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


Tag Day to Support the Crisis Center
Clothesline Project
Clothesline Project
Purple Purse Raffle and Promotion
Paint Your Pinkie Purple
Purple Ribbons and Banner for October Run/Walk
Cupcakes Hy-Vee Foods of Canton
Purple Ribbons
CCSS D4A Fundraiser Promotion
Fulton County Art's Council Clothesline Display
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Purple Ribbon Campaign
Pet Contest
10/1 Light Up the Lakefront 2017
10/1 Domestic Violence Awareness Presentation
10/2 Ribbon Tying at Swedish Covenant Hospital
Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge
Purple Purse Challenge
10/2 Remember My Name Poem Reading and Candle Lighting
10/2 Domestic Violence 101
Domestic Violence Resource Tables and Information
10/2 Interfaith Prayer Vigil & Decorate
Allstate Purple Purse Campaign
10/3 The Clothesline Project and Info Table
10/3 City Proclamation-Charleston
10/3 Remember My Name Survivor Celebration
10/3 Ribbon Tying at St. Francis Hospital
10/4 Walk a Mile in her Shoes
10/4 Candlelight Vigil
10/4 Training: Victim and PAIP Services: Holistic Approach to Domestic Violence
Resource Table at Little Company of Mary Hospital
10/4 Remember My Name Art Project
10/4 Grundy County Take Back the Night
10/5 The Clothesline Project
10/5 Purple for a Purpose at Barcocina
10/5 Stand Up for Sojourn: A Good Act to Follow
10/5 Book Talk: Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
10/5 Remember My Name and Pamper Me Day!
10/5 In Her Shoes
10/5 Coats for Hope/Box Wrapping Day
10/5 Thanking Our Police Officers
10/6 Movie Showing "No Estas Sola"
10/6 Remember My Name Inspiration Day!
10/6 Counseling and Medical Advocacy Departments Giving Back to the Community
10/6 Paint the Town Purple
10/6 Women in Business Fall Networking Event
Wear Purple Friday's
Paint the Town Purple
10/7 Purple Purse Networking Breakfast
10/8 Participating Agency for Oregon's Autumn On 5K
10/8 Domestic Violence Awareness Presentation
10/9 Candlelight - Evening of Healing and Hope
10/10 "Educate Don't Tolerate"
10/11 Walk In Her Shoes
10/11 DV101 training and Silent Witness Initiative Exhibit
10/11 Survivors are encouraged to speak out about abuse and honor those that have lost their lives.
10/12 Book Talk: Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
10/12 Self-Advocacy 101
10/12 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Open House/Vigil
10/12 Domestic Violence Resource Tables and Information
10/12 4th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
10/12 Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health
10/14 10th Annual Walk for Hope
10/14 Gimme Shelter
10/14 Dance 4 Awareness
10/15 Stride against Violence 5k Run/walk
10/15 Samella Ramirez event
10/15 Will County Take Back the Night
10/17 #PurpleWalk
10/17 Lunch and Learn on Domestic Abuse Orders of Protection Grounds, Provisions, Consequences: Laws and Cases
10/17 Memorial Service for Victims of Domestic Violence
10/17 Music Trivia Night
10/17 Clothesline Project
10/18 Bringing Mystical Sufi Music to Modern Audiences:
10/18 Clothesline Project
10/18 Silent Witness Project
10/18 “Supporting a Survivor of Domestic Violence” Workshop
10/18 The Clothesline Project and Info Table
10/19 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Open House/Vigil
10/19 Fall Party for children
10/19 Challenges Faced by Immigrant Survivors
10/19 Panel Discussion On Intimate Partner Violence
10/19 Book Talk: Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
10/19 Glow Yoga
10/20 Poetry Night
10/20 Using art to heal from exposure and effects of domestic violence
10/21 Break the Silence - Unmask the Violence Gala
10/21 DV101 Training and Silent Witness Initiative Exhibit.
10/21 Cell Phone Drive
Voices and Faces Workshop
10/24 The Clothesline Project
10/24 March Against Domestic Violence
10/24 Don’t Look Away!
10/25 Central Illinois Women’s Bar Annual Sojourn Fundraiser
10/26 Legal Forum: Domestic Violence and Family Law
10/26 Annual Dinner
10/26 Library Awareness
10/26 Domestic Violence Rally and Candlelight Vigil
10/26 Take Back the Night Rally and March
10/26 Domestic Violence Vigil
10/27 Take Back the Night
10/28 Domestic Violence Community Awareness March
10/28 9th Annual Angels Against Abuse 5K Walk/Run Fundraiser
10/28 Domestic Violence Raising Awareness Walk
10/29 Free to Fly 10k Run and 5k Run/walk
10/30 Training to promote DV Awareness Month and DV101 in a medical setting
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