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
      600 East Ash, Building 400, Mail Stop 2 South
      Springfield, IL 62703

  2. 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 adults with developmental disabilities to services.

  3. You are required to obtain a National Provider Identification Number (NPI) for services.

    Please see web site on National Provider Identification Number 

  4. You must submit the following documents, Encrypted to Janene.VanBebber@illinois.gov or this address:

    Illinois Department of Human Services
    Division of Developmental Disabilities
    600 East Ash, Building 400, Mail Stop 3
    Springfield, IL 62703

    Attention:  Provider Enrollment

    • your IRS W-9  (Please See Guidelines for assistance)
    • A copy of your Child Welfare license and Group License 

    Note:  Your IRS W-9 must be certified by the Illinois Office of the Comptroller before beginning your application in the IMPACT system.

  5. You must submit a provider enrollment application in the IMPACT system  to enroll as a DD Medicaid Waiver provider.

    Note:  Your provider enrollment type for the IMPACT system will be Facility, Agencies and Organizations (FAO).  Please see more information on the IMPACT system and a PowerPoint Presentation on FAO

  6. When you have individuals who have chosen you for services, you must submit the forms below, Encrypted to Janene.VanBebber@illinois.gov or to the address in #4 above:

    Completion of the provider enrollment forms does not guarantee you will be approved for funding.

  7. 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
    600 East Ash, Building 400, Mail Stop 2 North
    Springfield, IL  62703

    Attention:  DSP/QIDP Training Programs

Important Resources for Program Requirements