about IDHS

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

about DHSThe Department of Human Services is one of Illinois' largest agencies, with more than 13,000 employees.

Illinois created IDHS in 1997, to provide our state's residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.

IDHS is proud of its diversity, efficiency, and the services that the agency and its community partners provide to Illinois citizens.

Our vision, mission, core values, and motto define what we stand for and believe in.

Our vision defines what we aspire towards.

Our mission statement defines what we are here to do.

Our core values are the guiding principles that shape our behavior and actions.

Our motto helps guide us, putting our mission and values into action every day.

Our Vision

Healthy, independent people of Illinois living in safe, strong communities

Our Mission

Strengthening Illinois by building up lives and communities

Our Core Values

Our core values are timeless. They were created by identifying what makes DHS successful - and what will help us continue to be successful in helping the people and communities we serve. Our core values are:

  • Human Dignity
  • Teamwork
  • Learning
  • Integrity

Our Motto

Committed to treating people the way we wish to be treated

The Illinois Department of Human Services Vision, Mission, Motto, and Values (pdf)

More Information

  • Rules and Policy - Up to date documents that govern the delivery of human services.
  • For IDHS, the State of Illinois is divided into 5 regions. Use this DHS Regional Map to view your regions.

DHS Office Locator

DHS Help Line

  • 1-800-843-6154 or Email Us
  • 1-866-324-5553 TTY

Events

9/28-
10/31
Purple Lightbulbs
10/1 Turn the Fountain Purple
10/1 Sharing of Poetry and Art
10/1 Parking Lot Vigil
10/1 Dine Out Event
10/1 DV Month Kick-Off Rally
10/1 Take Action for Change Meeting
10/1 Light Up the Lakefront
10/1-
10/31
Wear Purple on Thursday
10/1-
10/31
Pink and Purple Ribbon Giveaway
10/1-
10/31
Facts VS Myths on DV
10/1-
10/31
Signs and Effects of DV
10/1-
10/12
Silent Witnesses
10/1-
10/31
Light in the Window Campaign
10/1-
10/31
Social Media Fundraising
10/1-
10/31
Purple Ribbon Campaign
10/1-
10/31
Clothesline Project
10/1-
10/31
Purple Ribbon Campaign
10/1-
10/31
Purple Ribbons and Lights Around Town
10/1-
10/31
Social Media Inspirational Message
10/1-
10/31
Creat Art on Canvase
10/1-
10/31
Paint Rocks Purple
10/1-
10/31
Light the Courthouse Purple
10/1-
10/31
Radio Speaking on DV Awareness
10/1-
10/31
Silent Witnesses
10/1-
10/31
Used Cell Phone Drop Off
10/1-
10/31
Beauty Brand 2019 End Abuse Program
10/1-
10/31
Clothesline Project
10/1-
10/31
Social Media Campaign
10/1-
10/31
Wear Purple on Wednesdays
10/2 Rock Painting Party
10/3 In Her Shoes Interactive Exercise
10/3 Walk and Rally
10/3 Will County Take Back the Night
10/3 Discussing Domestic Violence in the Arab and Muslim Community
10/3 Stand Up for Sojourn: A Good Act to Follow
10/3 Candlelight Vigil
10/3 Annual Candlelighing Ceremony
10/3 Tie Purple Ribbons to the Trees Along Michigan Avenue
10/4 Annual Vigil
10/4 Neighborhood March and Rally
10/4 Dine Out for DV
10/5 DV Information Booth
10/5 Empowerment Walk
10/5 Domestic Violence Walk at Lake Katherine
10/5 Allstate and Community Volunteers for DVAM
10/6 Apna Ghar's Stride Against Violence 5K
10/6-
10/27
Educational Presentations Regarding Domestic Violence
10/7 Screening of movie, Broken Vows
10/7-
10/15
Sheridan Prison Presentation
10/8 An Evening of Art, Drinks, and Community Education on our Healing Program
10/8 Discussion with Parents About Healthy Relationships for Their Kids/Teens
10/9 Painting Pumpkins Purple
10/9 Dine Out for DV
10/9 Take Back the Night
10/9 Memorial Service for Victims
10/9 Candlelight Vigil
10/9 Come Out and Share Your Story
10/10 Wear Pink or Purple to School
10/10 Create Art to Honor Those Affected
10/10 Tie Purple Ribbons to the Trees at the St. Francis Hospital
10/10 Facebook Live Discussion
10/10 Open House at Mason County Office
10/10 Rally & March
10/10 Spotlight on… The Science of Healing
10/10 Walk Against Domestic Violence
10/10 "Gaslight" Screening and Panel Discussion
10/10 Candlelighing Ceremony
10/11 Orland Park Prayer Center
10/12 Yoga
10/12 Meet Us at the Market
10/12 Dog Walk
10/14 Discussion with Officers Over Ice Cream
10/14 Candle Light Vigil
10/14 Discussion with Parents About Healthy Relationships for Their Kids/Teens
10/15 Painting and Stamping
10/15 Create Art to Honor Those Affected
10/15 Discussion with Parents About Healthy Relationships for Their Kids/Teens
10/15 Candlelighing Ceremony
10/16 Discussion with Parents About Healthy Relationships for Their Kids/Teens
10/17 A Professional Development Training
10/17 Dine Out for DV
10/17 Decorating Cupcakes for a Cause
10/17 Formal Dinner
10/17 Integrating Personal Narrative and Social Critique, "Am I Man Enough"?
10/17 Discussion with Parents About Healthy Relationships for Their Kids/Teens
10/18 Entertaining Night Out for DV
10/18 Purple Out the Stadium
10/19 Meet Us at the Market
10/19 Black Tie Fundraising Gala
10/19 Unmask the Violence: Threads of Healing Gala
10/19-
10/20
2 Day Faith-Based Event
10/21 DIY Purple Scrubers and Bath Bombs
10/21 "Gaslight" Screening and Panel Discussion
10/21 Discussion with Parents About Healthy Relationships for Their Kids/Teens
10/22 Clothesline Project
10/22 Dine Out for DV
10/22 Donut Let Love Hurt
10/23 Clothesline Project
10/23 "Hands Around the Courthouse"
10/23 Insight on Teen Dating Violence
10/24 Documentary Screening at AAFS
10/24 Open House at Fulton County Office
10/24 Candle Light Vigil
10/24 Discussion with Parents About Healthy Relationships for Their Kids/Teens
10/24 Painting Party
10/24 Silence Hides Violence: A Survivor's Journey
10/24 Candlelighing Ceremony
10/25 Clothesline Project
10/25 It's Time to Talk Workshop
10/25 Annual Bowling Fundraiser
10/26 Half Marathon
10/28 Paint it Purple
10/28 Silent Witness Project
10/28 Awareness Rally
10/29 Training for the Faith Community on DV
10/29 Candlelighing Ceremony
10/29-
10/30
Boo DV
10/31 What Love Looks Like
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