No Increase in HBS and FAP Allocations, Effective in January, 2016

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.
Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Information Bulletin
DD.15.70

No Increase in HBS and FAP Allocations, Effective in January, 2016
December, 2015

Purpose

In recent years, the Division of Developmental Disabilities has issued Information Bulletins near the end of the calendar year to inform participants and family members of changes to funding amounts in the Home-Based Support Services (HBS) and Family Assistance (FAP) Programs. Although there is not a change planned at this time, we thought it important to ensure everyone is aware of the situation.

Monthly and Annual Service Maximums

The Social Security Administration has announced that for calendar year 2016, there will be no rate increase for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) individual benefits. Because there will not be a rate increase in SSI, and because the HBS and FAP amounts are tied by State law to the SSI amounts, there will be no change in the monthly and annual maximum amounts for HBS and FAP at this time.

The HBS Program maximum amount for children ages 3 to 17, and young adults who are ages 18 through 21 and enrolled in a Special Education program, will remain at $1,466 per month. For those individuals who choose to use the flexible spending amount, the monthly maximum will remain at $2,932. The annual maximum amount will remain at $17,592.

The HBS Program maximum amount for adults ages 22 and older, and adults ages 18 through 21 who are no longer in Special Education, will remain at $2,199 per month. The annual maximum remains at $26,388.

The monthly cash stipend for families enrolled in the Family Assistance Program for Children with severe mental disabilities will remain at $733 per month.

Effective Date

This Information Bulletin reflects current policy and processes. If you have questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact Dave Adden at 217-524-0848 or Dave.Adden@Illinois.gov.