May 24, 2021 DDD Communication

Good Afternoon,


  • The preliminary seven-day statewide COVID-19 positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 16-22, 2021 is 2.2%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from May 16-22, 2021 is 2.8%.
  • Remember to register for the Individual Rights, Independence & Social Relationships webinar on May 27.
  • FINAL information bulletins on Dietary Supports & Mealtime Practices, Behavior Intervention & Treatment Implementation & Billing and Updated V.3 COVID-19 HBS; Bogard Specialized Services & FFS Billing, Agency & Consumer Guidance posted this morning.


Be on the lookout for updated CDS Reopening Guidance. We worked with IDPH late last week to modify the guidance based on vaccination status. We will be able to allow our CDS providers the opportunity to not physically distance staff/participants if there is proof of vaccination. Unknown/indeterminate and unvaccinated will require physical distancing of 6 feet. Per IDPH guidelines, masking is required for all participant and staff regardless of vaccination status. We hope this will be welcome news for our CDS providers. Thank you for all your feedback and advocacy.


The Division is also in the process of updating our DRAFT Information Bulletin that includes revised guidance for At-Home Day Program (37U). The updated guidance will revert At-Home Day Program (37U) back to a prior approval process effective July 1, 2021. While we have received significant feedback from residential providers about this change, we believe it is important that individuals be able to return to their daily routines and that our ISCs need to mediate this process. There have been too many examples where this is not happening. We understand that this may cause issues for some of our residential providers that absolutely cannot staff up for a July 1 reopen. In that event, providers can reach out to Joy Decker who will coordinate a transition schedule specific to the organization. This will be outlined in the revised DRAFT IB that will drop shortly.


Community Care Corps, funded by the Administration for Community Living and administered by the Oasis Institute, has announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers or directly assist older adults or adults with disabilities with non-medical care to maintain their independence.

Community Care Corps will award competitive grants between $30,000 and $150,000 for new applicants. Current Community Care Corps grantees may apply for second year funding up to $100,000 or 100% of the previous award amount, whichever is less.

The purpose of the project is to establish, enhance, or grow volunteer programs for over-burdened family caregivers, older adults, and persons with disabilities. A wide range of nonprofit entities, such as faith- and community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and service organizations, as well as state, county, and local governments are encouraged to apply.

Community Care Corps seeks to fund local models that represent a diverse cross section of the nation reflective of demographics and geography, urban/rural/frontier, and Tribal communities, underserved and limited English-speaking populations, communities with limited support programs, and more.

To learn more, view the RFP, and access the FAQ, visit the National Community Care Corps website.

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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