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State human service leaders talked to an Illinois state Senate Committee about a recent trip to Missouri to study how they help developmentally disabled people to be independent.
Allison Stark with the Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities said Missouri was more “tech first,” which reduced the need for more personnel.
“They try to use technology first before looking at other supports including staffing,” she said.
The department estimated about 10,000 Illinoisans with disabilities that have or want independent housing options.
Stark said technology such as sensors on ovens and simple key fobs could allow people to live without an expensive in-house caretaker.
“We have a staffing crisis here in Illinois and this would really help alleviate some of those things,” she said.
Lawmakers sounded optimistic that the state could adopt similar innovations to save money.
Illinois operates under a number of court orders related to minimum standards of care for people with developmental disabilities.
(Copyright WBGZ Radio / www.AltonDailyNews.com)
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