10/16/20 - IDHS Weekly Bulletin


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) shares that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently launched a new resource to support rural communities impacted by drug addiction. The Rural Community Toolbox is an on-line, interactive clearinghouse that helps rural leaders connect to funding, technical assistance, and information resources for addiction from 16 federal departments and agencies all in one place. Also housed on the site, and released at the same time, is an updated Community Assessment Tool. New data points include: Persistent Poverty, Broadband Access, Economic Development Districts, SAMHSA-Approved Substance Use and Mental Health Facilities, and a Prosperity Index.

Follow these links to view the Rural Community Toolbox, a RCTB fact sheet, and their press release.


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.


Healing Illinois is a racial healing initiative led by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust, designed to distribute $4.5 million in grants to organizations across the state to activate the work of racial healing.

Healing Illinois grants will fund programs in four areas: promoting dialogue through conversations to build understanding and empathy; encouraging collaboration in activities that bring people together to act on a project or idea; facilitating learning through activities designed to build or enhance knowledge; and seeding connections via racial healing circles, peace circles, or restorative justice activities.

These grants will be awarded in two rounds. The deadline for the first round was Wednesday, Oct. 14, and the deadline for the second round is Friday, Oct. 30. For more information on how to apply, click here.


The Illinois Department of Human Services' (IDHS) reminds us that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever as we brace for a dual outbreak of flu and COVID-19 this fall and winter. By increasing the number of people who are vaccinated, we can help reduce the number of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths, which can, in turn, help reduce the burden on our medical system and save medical resources for patients with COVID-19.

Many providers and local health departments are offering walk-in, scheduled, or drive-thru clinics for their patients. Additionally, many pharmacies offer scheduled or walk-in flu shots this year - check to make sure the pharmacy you select is in your health and/or pharmacy plan's network.


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and its Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) are proud to celebrate October as the 75th observance of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), along with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was landmark civil rights legislation that works to increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities across society, including in the workplace. Both milestones are being commemorated with a range of events and activities centered on the theme "Increasing Access and Opportunity."

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy offers a range of resources to help employers and other organizations plan NDEAM observances, including not only the official poster, but also sample articles, a press release, proclamation, and social media content.


The Illinois Department of Human Services' (IDHS) Welcoming Center Housing and Utility Assistance Project was established to provide temporary and emergency employment and training services to immigrants, refugees, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals who have experienced a COVID-19-related financial hardship between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.

IDHS has partnered with 26 community-based organizations to provide workforce training to low-income individuals impacted by COVID-19. Eligible participants can enroll in job training, employment placement, certificate programs, reimbursement for tuition, computer training, English as a Second Language, and career readiness and career orientation programs through our network of community-based organizations. To find your nearest Illinois Welcoming Center, please visit the IDHS website.


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.