DEERFIELD, IL – State Senator Julie Morrison, Chair of the Illinois General Assembly’s Special Needs caucus, expressed frustration over Governor Rauner’s veto of legislation (HB4351) that would have protected seniors and people with disabilities. The bill legislatively kept the determination of need (DON) score threshold low. The DON score determines how much state aid seniors and individual with disabilities can receive. The minimum score to receive aid is currently set by administrative rule, and the governor previously raised the minimum, excluding many vulnerable people from receiving aid.

“This community deserves our constant support,” said State Senator Julie Morrison. “Changes or interruption in services can lead to a major disruption of any sense of normalcy to an individual and their family. Keeping the minimal threshold lower is not only cost efficient, but beneficial to individuals who can receive aid in their home and community rather that a nursing home or institution.”

This score is calculated by a number of factors, such as how much help is needed with daily tasks. The higher the score, the greater the need. Advocates have said that raising the score would leave approximately 10,000 people with disabilities and 24,000 seniors without help. The current minimal threshold is a 29. Rauner had wanted to raise it to 37 but chose to reverse the decision last November after discussion with lawmakers.

Julie Morrison is running for State Senate in the 29th Legislative District. Morrison is a leader in field of child welfare and a strong advocate of fiscal responsibility and ethical government.