Revisions to Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) Manual and Enrollment Tool

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Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Information Bulletin

Revisions to Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS)
Manual and Enrollment Tool
November, 2015


The purpose of this Informational Bulletin is to notify Division of Developmental Disabilities stakeholders throughout the service delivery system of changes to the Manual for the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database, as well as the PUNS Enrollment tool.


The changes to the Manual are the result of recommendations by the Life Choices Team 3 Committee. The modification to the Enrollment tool is being made as a result of discussions surrounding the Ligas Consent Decree.

Process and Procedures

Attached are two documents that reflect the PUNS Manual changes and modified PUNS Enrollment Tool (docx) The changes will be incorporated into the Manual and its attachments. Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agencies are hereby instructed to review these changes and adopt them into their internal agency procedures. The Division is hosting an informational session on this topic via phone conference for ISC agencies on February 2, 2016.

Effective Date

The requirements in this Information Bulletin are effective on March 1, 2016, in order to give ISC agencies time to implement the use of the modified form and practices.  For new requirements regarding closing records in connection with annual updates, those requirements are effective March 1, 2016, for annual updates coming due on May 1, 2016, or later.ISC agencies may choose to implement some or all of the changes prior to March 1, 2016.