9/18/20 - IDHS Weekly Bulletin

2020 CENSUS - 9/30 DEADLINE!!

IDHS reminds us that every person in Illinois needs to be counted! Illinois could stand to lose millions of dollars and less representation in Washington D.C. when residents don't fill out

the Census. Census information cannot be shared with law enforcement agencies and will not affect any government benefits.

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 or go to census.illinois.gov (message and data rates may apply; see Terms & Conditions of Use).


In honor of National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) sends out a sincere thank you to all of the dedicated DSPs who support individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities across Illinois. DSPs are the backbone of our community service system. Their daily support ensures that individuals live self-determined lives in their communities. Their work has been even more challenging, and valued, during the COVID-19 pandemic. IDHS thanks all DSPs for their continued dedication, and commitment to the communities they serve. Thank you DSPs!


The Illinois Department of Human Services reminds SNAP families that the federal government has approved 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.


This week the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced a new Community Garden Pilot Project to provide fresh produce to communities on the south side of Chicago that have a history of poverty and that have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Antioch Haven Homes, located in the Englewood area of Chicago, is the first site that will participate in the Community Garden Pilot Project. The fresh produce is being grown in the gardens on the property of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church's Antioch Haven Homes.

Broccoli, collard greens, curly kale, and stonehead cabbage will serve the residents of the 197 affordable housing units in Antioch Haven Homes. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church also plans to expand their community gardens to include all of their 600 units that serve over 1200 individuals. Additional participating organizations include Fernwood Community Outreach Church, Great True Vine Baptist Church (The Laura B. Collins Community Development Center), Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), and Trinity United Church (Endeleo Institute). The Chicago Community Gardens Association will continue their partnership with the organizations after the pilot program concludes in December 2020.


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announces the #Recovery Belongs social media campaign in order to increase awareness and to recognize the month of September as Recovery Month.

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 follow the link.

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.


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. 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 and other State employment opportunities can also be found at work.illinois.gov.


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) would like to congratulate Dani Kirby, Director of the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR), for receiving the 2020 National Recovery Month Planning Partners' Ramstad/Kennedy Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Dani Kirby was honored for her leadership in recovery support programs across Illinois and nationally. She established an ambitious agenda to promote recovery and change the narrative of "addiction" in Illinois and to eliminate the stigma that so frequently accompanies the treatment and recovery journey for individuals with substance use disorders and their children and families. Dani Kirby has vigorously promoted recovery concepts and applied them to public policy and funding opportunities. She addressed stigma through innovative public awareness campaigns as well as including persons with lived experience at decision making tables, showing others in strategic roles the importance of making recovery visible. She has been a strong supporter of National Recovery Month and has worked to bring understanding of the value of evidence-based FDA-approved medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and recovery and advocated for its acceptance in Illinois.