August 18, 2021 DDD Communication

Good Afternoon,


  • Per IDPH, the preliminary seven-day statewide COVID positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 6-12, 2021 is 5.1%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from August 6-12, 2021 is 5.9%.
  • Remember to register for Supporting Sex Education: What Providers Need to Know webinar being held on September 9th at 1pm.


We wanted to share with our stakeholders that we requested and received approval from the Governor's Office of Management and Budget's Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit (GOMB/GATU) for the current Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agency grant agreements to be extended by two years, from the current three-year agreements. As a consequence, the ISC agency grant agreements will now run through Fiscal Year 2024. The next Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the ISC agencies will be issued in Fiscal Year 2024, for new grant agreements to begin in Fiscal Year 2025. GOMB/GATU also approved an expansion of the scope of these agreements for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024. We will work with the ISC agencies on these scope changes in the near future. This change will not impact the other NOFOs that will be released in Fiscal Year 2022.


The Division has contracted with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Institute on Disability and Human Development to evaluate our person-centered planning process for Adult DD Waiver recipients and to make recommendations to improve the process. Through input from various stakeholders, UIC developed a person-centered planning map to provide a visual of how the process is currently structured. Additionally, UIC developed a survey to understand the barriers and strengths within the process. Please complete the survey and distribute widely within your networks. We are interested in hearing from people receiving services, families, community organizations, ISCs and all other interested stakeholders. Responses by August 27th are appreciated!


We've received requests to provide clarity around the use of TABE and CASAS while we work to update the Functional Literacy Information Bulletin and requirements.

TABE Requirements:

Note: Providers may use the TABE 9-10 if they still have them, although they are being discontinued.

TABE 11-12 Level M (Medium)

  • Providers may use the online or paper version. The paper version will enable you to score immediately.
  • Passing score for TABE 11-12 M:
    • TABE 11 M: A minimum Raw Score of 26, a Scale Score of 501 and a NRS Level 3
    • TABE 12 M: A minimum Raw Score of 24, a Scale Score of 501 and a NRS Level 3
  • TABE 11-12 M Supplies Needed:
    • For Paper Testing:
  • Order TABE Level M, Form 11 Test Books
  • Order TABE Level M, Form 12 Test Books
  • Order TABE 11 & 12 SCOREZE Answer Documents or if hand scoring Request Answer Key from Customer Service)
  • Test Directions for TABE 11 & 12
  • Scoring Guide for TABE 11 & 12 (to enable you to determine grade equivalency and passing score)

If your agency will be using Online Testing - contact DRC (Data Recognition Corporation) Customer Service for details.

CASAS Requirements:

CASAS- Reading Goals 905 R Level C

  • Providers may use the online or paper version. The paper version will enable you to score immediately
  • Passing Score for CASAS Reading Goals 905 R Level C:
    • Scale Score of 235-238 and a NRS Level 4
  • CASAS Reading Goals Supplies Needed:
    • For Paper Testing: page 16 CASAS Catalog:
  • Order Reading GOALS Test Administration Manual
  • Order Reading Goals Level C, Form 905R Test Booklets
  • Order General Purpose Answer Sheets

If your agency will be using Online Testing- contact CASAS Customer Service for details.


The temporary blanket process is now closed. However, we understand that challenges continue and may result in longer term changes or closures of CDS programs (defined as equal to or greater than a one-month impact). If this occurs providers should follow the appropriate notification and procedures regarding a closure. As it relates to 37U, please contact Joy Decker  with questions.

Thank you for all you do!


  • 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

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