Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois climbed 213,149 cases (344,022 persons) in November 2020 from November 2019. Aided cases numbered 1,993,254 (3,228,836 persons) in November 2020, up 11.97% from year-earlier totals.
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Total TANF Benefits: There were 28,204 TANF cases (75,926 persons) in November 2020, up 89 cases and 408 persons from October 2020. The caseload was 28.03% higher than the November 2019 total.
- TANF-Basic: In November 2020, TANF-Basic (primarily single-parent) families increased, from October 2020, by 84 cases (413 persons) for a total of 26,769 cases (69,457 persons).
- Two-Parent Cases: Two-parent cases increased in November 2020 by 5 (down 5 persons) from October 2020 for a total of 1,435 cases (6,469 persons).
- Approvals: There were 1,373 assistance approvals this month, including 565 new grants (down 152 since October 2020) and 183 reinstatements (down 48 since October 2020). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.
- TANF Cancelled due to earnings: In November 2020 there were 128 cases cancelled due to earnings from new employer or increased earnings from an existing employer.
- Total Grant amount: $12,028,545 was the total in November 2020. This is $687,796 less than the total in October 2020. November 2020 shows a 35.41% increase from November 2019.
Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)
The total number of November 2020 AABD Cash cases was up 91 cases or .47% from the number of cases a year earlier.
- AABD Case Details: AABD cash cases decreased by 356 cases in November 2020 from October 2020 for a total of 19,270 cases. This total includes 9,354 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 128 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 9,788 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance. The total grant amount shows a 14.56% decrease from October 2020 ($2,534,793) to November 2020 ($2,1657,69).
Medical Assistance - No Grant (MANG)
November 2020 had a program total of 1,828,652 cases (2,973,590 persons). Of the total MANG cases, there were 70,409 cases (121,963 MANG persons) in All Kids, Disabled Workers, Breast and Cervical Cancer, Veteran Care, Medically Fragile Technology Dependent, and Department of Corrections programs. Overall, MANG cases in November 2020 show a 10.37% increase (171,858 cases) since November 2019.
- MANG: MANG recipients represent 91.74% of total cases and 92.09% of total persons in November 2020. In November 2019, MANG recipients represented 93.07% of total cases.
- Family Health Plans: Families increased in November 2020 by 5,250 to 743,799 cases from totals in October 2020. Persons also increased in November by 13,854 to 1,854,073 persons.
- ACA Adult: ACA Adult saw an increase of 10,420 cases from October 2020 for a total of 741,344 cases in November. Persons increased by 10,637 for a November 2020 total of 766,868 persons.
- AABD Clients: AABD customers who were categorically qualified for Medical Only increased .89% in November 2020 from October 2020 to 343,509 cases.
- Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance totals were not available at the time of this report.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- SNAP Assistance was given to 1,082,016 Illinois households (2,039,225 persons) in November 2020. This is an increase of 184,560 households from November 2019 levels.
- A total of 117,128 households (160,050 persons) received SNAP with no other assistance in November 2020. This is an increase of 35,025 households from November 2019 levels.
- The total SNAP assistance amount for November of 2020 was $371,853,854*. This is an increase of $146,175,663 from November of 2019.
FISCAL YEAR 2020 SUMMARY OF CASES AND PERSONS AS OF NOVEMBER 2020
|Family Health Plans
|SNAP with no other assistance
|Refugees Cash & Medical
Child Care Services are available to families with income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Families must be working or enrolled in approved education or training activities. Families cost-share with co-payments based on income and family size. Services are delivered through a certificate program and a site-administered contract system.
- The Certificate Program eligibility is determined by resource and referral agencies. Parents choose subsidized full or part-time care from any legal care provider that meets their needs. Providers include child-care centers, family homes, group child-care home and in-home and relative care. In October 2020, an estimated 104,653 children were served by certificate.
- The Site-Administered Contract Program serves families through a statewide network of contracted licensed centers and family homes. Families apply for care directly with the contracted providers and eligibility is determined on-site by the provider. In October 2020, an estimated 3,806 children were served by contract.
- The Migrant Head Start Program provides childcare and health and social services for preschool children of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Services are provided by local community-based agencies. In October 2020, there were 158 children enrolled in Migrant and Seasonal Head Start.
Emergency Food, Shelter and Support
Homeless families and individuals receive food, shelter and support services through local not-for-profit organizations. A "continuum of care" includes emergency and transitional housing and assistance in gaining self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
- The Emergency and Transitional Housing Program served 4,794 households in shelters during July through September 2020. Of those, 1,020 were households with children.
