What is it?

This residential program is available to participants of the Children's Residential Waiver and is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services to serve no more than 10 children per living arrangement.  Child Group Homes are designed as a structured environment, providing a range of habilitative and therapeutic services to children and adolescents who cannot reside in their own home.  These supports are individually tailored to assist with the acquisition, retention or improvement in skills related to living in the community.

How Do I Become A Provider?

  1. You must be licensed

    1. A person or organization applying for a Child Group Home license must first be licensed as a Child Welfare Agency with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). 
    2. After you are licensed as a Child Welfare Agency, you must call DCFS to request an enrollment packet: Central Office of Licensing - (217) 785-2688. You will then be assigned to one of the DCFS regional offices.
    3. You must have staff with required qualifications and training
    4. You must submit current copies of the DCFS Child Welfare Agency License and the Child Group Home License to:

      Illinois Department of Human Services
      Division of Developmental Disabilities
      Bureau of Community Reimbursement, POS Unit
      319 E. Madison, Suite 2K
      Springfield, IL 62701

  2. You must submit the following documents to DHS.DDDMedProv@illinois.gov or Janene.VanBebber@illinois.gov:

  3. Once you are licensed, you will be required to work with your Independent Service Coordination Agency/Pre-Admission Screening Agency (ISC/PAS). 

    • These agencies educate, refer, and link persons with developmental disabilities to services.
    • Completion of the provider enrollment forms does not guarantee you will be approved for funding.
  4. You must submit Direct Support Person (DSP) and Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) training programs for approval to:

    Illinois Department of Human Services
    Division of Developmental Disabilities
    Bureau of Quality Management
    319 E. Madison, Suite 4J
    Springfield, IL  62701

    Attention:  DSP/QIDP Training Programs

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