Home-Based Support Services Information including Service Facilitation Changes

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History and Overview

The Division of Developmental Disabilities convened a stakeholder workgroup to review the Home Based Services (HBS) program and make recommendations to update and improve the service to align with federal regulations and ensure a person centered planning process. The group was comprised of advocates, family members, Independent Service Coordination agencies, Membership Associations, and Division staff. The workgroup first met on 7/12/16 and identified issues from all stakeholders' perspectives in regards to the Home Based Services program. Subcommittees were formed in the following areas: Service Facilitation, Data, Guidelines/Oversight, and System Issues. These subcommittees met through August and September and made recommendations related to their subgroup. Final recommendations were submitted to the Division in October of 2016. Additional meetings were held in December and January with committee members and Division Senior Management Staff to clarify and discuss recommendations. There is a link to the final recommendations and the Division's response posted below. There will be additional updates and documents posted as they become available.

HBS Public Recommendations Final


The Division is changing the name of Service Facilitation. It is officially known in the Waiver(s) as Information and Assistance in Support of Participant Direction. In Illinois, we will be referring to it as Self Direction Assistance (SDA).