Persons in this category have requested services or supports, but by their own statement, their need for services is more than one year, but less than five (5) years away or their care giver is age 60 or older but only want services if something happens to the care giver.

Even though these individuals may have requested services or supports or have personal and/or family issues that make receiving services desirable, the urgency of need for services does not present itself at the level based on the criteria for the "Emergency Need" and "Critical Need" categories.

An example may be the presence of an aging care giver who, at the moment, is capable of continuing to provide care and wishes to continue doing so, but at some time in the near or distant future, may no longer be able to continue providing care. It is helpful to know about these situations and plan accordingly, even though the person/family does not have a critical need for services at the present time.

The criteria for the "Planning for Need" category include:

  • Person is eligible for services, is not currently in need of services, but will need services if something happens to care giver. This is appropriate for persons who are eligible for services but do not currently need services unless something happens such as the care giver(s) get ill, care giver(s) die, other family crises develop, etc. These situations can occur from one moment to the next (which would move the person to the emergency or critical need categories), but are not currently present.
  • Person lives in a large setting, and the person or the family has expressed a desire to move (or the state plans to move the person). This is appropriate for persons living in a large setting and the person/family wishes to move to another (perhaps smaller) setting or the state plans to move the person within the 1-5 years.
  • Person is dissatisfied with current residential services and wishes to move to a different residential setting. This is appropriate for those situations where the individual would like to move, but can manage for the time being.
  • Person wishes to move to a different geographic location in Illinois. Because service availability may vary in different areas of the state, a person desiring to move to another part of the state may have more service options.
  • Person currently lives in out-of-home residential setting and wishes to live in own home. This is appropriate where the person prefers to live in his/her own home, rather than in a funded residential setting.
  • Person currently lives in out-of-home residential setting and wishes to return to parent's home and parents concur. This is appropriate when the person wishes to return home, yet may need supports to do so.
  • Person is receiving supports for vocational or other structured activities and wants and needs increased supports to retire. This would be appropriate for individuals who will need supports at home to take the place of a day activity.
  • Person or care giver needs increased supports. This is appropriate where the person/care giver has expressed a desire for increased support services but there is not an emergency or critical need for these services.
  • Person is losing eligibility for Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) support within 1-5 years. This is appropriate for persons who currently are receiving funding, services, or a placement through DCFS but for whom this eligibility will terminate within the next 1-5 years due to the age of the individual.
  • Person is losing eligibility for Early, Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) support within 1-5 years. This is appropriate for persons who currently are receiving funding, or services through the EPSDT program (well-child screening and services for individuals under age 21 including those who are parents), but for whom this eligibility will be terminating within the next 1-5 years primarily due to the age of the individual.
  • Person is losing eligibility for Medically Fragile/Technology Dependent Children's Waiver supports within the next 1-5 years. This is appropriate for persons who currently are receiving funding for a placement through this waiver, but for whom this eligibility will be terminating within the next 1-5 years due to the age of the individual.
  • Person is losing eligibility for Individual Care Grant supports through the mental health system within the next 1-5 years. This is appropriate for persons who currently are receiving funding for a services or a placement, but for whom this eligibility will be terminating within the next 1-5 years due to the age of the individual.
  • Person is residing in an out-of-home residential setting and is losing funding from the public school system within the next 1-5 years. This is appropriate for persons who currently are receiving funding for a placement through the public school system, but for whom funding for this placement will be terminating within the next 1-5 years due to the age of the individual.
  • Other. If there are reasons not indicated above for placing the person in this category. Please check this option and explain the circumstances present