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Individual Profile

Number Data
54 Average age of persons served (21 - 65+)
69% Severe and Profound M.R. range
31% Mild and Moderate M.R. range
83% Have a behavior intervention program
44% Receive psychotropic medication

Location: Kankakee - Kankakee County

The Shapiro Center opened in 1974. In the 1970s, residential buildings were built and in the mid 1970s and 1980s other buildings were totally renovated and upgraded to comply with Federal CMS, Public Health, Federal Life Safety, and EPA requirements. The Shapiro Center has continued to maintain compliance with these standards and requirements.

The Shapiro Center serves as a residential and training center for people who have an intellectual disability. To address the reason of admission, the Center provides training and supports that are designed to assist persons served to function more independently The goal is for all individuals to be provided the supports necessary for them to live in the most integrated setting that can meet their needs.

The Shapiro Center pursued and achieved Federal certification for the Center by meeting Federal regulations for the care, support, and services provided for the individuals that the Center serves. The Shapiro Center has maintained continuous Federal certification status since 1975 as evidenced by achieving successful yearly inspections by Public Health and Federal surveyors. Federal certification status enables the Center to return to the State Treasury more than 50% of the Center's operating budget.

The Center also pursued and achieved National Accreditation in 1978 and, has maintained continuous accreditation by meeting stringent standards of excellence required for accreditation status.

Since its opening, the Shapiro Center has served as an admission center for individuals with an intellectual disability who have not been successful living at home or in a community setting. Depending upon the needs of an individual, admissions to Shapiro occur from all across the State of Illinois. In order to meet the needs of individuals served, the Shapiro Center ensures that a wide range of services are available for individuals including behavioral, medical, nursing, psychiatric, educational, vocational, and recreational services.

The Shapiro Center has 32 residential living areas, four on campus day training sites including one building which contains a high school regulation gym and swimming pool. In addition to on-campus programs individuals also attend four different off-campus day training sites.