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|State Owes Human Service Providers Big Time
|The group Donors Forum now has numbers on what many in Illinois have suspected: State government is woefully behind at paying non-profit human services providers.
According to a national study by the Urban Institute, Illinois is the worst in the nation on several fronts.
■ Nearly three in four (72 percent) Illinois nonprofit organizations report delays in state reimbursements for services rendered, compared to 41 percent of nonprofit providers nationally
■ Almost two thirds (65 percent) of Illinois nonprofits report freezing or cutting salaries and more than half (54 percent) have cut jobs due to late payments
■ 59 percent of Illinois nonprofits say that government reimbursements don't cover costs, earning the state the ranking of third worst in the nation
■ Illinois was also third worst (72 percent) in governments' changing the terms of contracts and grants midstream, which makes it difficult to prepare reliable budgets or service programs.
Laurel O'Sullivan, vice president for public policy at Donors Forum, said, "Illinois is failing its residents just at the time when they need high-quality services the most. Unfortunately, this is just further evidence that Illinois' system for human services is broken and needs to be fixed."
Her group wants a published report on how much state government owes providers, and the lag in payments. It also wants a liaison to the governor's office, more involvement by people involved in the system, and a plan to reward, rather than decrease funding for, non-profits that are trying to be more efficient.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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