9/4/20 - IDHS Weekly Bulletin

2020 CENSUS - 9/30 DEADLINE!!

IDHS reminds us that every person in Illinois needs to be counted! The U.S. Census Bureau self-response deadline is Sept. 30, 2020. Visit My2020census.gov to complete the census online or call 1-844-330-2020. You can also text 987987 for more info (message and data rates may apply; see Terms & Conditions of Use) or go to census.illinois.gov.


The Illinois Department of Human Services announced that the federal government has issued approval for continued Emergency Allotments through September for all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. These allotments ensure that families receive maximum SNAP funds for their household size during the pandemic. No action is required by the customer. To apply for or manage SNAP benefits, please visit abe.illinois.gov.


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announces the #Recovery Belongs social media campaign in order to increase awareness and recognize the month of September as Recovery Month. This initiative provides an opportunity to honor the lives of people who have died from a drug overdose, celebrate the lives of people in recovery, and raises awareness about the tools we have to reduce the harms of substance use. The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) encourages organizations to spread the message that drug overdose death is preventable, treatment works, and recovery is possible.

To find the nearest organization offering harm reduction services, visit the Illinois Helpline. To help individuals find virtual recovery support options, IDHS/SUPR created the Digital Recovery Support page. To learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month, including where to find additional materials and how to promote your organization's events, please visit this site: International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month.

If your organization is planning to use social media as part of your events, please tag @ILHelpline and add #RecoveryBelongs to any of your posts.


We invite you to follow IDHS on its social media platforms. Each one is a great way to connect with IDHS and to stay up to date on its latest work. Here are the links to the IDHS accounts: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) recently announced new mental health programs designed to provide additional support for Illinois residents, and has increased or introduced funding for many additional resources such as crisis mental health services, the Call4Calm text line, transitional living centers, mobile healthcare and mental health units, behavioral health for the unfunded, community intervention services, warm line expanded hours, the Living Room Program, and the transitional community care and support programs throughout the state.

You can learn more about all the mental health supports and services offered by IDHS here. Providers can be found using the listing on the homepage or using the Office Locator and inputting "Mental Health" as the office type and your county (including zip code, if in Cook County).


The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is currently accepting applications for their program aimed to assist families unable to pay their mortgage due to COVID-19. The Emergency Mortgage Assistance (EMA) will support around 10,000 households with up to $15,000 paid directly to their mortgage lender to cover payments between March and December of this year. Applications will be accepted through September 4th. For additional help, applicants may visit era.ihda.org or contact IHDA's call center at 312-883-2720, or toll-free at 888-252-1119. For those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired, please contact Navicore Solutions for free assistance at 877-274-4309 (TTY).


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is hiring professionals to advance the mission of the Agency. IDHS is an equal opportunity employer comprised of more than 13,200 employees in locations statewide where, at any given time, job opportunities might be available. Tune in to one of their virtual job fairs or recruiting events to learn more about employment with the agency. A list of all IDHS employment events can be found at this site: IDHS Job Fairs & Recruiting Events.