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[OCT. 30, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Reimbursement rates to providers in the state's Elder Abuse and Neglect Program are going up nearly 40 percent -- the first major increase since the program was created in 1991. The fiscal 2005 state budget provided for an additional $1.5 million for this purpose.

"Despite tough fiscal times, the safety and welfare of our older people come first," said Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson. "Thanks to efforts of the Coalition of Senior Protective Services, this rate increase will help ensure the availability of services to our state's most vulnerable elderly."

The rate increase for the Elder Abuse and Neglect Program, which became effective Oct. 1, was from $29.10 per hour to $40 per hour, a 37 percent increase.

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Elder abuse and neglect providers respond to reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation from seniors who live in the community. If abuse has occurred, the elder abuse provider works with the victims to reduce their risk of further abuse.

"While this doesn't cover the entire cost of the services that are provided, it is a step in the right direction in giving them an equitable rate," Johnson explained. "The bottom line is that we were able to give them an increase of nearly 40 percent -- a raise that was a long time coming."

[Illinois Department on Aging news release]

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