CIL Funding and Other Services at Stake

January 2, 2013 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

In recent years, ECNV Action Alertand other Virginia Centers for Independent Living (CILs) experienced significant cuts in state funding, including a $306,866 budget cut last year. State funding for CILs is less than that provided in FY’09.

The result is that ECNV and other CILs have had to stretch dwindling resources to continue to serve consumers and their families. Some ECNV services like a dedicated deaf outreach program were suspended, and a blindness resource staff person was lost through attrition. Plans for more targeted Hispanic outreach were delayed. Loudoun ENDependence (LEND), ECNV’s satellite, serves one of the fastest growing communities in the nation with only 2½ peer counselors/IL specialists. Without relief in sight, waitlists and cuts in services could loom ahead!

Why Is It Important To Fund CILs?

Simply put, funding for CILs is a cost-effective investment in the disability community! CILs are local and offer a unique array of peer-based, self-help services that promote consumer-direction and self-determination so that people with disabilities can take charge of their own lives, setting and achieving their own life goals.

CILs are consumer-controlled, consumer-run organizations, allowing people with disabilities to play an active role in planning, developing, operating, and overseeing the services they receive. This model makes CILs unique among providers of service to the disability community.

State funding for CILs is an important investment in giving people with disabilities the tools they need to live independent, productive and fulfilled lifestyles in their own homes and communities. CIL services and supports save the state $2 for everyone $1 invested by keeping Virginians with disabilities out of institutions!

That’s why CIL funding is a top priority for ECNV and the Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living.  And, you can help!

!!!!!Come and Speak Out at  Public Hearings in January!!!!!

State legislators will hold public hearings in Northern Virginia the 1st week in Jan 2013.  Please attend at least one hearing and tell them to support increased funding for CILs and to protect consumer-run, peer-based services!

What Can Be Done To Restore Funding For CILs?

During the 2013 General Assembly Session, VACIL will ask state legislators to introduce budget amendments to restore CIL funding cuts. An appropriation of $306,866 will fully restore cuts and bring CILs back to their FY09 funding level. VACIL will also request additional funding which would total $862,463 to assist existing CILs and their satellites like LEND to improve and expand their services, permit 2 older satellites to become freestanding CILs, and create 4 new satellites in un-served areas.

IL Day at the General Assembly will be on January 30th, 2013. This is when advocates for disability issues go to the Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond to speak to their elected legislators about various disability issues, and to relate, personally, their own story about why that issue is important to them or to those for whom they are advocating.

The most immediate thing you can do is to take time to attend one of the public hearings held by our state legislators during the first week in January! The hearings we know of are: 

Regional Budget Hearing – Senate Finance/House Appropriations — Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. – GMU Pr. Wm. Campus – Hylton Performing Arts Ctr., 10900 University Blvd., Manassas. Speaker registration begins at 9 am. NOT accessible by public bus or MetroAccess. Driving directions: call 703-993-7550, press 2 & then 4.

Local Delegation Hearings

Fri., Jan 4, 2013 at 6-8 p.m. – Arlington Delegation, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., County Bd. Rm. (3rd Fl.) – Arrive by 5:30 p.m. to register to speak.

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 at 9 a.m. – Fairfax Delegation at the FFX County Govt. Ctr., 12000 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy., Fairfax, VA 22035 in the Board Auditorium — Call Clerk to BOS at 703-324-3151 for speaker # or sign up at door.

What Other Disability Issues Are Important This Year?

  • Preventing Medicaid waiver eligibility from being reduced from 300% SSI to 267% SSI in 2014, resulting in some people losing services;
  • Adding new ID/DD waiver slots to address growing wait lists;
  • Funding services to implement Olmstead Settlement Agreement; and
  • Supporting funds to ensure adequate instructional and other services so blind and vision impaired students to meet Standards of Quality.

For More Information, contact Doris at ECNV at 703-525-3268 x8006 or


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