The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities, in conjunction with the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF), will be distributing non-NIOSH approved surgical face coverings or masks to community-based provider organizations, free of charge, across the state of Illinois.
The Department of Public Health has issued clarification guidance on the use of these imported KN95 masks, which are not approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In the
IDPH NK95 Use Guidance (pdf), IDPH recommends using these masks as crisis alternatives-with equal or greater effectiveness--to medical procedure or cloth masks.
Interested providers should complete the online request form, linked below. IARF will arrange for provider pick-up or will send via FedEx at the provider's expense. Distribution will be based on the prioritization of providers currently providing services followed by those set to reopen in the coming weeks and months. If a provider has services across multiple divisions, please submit one form for all PPE needs.
PPE REQUEST FORM
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