The Determination of Need (DON) score was brought up during a House Human Services Committee Hearing Wednesday.

The DON Score is used to determine whether an individual qualifies for state-funded services through the Department of Rehabilitation Home Services Program.

State Representative Greg Harris presented legislation before the committee despite Gov. Rauner vetoing an identical bill months earlier and making a deal with Democrats to not change the score.

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Harris said he believes the bill is important because seniors, people with disabilities and people who live in supportive living need assurance that their services will not be reduced.

Republican members of the committee questioned why the bill was being reintroduced.

State Representative Patricia Bellock said she was surprised to see the bill since the governor withdrew plans to cut state funding for programs using DON calculations last November.

“I understand what you are saying, but I am going back to regarding the word of the governor when he withdrew that, which I think was a major effort to work with you and everybody else on that issue,” Bellock said.

State Representative Tom Demmer asked Harris what had changed about the current bill.

In response to committee members questioning why the bill was being reintroduced, Harris said he believes seniors, people with disabilities and people who live in supportive living need assurance that their services will not be reduced.

“I still think it is important to give the seniors and people with disabilities and people who live in supportive living some assurance that the status quo will be maintained,” Harris said.

 

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