Family of [Child's Name]
City, State, Zip
Dear Sir or Madam:
We are pleased to inform you that your child has been selected to apply for the Children's and Young Adults' Home-Based Support Services (HBS) Program for developmental disability services through the State of Illinois. The selection came from the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database, which is now being used as the Division's official waiting list. You are now invited to contact your Individual Service Coordination (ISC) agency to submit an application to the State for services.
If not already completed, the ISC agency will work with you to conduct an eligibility determination for your child. Children must be found eligible for the Children's and Young Adult's HBS Program before an application can be submitted. If you are not found eligible, you will not be able to apply. In the event your child is found ineligible, you will be informed about appeal rights.
Through the Children's and Young Adults' HBS Program, your child can receive a variety of services, such as respite care, personal care, habilitation, and behavioral services. Your ISC agency can explain the options to you.
This letter inviting you to apply for services is valid for six months from the date of receipt of this letter. We hope that will give you and your ISC agency sufficient time to consider your options and submit an application. Please keep in mind the State will not pay for services until an award letter is issued.
In order to assist you, we have attached a checklist that will help you as you complete the steps in this process. If you are unsure of the contact information for your ISC agency, please call 1-888-DDPLANS during business hours and, when prompted by the recording, type in your ZIP Code. You will be connected with your local PAS/ISC office. The people there can find answers to your questions and help you through this process.
Greg Fenton, Director
Division of Developmental Disabilities
cc: ISC Agency