This acronym stands for Intermediate Care Facility (ICF). An ICF is a nursing home designation that identifies the need for some supervision and nursing care for the resident(s). The letters MR after ICF, as in ICF/MR, indicates that the ICF resident
is developmentally disabled (mentally retarded).
This acronym stands for Individual Development Account. An IDA is a trust account established by or for a TANF client or low-income person at risk
of becoming dependent on TANF assistance. Money in an IDA may only be used for specific purposes.
The Illinois Link system is an electronic delivery system of a client's cash and food stamp benefits. Clients access benefits using the Illinois Link card that is similar to a bank card.
Inadvertent Household Error (IHE)
Overpaid FS are classed as an Inadvertent Household Error (IHE) when there is no proof that the error is an Intentional Program Violation (IPV) and there is no proof that the overpayment was caused by agency error (AE),
or the FS unit received the overpayment because benefits stayed at the old level while they were waiting for an appeal decision, or there is proof that the error was an IPV but the overpayment was made before any current
IPV conviction or hearing waiver.
Income is money or payment received by a benefit unit. It is one of the financial factors used to determine eligibility and the benefit amount. Earned income is wages or salary received for services performed as an employee or from
self-employment. Unearned income is from a source other than from work. Examples of unearned income are Social Security, unemployment insurance payments, investments, etc.
Income-averaging is a process for converting a weekly or bi-weekly income or expense to a monthly amount.
income in kind
Income received by, or paid on behalf of, a person in a form other than money.
income maintenance (IM)
Income maintenance (IM) refers to the activities related to ongoing management of a case after it is approved for benefits. IM staff are responsible for determining ongoing eligibility and benefit amount. They are responsible for making adjustments to
a case when a change occurs.
A process whereby support payments are automatically withheld from income. Most withholding is done by an employer who takes the money from the noncustodial parent's wages or salary. DCSE also collects unemployment insurance benefits and military pay
through the withholding process.
INS is the abbreviation for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The INS is the federal agency responsible for admitting noncitizens into the U.S., issuing identification papers to noncitizens, and keeping records of noncitizens admitted
to the U.S.
Intake refers to Family Community Resource Center activities involved with processing initial applications for benefits. Intake includes responding to inquiries about the application process, determining an applicant's eligibility for benefits, determining benefit
amount, and identifying applicants' service needs.
Intentional Program Violation (IPV)
An Intentional Program Violation (IPV) happens when a client does not tell the truth or misleads DHS about any facts that affect FS eligibility, or violates FS policy on the legal use of coupons.
Cases where the child support client lives in Illinois and the noncustodial parent lives in another state (initiating) or cases where the child support client lives in another state and the noncustodial parent lives in Illinois (responding).
Loss of interest in property by other than choice of the person who has title to it. This might occur because of foreclosure, a tax sale, etc.
IPACS is the acronym for the Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Communication System. This computer management information system provides a mechanism for processing information and updates to cases. The main source document from which information is entered is Form
IPE stands for initial prorated entitlement. An IPE is issued when the first benefit check is for part of a payment month. The IPE represents prorated payment for the number of days of the first month for which the applicant is determined
The Agency that administers the TANF program. In Illinois it is the Department of Human Services (DHS).
The organizational unit that administers the child support program. In Illinois, it is the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), through the Division of Child Support Enforcement.
The child support program in accordance with the provisions of Title IV-D of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 651 et seq.). Each state is required to provide child support services.