The Support Services Teams (SST) began receiving referrals on August 16, 2010. In the subsequent year through August 30, 360 referrals were made to the SSTs.  See the geography of each team.The referrals and closures during this time period are shown by Team below:

Team Referrals, Closures and Active through 8/30/2011

Name of Team Referrals Closures Active
Rockford 60 37 23
Chicago 62 29 33
New Lenox 64 18 48
Peoria 68 26 42
Springfield 53 28 25
Carbondale 53 26 27
TOTAL 360 164 196

Closures are made after services are provided, the person's behavior or medical needs are less frequent or less severe, and the provider or family has new skills, behavior plans or clinical services to help.

Policies and procedures were put in place with our child serving partners to accept referrals of children younger than 18 effective May 23rd. Ten children younger than 18 were referred to SST in the first year.

Of the 360 persons referred to SST during this first year:

  • 65% were male and 35% were female.
  • The majority were in a CILA (63%), with 18% at family home (not receiving residential supports), and 13% in an ICFDD. There were a few persons in other settings, such as child group home, community living facility, and nursing facility.
  • The most common of the 15 reasons for referral was physical aggression (77%). Other common reasons were: other behavioral concerns (46%); verbal aggression (45%); property destruction (42%); and self abuse (38%). Although medical concerns were included in reasons for referral for 28% of the persons referred; 2% of the persons referred were for medical reasons alone.
  • The 297 persons who were receiving residential supports were from 127 different providers.
  • Most people referred (42%) were in the 25-44 age category, with 28% being in the 18-24 age category, and 25% in the 45 to 64 age range. Three percent of the referrals were for children younger than 18 and 2% were 65 or older.
  • During the first year, 36 persons referred to SST were admitted to a State Operated Developmental Center (SODC) for a short-term intervention. As of August 30, 2012, 29 of these remained. Sixty-five percent of these persons are stable and waiting for their provider to make arrangements necessary for the person to return or waiting for a new provider to agree to serve. Five of these persons left the SODC in September and October.