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Individual Profile - Updated 10/01/16

Number Data
392 Current Census
49.6 Average age of persons served (21 - 75 age range)
70.2% Severe or Profound M.R. range
66.5% Have a behavior intervention program, often requiring higher
levels of staff supervision
58% Receive psychotropic medications

Location: Park Forest - Southern Cook County

The Elisabeth Ludeman Center is located on 60 acres in Park Forest.

The Center is divided into three (3) residential units comprised of 13-14 homes. Each unit has a centrally located Neighborhood House which has offices for the Unit Director, Social Worker, Unit Physician, Nursing Personnel, Personal Services Coordinators (QIDP's), Residential Services Supervisors and clerical personnel. The Ludeman Center also serves as an admission center for individuals having significant adaptive issues in the community-based setting. The Center has established the "Stepping Stones" Crisis Program, which consists of a team of professionals to address the emergent needs of those having significant issues in the community. The teams' main priority is to stabilize and ensure a successful transition back into the community.

Each of the 40 ranch-style homes has a kitchen, dining/living room area, utility room which contains a washer and dryer, two full and one half bathrooms, and five bedrooms.

Over one-half of the people who currently reside at the Ludeman Center attend vocational training programs at community training sites or workshops. The remainder of the people are served in on-campus day training programs. Currently, several individuals are working in a food service program and staff the Ludeman Café in cooperation with Southwest Community Services (SCS)/Charleston Transitional Facilities (CTF). SCS/CTF has also just started a housekeeping program at our facility employing about 5 individuals. Cornerstone Services employs a number of individuals in their Horticulture program at Ludeman where individuals help with a vegetable garden and greenhouse flowers. A number of individuals are also involved in the Center-wide recycling program in which they are able to earn money.

Finally, the Ludeman Center has opened its doors and shared space/services with the Illinois Department Of Transportation's District 1 South DBE Resource Center; as well as the Office of the Inspector General, Bureau of Civil Affairs, Bureau of Quality Management, and SODC Operations.