of expenditures for students who are served by the Philip Rock Center?
  11. Philip Rock Center and School:

    The state appropriation since FY 09 has been $3,577,800 for the Philip Rock Center and School.

    To provide for a statewide center and a school for individuals who are both deaf and blind. Deaf-blind students require highly specialized and personalized teaching approaches and special adaptations in instruction in both the auditory and visual modes to promote maximum learning.

    The funds enable the Philip Rock Center to continue community-based and center-based classroom programs. More specifically, funds support salaries and benefits for 48 full-time and 30 part-time employees, transportation, food and lodging associated with residential placement, staff training, community access, and educational services for students. The Philip Rock Center also serves as the state’s resource for technical assistance and training to all school personnel and families in Illinois on behalf of all school-aged children who are deaf-blind.

    In fiscal year 2010, full residential and educational services are being provided to 15 students at the Philip J. Rock Center and School. Statewide, about 440 children/youth that are deaf-blind are eligible for support services through the service center.

    Project REACH:

    The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program awarded a multi-year federal grant to the Illinois State Board of Education for serving deaf/blind children and youth, called PROJECT REACH. The Illinois State Board of Education contracts with the Philip J. Rock Center and School to administer the goals and objectives for PROJECT REACH.

    Project Reach provides technical assistance, information, and training to address the early intervention, special education, related services, and transitional services needs of children with deaf-blindness and enhance state capacity to improve services and outcomes for children and their families.

    Technical assistance is designed:

    • To assure that service providers more effectively provide special education services
    • To provide in-service training to paraprofessionals and professionals
    • To provide activities to facilitate family involvement
    • To provide consultative services
    • To promote the integration/inclusion of children with deaf-blindness with children with other disabilities and without disabilities

    Services are coordinated with other state agencies responsible for providing services to children who are deaf-blind.

    Illinois Service Resource Center:

    The Illinois Service Resource Center provides behavior support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Illinois. Behavior support can be for individual students with challenges, or at the preventive level with classrooms or school programs. ISRC serves students with hearing loss regardless of communication mode. ISRC is funded through federal discretionary funds $507,000.

    ISRC is a component of the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Center (ISTAC) funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. ISRC provides training, onsite assistance and resources for parents and educators of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    ISRC team members visit homes and schools to work with families and educators in developing positive behavior support plans for DHH students in need of intensive level supports.

    ISRC team members work with DHH programs and classrooms to develop positive behavior support plans that teach appropriate expected behaviors for all students.

  12. What is the current budget for programs and services for young adults who are served by DRS?
  13. Kris Smith provided general program information for the various DHS programs. Clarification on the intent of this question is necessary.

    Transition/STEP: DRS spend about $5.7 million annually for Transition Specialist and STEP agreements statewide. We serve about 600 high schools and over 14,000 STEP students and 3,500 transition students. DRS captures about $15 million per year in matching funds from these two programs. We have roughly 26 Transition Specialist statewide and roughly 36 DRS staff serving STEP students. There are about 30 Transition Planning Councils statewide who receive around $15,000 (collectively) to do transition related activities.

    DRS receives:

    • 117 M in Federal VR dollars for services to individuals with disabilities. There is a state match in addition to that. Including services provided under Independent Living, Supported Employment. This also includes work experience and transition services.
    • 532 M in services to adults and some children under the Home Services Program.
    • 5.4 M for the operation of Illinois Center for Rehab. and Education (Chicago) - A residential facility for students with multiple disabilities. Transition services are provided.
  14. What funding and resources are available for family outreach and parent information? Do we have the capability to identify and reach all families?
  15. Marybeth Lauderdale will provide information related to the various outreach activities associated with ISD/ISVI. ISBE family outreach contacts include: Michelle Phillips, Director, Family Resource Center on Disabilities; Merle Siefken, Statewide Director, Parent & Educator Partnership; Deb Einhorn, Director, Family Matters, and the Parent Mentor project

Next Working Group Meeting

December 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conference call-in number to be provided at a later date.

Meeting Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at approximately 11:45 AM.