Disability advocates in McHenry County are advancing their efforts to pass a referendum to form a 377 Board (What is a 377 Board). The vote takes place on April 9, 2013. If passed, McHenry County will realize some $9M per year to serve those with developmental disabilities.
The website Vote Yes McHenry County Developmental Disabilities Board (http://www.voteyesddb.com/) plainly presents the problem, proposed solution and plans for service. It contains information and materials for advocates to use in the final days of the campaign.
This initiative is being watched by advocates around the state who face the same issues of inadequate services for family members, slow state payment to providers and increasing need among families. A similar initiative in Kane County (See ShowYouCareKane.com) is aiming for a 2014 vote. Kane advocates will be collecting signatures at polling places in Kane County on April 9th. They need 8,000 more signatures for placement of the referendum on the 2014 ballot.
For more information on the McHenry initiative contact Cindy Sullivan, Executive Director, Options & Advocacy for McHenry County, 815.477.4720 x 233, firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick Maynard, PhD, President/CEO, Pioneer Center for Human Services, 815.759.7044, email@example.com