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SPRINGFIELD –Care will be more tailored to the needs of patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia thanks to a new initiative sponsored by Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) in conjunction with the Alzheimer's association.

“Currently, caregivers are not required to be trained on how to care for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s,” Fine said. “This needs to change so that people living with these conditions will have access to best care possible to address their specific needs.”

 Over 230,000 people in Illinois are living with Alzheimer’s. Many take part in the Community Care Program, which allows seniors with or without these conditions to receive in-home and community-based service from their own homes. Employees that provide this service are currently required to complete 12 to 24 hours of training, but training specific to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients is optional.

 Fine’s measure would require employees and contractors with the Department of Aging Service who provide direct service to individuals in the Community Care program to complete at least two hours of training on Alzheimer’s and dementia prior to the start of their employment. Fine believes that condition-specific training is essential to ensuring adults living with these conditions are able to be cared for and better understood.

 “Many types of care for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia are simply not covered in generalized training,” Fine said. “I am hopeful that this measure will provide training that explores medical and sensitivity issues related to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients to give them the quality care that they deserve.”

 Senate Bill 3707 passed the Healthcare Access and Availability committee today. It now goes to the Senate floor for further deliberation.

 

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SPRINGFIELD – Following Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget address, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is optimistic that the state will increase its investment for essential mental health care.

 “In these unprecedented times, many are facing new or worsening mental health concerns,” Senator Fine said. “It is vital that we prioritize making mental health care more accessible and higher quality for those with existing mental health needs in our budget.”

 The governor’s budget proposal includes $70 million in funding of the 9-8-8 mental health hotline. Senator Fine’s initiative created a fund to maintain the hotline in Illinois, which will go live in July. The program is reliant by the state for resources to hire caseworkers, operators, and provide training to ensure the hotline is a high-quality resource, making funding for the program crucial.

 “The 9-8-8 hotline will provide vital support to people in crisis,” Fine said. “I am glad that the governor is prioritizing mental health care accessibility by proposing to fund this life-saving service.”

The proposed budget also invests millions of dollars into the mental health workforce.  In addition, to help increase the number of people in the healthcare workforce, it also waives fees for licensing for hundreds of thousands of providers.

 Senator Fine is looking forward to advocating for mental health care with her colleagues and the governor in budget negotiations.

 

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State Senator Laura FineSPRINGFIELD – State Senators Laura Fine (D-Glenview) and Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the West Rogers Park Jewish community suffered a series of targeted attacks over the weekend:

“This kind of hate is appalling and unacceptable anywhere, let alone in our own backyard.

“Illinois must live up to its commitment of being a welcoming state and prioritize protecting our most targeted neighbors. With hate crimes reaching the highest point in over a decade, Jewish and other diverse communities are in need of safe spaces to come together.

“To that end, we have introduced legislation to fully fund the Non-profit Security Grant Program so that the religious institutions, schools and support providers that serve marginalized communities have the necessary resources to protect their neighbors.”

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Construction workersEVANSTON – The Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse is set to receive more than $500,000 to diversify pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction industry, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) announced Thursday.

“Women and people of color across Illinois are consistently underrepresented in the construction trades,” Senator Fine said. “Investing more than half a million dollars in diversifying the workforce at the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse will open the door for so many in our community.”

The mission of the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse is to invest in our communities by reusing building materials, reducing construction waste, and training, supporting and connecting people seeking careers in the building trades. They will receive $535,514 to increase diversity in the construction industry.

Funded by the Illinois Works Jobs Program Act as part of Rebuild Illinois, this program aims to open doors to career opportunities in the construction and building trades. Grantees will be offered structured pathways to help graduates transition from the pre-apprenticeship program to a full apprenticeship program in construction and building trades. A total of $9.6 million has been awarded to 23 organizations throughout Illinois that will provide pre-apprenticeship training and wraparound supportive services to more than 1,000 participants.

“The construction industry should be equitable and accessible, and we’re working to break down barriers,” Senator Fine said. “This commitment to supporting pre-apprenticeship programs for our historically underrepresented communities will help us create a stronger and more diverse workforce across Illinois.”

More information on Illinois Works can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website.

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