Beacon, Inc

Providing day program, residential and home based support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities, community-based mental health services to individuals with mental illness and enrichment programs for preschool aged children.

“People with developmental disabilities have special needs, 

but their basic needs are the same as everyone else’s.  

The need to have a home, learn useful, relevant skills; work; and develop and sustain relationships with people they care about and who care about them.”  

-Author Unknown


The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. operates on the principle that all people with developmental disabilities and mental illness have:
  • strengths, abilities and value to their community,
  • the constitutional, civic and moral right to  live, work, play and worship in the safe and healthy community of their choice, and,
  • must be treated with dignity and respect.

The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. is committed to providing services that empower people with disabilities, and their families, to make informed choices regarding life decisions.

The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. will support the families of persons served by acting as an advocate in the community and provide them with leadership, compassion and respect.

The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. will continue to strive for excellence in service delivery, enabling people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential and insuring the future of the organization for generations to come. 


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The Rockin' Tater Show was here to help entertain us at our Beacon Prom on Thursday, July 12th.  Everyone had a wonderful time with music and dancing, beautiful dresses, great snacks and punch.  We even crowned our King and Queen!  

Thank You for your Support

May 30, 2018


Earlier this afternoon a 1,200+ page appropriations amendment was filed to HB 109 in the Senate, and was later presented to the Senate Appropriations I Committee in a Subject Matter Hearing (along with the BIMP, which appears to be HB 3342) as the FY19 budget.  The product of several weeks of bipartisan negotiations, the budget package includes $1.13 billion in FY18 supplemental spending (all funds) and $38.5 billion in spending for FY19.  Key spending highlights include:

$31 million for a $0.50/hr wage increase for DSPs.  This will mean a $1.25/hr increase in DSP wages authorized over the last two budgets;
$21 million for annualized and new Ligas placements;
Targeted mental health Medicaid rate add-ons put in place permanently;
Preservation of the 3% mental health rate increase into FY19 (the Governor's proposed budget would’ve pulled this back);
$5 million increase in the federal Mental Health Block Grant;
Preservation of the $1 million investment in addiction treatment into FY19 (the proposed budget would’ve pulled this back);
3% rate increase for Medicaid and non-Medicaid substance use treatment services;
$18 million in new federal funds to address the opioid crisis;
Restoration of dental services eliminated a few years ago in the SMART Act;

Fun Times at Strawberry Festival

Community integration is the name of the game!  We want everybody to have the opportunity to get out into their local neighborhoods and community events to provide enriching activity and the benefit of being known by others not paid to care for them.  

I hope you see the folks we serve everywhere you go - festivals, parades, restaurants, shopping, ball games and parks. 

Have a fun and safe summer!

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Direct Support Professionals (DSP's) are the heart and soul of our organization, working directly with individuals with intellectual disabilities on a daily basis.  Our DSP's are employed at our agency for services to individuals in their residential home and day program.  This means that we have DSP's working around the clock providing care while individuals are in their own home, assisting with skills that many of us take for granted, such as dressing and grooming, preparing meals and accessing the community.  While individuals are attending a day program, they may be learning vocational skills or job readiness activities, such as following instructions, communication and interpersonal skills. 

Each of our DSP's have been through over 140 hours of specific training related to their employment.  This includes classroom and on-the-job training, basic health and safety skills and medication administration.  DSP's implement a person-centered treatment plan for each individual, providing consistent programming throughout the day and evening hours.  DSP's work as part of an interdisciplinary team at the agency.  This team of professionals see that the individual is provided with quality services to meet the personal goals and preferences of the individual.  One of the most important jobs of a DSP is to get to know each person that they provide services to.  By getting to know a person's personal preferences, to know what is important to each individual, helps the DSP be an advocate for the individual, supporting what is important to them.

We can not thank our DSP's enough for the professionalism and enthusiasm that they bring to their jobs.  EVERY DAY!   

Purpose Statement of The Moultrie County Beacon

We, the Moultrie County Beacon, work together to create

a workplace environment where we demonstrate

honesty, dedication, respect, patience, and understanding.

We provide an innovative and positive atmosphere

for employees that is trusting, uplifting, and rewarding.

Because of this, we celebrate.  Every Day.

--Written together by dedicated employees

of the Moultrie County Beacon on June 22, 2017


State of Illinois Budget Crisis

Their full title is Direct Support Professional, and their work is challenging, rewarding, necessary and underappreciated.  The Moultrie County Beacon currently employs 86 trained and certified DSP’s who provide supports ranging from daily personal care (eating, grooming and dressing) to teaching essential skills and attending to complex medical needs for adults with developmental disabilities.   DSP’s complete 153 hours of classroom and on-the-job training, criminal background checks and pre-employment and ongoing drug testing.  

Funding to pay DSP’s comes from mandated State of Illinois funds provided to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.  State payments to support DSP’s have remained stagnant for 10 years, even though the Consumer Price Index has increased by 14% over the same period.  Low wages mean that nearly half of Illinois DSP’s rely on some form of public benefits, despite working full time.  Low wages also result in high employee turnover creating upheaval in the lives of those who need a stable workforce.  In contrast, our state increased wages for personal assistants and support workers in the Community Care and Home Services Programs while workers caring for our developmentally disabled citizens go unnoticed.  

The Moultrie County Beacon has proclaimed October 17 – 21 “DSP Week” as a show of support and appreciation for the important work that they do.  Please join us in recognizing these caring, hardworking professionals who are the backbone of the service delivery system for people with developmental disabilities – and encourage our state leaders to do the same.  

Susan Rauch, Executive Director

Moultrie County Beacon, Inc.

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May we give forward

As you give to us

During our Fall Training Day, October 20th, 2017 during our DSP Appreciation Week, we had a presentation by United Way with an entertaining video presentation about the funding that is utilized in Moultrie County and a heartwarming story about the success for a young man who benefited from the generosity of donors.  Payroll deductions were explained and our DSP’s overwhelmingly responded by signing up to donate from their hard-earned pay.  It is said that those with the least, give the most, and with pay raises a distant memory, OUR FOLKS GAVE ANYWAY…….. And we couldn’t be more proud.  

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ILLINOIS Association 
of Rehabilitation Facilities

Since its incorporation, IARF has been the voice of human service organizations in government. In addition we have worked to provide agencies with individual consultation on issues that affect them specifically. IARF also commits itself to developing programs that return members’ investment of their dues.  Our purpose is clear, "To assist in the development and improvement of services in Illinois."
The Association represents nearly 80 member agencies providing services and supports in more than 900 locations across the state of Illinois from Galena to Karnak, Chicago to Metro East St. Louis, and Quincy to Danville. Our membership provides services and supports in 111 of 118 legislative districts representing a unique opportunity to shape public policy as our membership is active at the grassroots level.