May 4, 2021 DDD Communication

Good Afternoon,

QUICK NOTES

* The preliminary seven-day statewide COVID-19 positivity for cases as a percent of total test from April 26-May 2, 2021 is 3.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from April 26-May 2, 2021 is 4.0%.

OIG

Starting May 10, 2021, OIG plans to, on a limited basis, resume onsite investigative activity, including interviews, at DDD agencies and facilities. Accordingly, although in the near-term OIG will continue to perform most investigative activity remotely. In the upcoming weeks and months, you may receive requests from OIG staff to interview individuals or employees on-site. Certainly, OIG will comply with all applicable COVID-19 safety protocols when conducting its on-site investigative activities and, if there any protocols that are particular to your site, we'd ask that you inform OIG of those protocols in advance. For more information contact Bill Diggins.

TRAININGS & WEBINARS

May is the month of trainings and webinars! Not only do we have the Waiver Revision Feedback sessions starting tomorrow, but we also have the NCI Staff Stability webinar on May 7, Abuse & Neglect: What Providers Need to Know on May 13 and Individual Rights, Independence & Social Relationships on May 27.

We're also adding two additional webinars on the Settings Rule to answer lingering questions or if you just need a refresher. Join our Bureau of Quality Management for two upcoming trainings:

May 12, 2021 at 1pm-3pm Introduction to HCBS Settings Rule

A presentation about the basic components of the Settings Rule. An introduction or review of the purpose and considerations of the Setting Rule that is required in the provision of services to individuals. You can register here.

May 19, 2021 at 1pm-3pm Introduction to Person-Centered Planning

A presentation to introduce or review the basic concepts and principles of person-centered planning. Establishes a foundation for understanding the purpose and focus of person-centered planning in order to identify services and supports relevant to desired outcomes. You can register here.

FEEDBACK ON PROPOSED POLICY CHANGES FOR FY22

The Division released a number of DRAFT Information Bulletins on policy changes and updated guidance effective July 1 for waiver funded services. We understand that many individuals and providers have questions or concerns about the potential changes. Please continue to reach out to share these concerns. The Division is committed to working with our stakeholders to ensure positive impact on the DD system.

Thank you for all you do!

Warmly,

  • Allison V. Stark
  • Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • 600 East Ash-Building 400, Springfield, IL 62703
  • Tel: (217) 782 -6803

The information contained herein should not be considered a substitute for the appropriate official statutes, rules, regulations, or the advice of legal counsel.


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