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Advocacy/ Contact your Legislators
Updated October 2022 by the Illinois Respite Coalition
Toll-Free Statewide Respite Phone: 866-ILL-RESP or 866-455-7377
Fax: (224) 616-3054
Help advocate for state-funded respite care in Illinois
Respite Care is essential to maintaining families' lives across Illinois. Please do not allow so many caregivers of individuals with special needs go without respite service. The few dollars saved will certainly be realized in the quality of lives for far too many.
If you need help creating an argument for Respite Care, use the Telling Your Story App! It is free and available to all advocates who want assistance in preparing a statement to legislation. It is available here.
Contact your legislators
Some times in government, funding for Respite Care can be viewed as "non-essential" and this can threaten elimination of funding. It is important for the respite community to get the word out that Respite Care is a necessary part of the state budget and a necessary support to caregivers across the state.
If you are looking for more ways to get involved in legislation, or you simply want to get involved but don't know where to start, the Arc of Illinois is an amazing resource. The Arc of Illinois has an advocacy section on their website along with dedicated advocacy staff and key coalitions. To learn more about the Arc of Illinois and to find more ways to join advocacy efforts, click here to go to the Arc of Illinois website.