Social Services Advisory Council (SSAC)


The Social Services Advisory Council (SSAC) was created in accordance to P.A. 87685 (305 ILCS 5/124.20d) to advise the Department of Human Services regarding all aspects of assistance delivered or contracted for by the Department. The SSAC will advise and assist in the development of policy for the Department regarding the range of its programs. The SSAC may also serve in a consultative role to discuss proposed changes and to improve service delivery and performance in all areas. The SSAC shall also assist and advise the Department on provider and community issues that have been brought to its attention by constituents, working always to keep the Department and communities at an open and effective level of communication.

Council Requirements

Training Requirements

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Committees of the SSAC


Regular meetings of the SSAC shall be held at least quarterly. All meetings are open to the public as prescribed in the Illinois Open Meetings Act.


The SSAC is comprised of 30 voting members which may include a balanced representation of clients, service providers, local governmental units, community and welfare advocacy groups, academia and the general public.

Initially, the Secretary shall appoint 15 members to 2 year terms and 15 members to 4 year terms. All members appointed thereafter shall serve 4 year terms.

Member Photo Organization Appointment Expiration Date
Dayo Adenekan Dayo Adenekan CILA Corporation January 1, 2024
Mary Camper Mary Camper Reestablishing Hope January 1, 2024
Carlene Cardosi Carlene Cardosi Rosecrance January 1, 2024
Maria Joy Ferrera Maria Joy Ferrera DePaul University January 1, 2024
AJ French AJ French Gift of Voice January 1, 2025
Ireta Gasner Ireta Gasner Start Early (formerly the Ounce of Prevention Fund) January 1, 2024
Christa Hamilton Christa Hamilton UCAN January 1, 2025
Angie Hampton - Vice Chair Angie Hampton Egyptian Health Department January 1, 2024
Barbara Harris-Woodward Barbara Harris Katalyst J Group January 1, 2025
Mike Inman Mike Inman Mayor, City of Macomb January 1, 2024
Niya Kelly Niya Kelly Chicago Coalition for the Homeless January 1, 2024
Yesenia Lopez Yesenia Lopez Cook County, Office of Commissioner Alma Anaya January 1, 2024
Dr. Dan Lustig Dr. Dan Lustig Haymarket Center January 1, 2024
Jodi Martin Jodi Martin Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County / Prairie Central January 1, 2025
Bela Mote Bela Mote Carole Robertson Center for Learning January 1, 2024
Dulce Ortiz Dulce Ortiz Mano a Mano Family Resource Center January 1, 2024
Debbie Pavick Debbie Pavick Thresholds January 1, 2024
Sylvia Puente Sylvia Puente Latino Policy Forum January 1, 2024
Frances Reyes Frances Reyes The Center for Prevention of Abuse January 1, 2024
Jeremy Rosen Jeremy Rosen Shriver Center on Poverty Law January 1, 2024
Itedal Shalabi Itedal Shalabi Arab American Family Services January 1, 2024
Loren Simmons Loren Simmons YWCA - Metropolitan Chicago January 1, 2024
Sandy Tiania Sandy Tiania Healthcare Service Corporation January 1, 2025

IDHS Administrative Support

SSAC Administrative Contact: Clare Fisher -

Ethics Officer Contact Information:

Legislative Liaison Contact Information: Taneka Jennings -