Voices of Illinois Children
The Fiscal Policy Center of Voices for Illinois Children is a statewide, multi-issue, nonpartisan advocacy organization that engages in a range of activities, including policy advocacy, strategic communications, community engagement, and policy research and analysis.
State Services Spending: Illinois is a comparatively low-spending state for major areas of human services, as measured by expenditures in relation to aggregate personal income. Spending on both community-based mental health services and community-based disability services in Illinois in FY 2013 was less than half the U.S. average and lowest among eight midwestern states. Click here for a comparison of Illinois expenditures to other states.
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Click Here for Final Report on State Budget Cuts to SNAP Program
Budget Snapshot: To help understand the funding status for various health and human services, the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children compiled a budget snapshot. It shows that the failure to fully fund services is having real, “on the ground” impacts across the state.
Human Services Spending: a comparison of neighboring states
Data from the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children show that, in FY 2013, our state spent less per capita on community-based developmental disability services than any of our neighboring states. That year, Illinois ranked 43rd on this measure among all 50 states. Cutting money for human services has been the preferred solution to balancing our state budget for years. For example, between 2009 and 2014, lawmakers reduced state support for developmental disability grants by 26 percent, community mental health services by 20 percent, and addiction treatment services by 27 percent.
Over the years: Between FY2009 and FY2015, dozens of human service programs have been affected by budget cuts. General Revenue Funding decreases to programs within four government agencies that provide health and human services have totaled $680 million. Most of the affected programs have been cut by at least 5% and some have been eliminated altogether. Click Here for a list of affected programs, prepared by the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children.