Developmental Disabilities Services

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

If you require any information in an alternative format, please contact Pamela.S.Baker@illinois.gov 



How Do I Apply?

The first and most important step you and your family can take to get help is to register with the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database.  To register, you must meet with a Pre-Admission Screening/Independent Service Coordination Agency (PAS/ISC) to see if you are eligible for services.

Search the DHS Office Locator for the PAS/ISC agency closest to you.

What Services May Be Available?

  • In-Home Supports - Services and supports that will help people with developmental disability live more independently in their home.
  • Other Supports - These may be available if you are already receiving services. 
  • Day Services - Skill training or job coaches to help you succeed in the workplace.
  • Residential Living Arrangements -  Throughout the state, there are many residential living options that provide 24-hour care in a variety of settings for children and adults who have a developmental disability.
  • Support Service Teams - On-site technical assistance and training for persons with a developmental disability.  This service is for persons with the most challenging medical or behavioral concerns.

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