YWCA McLean County will end the home care services it provides to 195 clients through the state of Illinois due to an unpaid bill backlog.
Despite the passage of a state budget earlier this month, YWCA Home Care Services said it will not renew its contract with the State of Illinois Department on Aging. The current contract expires August 5. About 85 percent of the home care budget is funded by the state. In years' past, the YWCA said it has used United Way funding and private donations to help keep the program afloat, but the lack of state help for the past two years is forcing the change.
“Unfortunately, because of the vast amount of time we have gone without a state budget—meaning no payments or very slow payments,” said D. Dontae Latson, CEO, YWCA McLean County. “We have been forced to change the way we do business so we can keep our doors open.”
“We worked diligently with the Illinois Department on Aging to come to an equitable agreement,” said Vicki Hightower, senior director of adult services at YWCA McLean County. “But IDOA was unwilling to amend our contract so we could keep this essential service. We are devastated that we had to make this decision.”
YWCA Home Care provided 48,144 hours of service to their clients last year. After August 5, Addus HomeCare and Help at Home will continue to provide home care services. Anyone who needs help should call Community Care Systems at (309) 661-6400 or PATH at 211.