- The Emergency Food Program served 223,308 households (duplicative) in November 2020.
- The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During July - September 2020, 1,082 households were served. Of those, 526 were families (Households with children under age 18).
- The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In the July - September 2020 quarter, 833,348 nights of Supportive Housing were provided.
- The Refugee and Immigrant Citizenship Initiative funds the provision of English language, civics and U.S. history instruction as well as application services. This program has served 3,805 clients in the 1st Quarter of SFY2021
- Of the refugees served, 425 received employment services, and 94% of the clients entering employment were still employed 90 days later from July 2020 - September 2020.
- The Outreach and Interpretation project assures access to IDHS benefits. This program has served 5,206 in the 1st Quarter of SFY2021.
Social Service Block Grants
Service funding is provided through the Federal Title XX Social Services Block Grant to manage and monitor contracts which help customers achieve economic self-support and prevent or remedy abuse and neglect.
- Crisis Nurseries served 201 customers during the July - September 2020 quarter.
- The Estimated Donated Funds Initiative aided 1,7676 customers with 21,795 rides provided for Senior's during the July - September 2020 quarter.
Early Intervention (EI)1
The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) program serves infants and toddlers ages birth to 3 years old with developmental delays or disabilities and their family in one or more of the following areas of development: adaptive, cognitive, communication/speech, physical and social emotional. EI is part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. Annually, the EI program serves approximately 23,000 children throughout the state and maintains 25 regional intake entities called Child and Family Connections (CFC) offices. CFCs handle referrals, intake and service coordination for infants and toddlers referred to EI and coordinates the eligibility determination process and manages eligible infants and toddlers with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs)through transition.
Early Intervention services include, but are not limited to developmental evaluations and assessments, communication/speech therapy, developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, service coordination, psychological, and other counseling services and assistive technology. Evaluations, assessments, service plan development and service coordination are provided to families at no cost. Ongoing EI services are paid for by public insurance (i.e., Medicaid/All Kids), a family's private health insurance, when appropriate, state general revenue and other program funds. Families are assessed a family participation fee based on a sliding scale which considers their ability to pay.
Program Statistics - Early Intervention
||SFY 2020 Average
||SFY 2019 Average
|0-3 Participation Rate
|Under 1 Participation Rate
|% With Medicaid
|% With Insurance
|% With Fees
What's New in EI
The Bureau is finalizing our State Systemic Improvement Plan to improve child outcomes through two coherent improvement strategies of implementing the Child Outcomes Survey practice with fidelity and to have Family Engagement processes developed, measured and put into practice. This work aligns with evidence-based services utilizing the Division of Early Childhood's Recommended Practices.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)1
The purpose of WIC is to provide nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutritious supplemental foods and referrals to services for eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children to age five. The program has been housed under the Department of Human Services since 1997. In order to be eligible, participants must be at 185% of the federal poverty level, be a resident of the State of Illinois, and have a nutrition risk.
Program Statistics - WIC
||Clients in October 2020
What's New in WIC
WIC Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) implementation activities are underway and include the creation of a new management information system (MIS) to replace the existing Cornerstone system. USDA has mandated full implementation of EBT by October 1, 2020. The Pilot roll-out of both the EBT and MIS began March 16, 2020 in DHS Region 4. We are currently set to go live in the last DHS Region to be converted, Region 1 - Cook County on Tuesday, September 8.
Family Case Management1
The program target population is low income families (below 200% of the federal poverty level) with a pregnant woman, an infant. The goals of the program are to help women have healthy babies and to reduce the rates of infant mortality and very low birth weight. To achieve these goals the program conducts outreach activities to inform expectant women and new mothers of available services and then assists them with obtaining prenatal and well-childcare. The program works with community agencies to address barriers to accessing medical services, such as childcare, transportation, housing, food, mental health needs and substance abuse services. Services are provided statewide through local Health Departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers and community-based organizations. Home visits by program staff are provided in the first year of life.
Program Statistics - Family Case Management
Active Participant Counts for November 2020
Of the 32,790 Statewide participants, 25,766 were Medicaid participants and 7,024 were Non-Medicaid.
Bureau of Program & Performance Management
1 Current month's Child Care, Early Intervention, Women, Infants, and Children, and Family Case Management data is not released until the end of the following month resulting in a one-month lag for this report.
* Increase due to COVID19 - see Policy Memo - http://intranet.dhs.illinois.gov/oneweb/page.aspx?item=123562