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Worker Well-Being Is Community Well-Being: Why the Human Service Workforce Needs a Living Wage

March 22, 2024

Insufficient reimbursement rates and inadequate state contracts impact the health and human services sector at every level. Previous Illinois Partners for Human Service research provides insight into how workforce stability is impacted by deficient funding, but a critical piece has been missing in the discourse. "Worker Well-Being is Community Well-Being: Why the Human Services Workforce Needs a Living Wage" fills that void by presenting new data through a lens rooted in the broader social and fiscal issues that shape our economy and is framed by the voices and experiences of people working on the frontline of services.  

Unwise and Unfair: Cuts and Late Payments Jeopardize Illinois Human Services Safety

October 21, 2011

Human services are essential supports that enhance the well-being and quality of life of people, families, and communities throughout Illinois. They affirm human dignity and avert more costly approaches to addressing individual and societal need. Such programs are among the wisest of public investments. The majority of human services provided in Illinois are delivered by organizations at the community level. The State's failure to provide timely payment to providers who are serving in this role is unfair, forcing providers, in effect, to serve as lenders to the state. As these survey results and data indicate, continued cuts and late payments are damaging Illinois' human services safety net with negative ripple effects throughout individual lives and local communities.

Cook County: Unwise and Unfair: Cuts and Late Payments Jeopardize Illinois Human Services Safety

October 21, 2011

Human services are essential supports that enhance the well-being and quality of life of people, families, and communities throughout Illinois. They affirm human dignity and avert more costly approaches to addressing individual and societal need. Such programs are among the wisest of public investments. The majority of human services provided in Illinois are delivered by organizations at the community level. The State's failure to provide timely payment to providers who are serving in this role is unfair, forcing providers, in effect, to serve as lenders to the state. As these survey results and data indicate, continued cuts and late payments are damaging Illinois' human services safety net with negative ripple effects throughout individual lives and local communities.

Northern Counties: Unwise and Unfair: Cuts and Late Payments Jeopardize Illinois Human Services Safety

October 21, 2011

Human services are essential supports that enhance the well-being and quality of life of people, families, and communities throughout Illinois. They affirm human dignity and avert more costly approaches to addressing individual and societal need. Such programs are among the wisest of public investments. The majority of human services provided in Illinois are delivered by organizations at the community level. The State's failure to provide timely payment to providers who are serving in this role is unfair, forcing providers, in effect, to serve as lenders to the state. As these survey results and data indicate, continued cuts and late payments are damaging Illinois' human services safety net with negative ripple effects throughout individual lives and local communities.

North-Central Counties: Unwise and Unfair: Cuts and Late Payments Jeopardize Illinois Human Services Safety

October 21, 2011

Human services are essential supports that enhance the well-being and quality of life of people, families, and communities throughout Illinois. They affirm human dignity and avert more costly approaches to addressing individual and societal need. Such programs are among the wisest of public investments. The majority of human services provided in Illinois are delivered by organizations at the community level. The State's failure to provide timely payment to providers who are serving in this role is unfair, forcing providers, in effect, to serve as lenders to the state. As these survey results and data indicate, continued cuts and late payments are damaging Illinois' human services safety net with negative ripple effects throughout individual lives and local communities.

South-Central Counties: Unwise and Unfair: Cuts and Late Payments Jeopardize Illinois Human Services Safety

October 21, 2011

Human services are essential supports that enhance the well-being and quality of life of people, families, and communities throughout Illinois. They affirm human dignity and avert more costly approaches to addressing individual and societal need. Such programs are among the wisest of public investments. The majority of human services provided in Illinois are delivered by organizations at the community level. The State's failure to provide timely payment to providers who are serving in this role is unfair, forcing providers, in effect, to serve as lenders to the state. As these survey results and data indicate, continued cuts and late payments are damaging Illinois' human services safety net with negative ripple effects throughout individual lives and local communities.

Southern Counties: Unwise and Unfair: Cuts and Late Payments Jeopardize Illinois Human Services Safety

October 21, 2011

Human services are essential supports that enhance the well-being and quality of life of people, families, and communities throughout Illinois. They affirm human dignity and avert more costly approaches to addressing individual and societal need. Such programs are among the wisest of public investments. The majority of human services provided in Illinois are delivered by organizations at the community level. The State's failure to provide timely payment to providers who are serving in this role is unfair, forcing providers, in effect, to serve as lenders to the state. As these survey results and data indicate, continued cuts and late payments are damaging Illinois' human services safety net with negative ripple effects throughout individual lives and local communities.