June 8, 2022 DDD Communication

Good Afternoon,


  • We're working to get all of the PCP documents revised and uploaded on our webpage. We'll send links as soon as they're up. Please remember to attend the remaining two PCP webinars that will go into more depth on each of the templates.
  • Reminder that we have weekly HCBS Settings communications and a dedicated Setting webpage, were you can find all of the past communications and additional resources. Please check it out.


In FY22, DDD engaged the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Department of Disability and Human Development to create a report assessing the Illinois DD system's capacity to serve individuals with significant or specific support needs. The intent of this work was to understand who is offering these supports in the system, identify providers who could serve as models on specific support needs, and identify ways to expand the capacity of the State to provide these supports to people with I/DD. DDD will be using the information in the report to develop action steps in order to strengthen service options. The UIC report uses information from a provider survey and follow up interviews in order to identify possible strategies to grow service capacity to support people. You can access the Capacity Report.

DDD will be holding a Service Capacity Report webinar where Dr. Caitlin Crabb will discuss the report and recommendations on Wednesday June 29 from 1-2 pm. Registration for the Service Capacity Webinar is required.


The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) is excited to provide an informational webinar about the upcoming Independent Service Coordination Agency Housing Navigator Pilot project. This webinar is for people with developmental disabilities, families and supporters, DDD service providers, post-secondary transition professionals, and anyone else who is curious! Please join us to hear an overview!

The Council will host an informational webinar on June 23, 2022, from 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. The webinar will be recorded and shared with those who register. Registration for the Housing Navigation Webinar is required.


Supported by a Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) grant, the Divisions of Rehabilitation Services and Developmental Disabilities have collaborated with the Institute for Community Inclusion to develop a training series for staff of DRS, DDD and the Independent Service Coordination agencies. The training series will include cohorts of participants who will receive training sessions with follow-up communities of practice on the basics of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between DDD and DRS in 2019. The trainings will run from June through October 2022. Staff of DDD, DRS and the ISCs play a critical role in improving employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD. We're excited for this additional training and support!


The Division is happy announce the agencies that have received respite funding through the competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). A few notes (PLEASE READ):

  • Reminder! Group, Voucher and In-Home Respite are only available to individuals that are WITHOUT waiver funded services including DDD Funded Home-Based Support, CILA, CDS, etc. This also includes any of the services provided under the DRS Home Services Program. Respite is meant to support those individuals either receiving no services or those waiting for services. It is not meant to supplement other funded services.
  • The billable rate for in-home services, as outlined in the Respite NOFO, has moved to $22.50/hour. We've removed the tier levels. Please ensure you budget accordingly.
  • FY 23 awardees have funding for FY 23 with two, potential, fiscal year renewals. The respite grants will be NOFO'd again for FY 26, if not before. Please ensure you track your grant awards.
Group Respite Provider Counties Served
Clearbrook McHenry and Cook
Coleman Tri-County Service Gallatin, Salin, and White
Community Support Services Cook and DuPage
Envision Unlimited Chicago, Suburban Cook, and Central Illinois
Horizon House of Illinois Valley Bureau, Lasalle, Marshall, Putnam
Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties Edgar, Clark, Vermillion, Douglas, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Jasper
JCFS Chicago and Northern Cook
KCCDD Knox and Warren
Libenu Metropolitan Chicago, Cook, and Lake
Specialized Training for Adult Rehabilitation Jackson
The Hope School Statewide Coverage
Warren Achievement Center Warren
In-Home Respite Provider (Residential*) Counties Served
Abilities Plus Henry, Stark, Western Bureau
Associate House of Chicago Chicago Cook
Clearbrook Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry
Coleman Tri-County Services Gallatin, Saline and White
Community Support Services Cook and DuPage
El Valor Chicago and Cook
Envision Unlimited Chicago, Adams, Brown, Champaign, Cook, Dewitt, Fulton, Knox, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Pike, Sangamon, Scott, and Tazewell
Glenkirk Lake and Northern Cook
Good Shepherd Center South Suburban Cook, Northern Will, Chicago neighborhoods of Beverly, Mt. Greenwood and Morgan Park
Illinois Respite Coalition Statewide - excluding Cook
Little City Foundation Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry
North Center for Handicapped Children Cook
Piatt County Mental Health Center Piatt
The Arc of Quad Cities Area* Rock Island
Trinity Services* Will, Grundy, Madison, Bond, Clinton, Washington and Randolph
Warren Achievement Center* Warren
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Voucher Respite Provider Counties Served
Clearbrook McHenry and Cook
Community Service Options City of Chicago and South Suburban Cook
Community Support Services Cook and DuPage
Horizon House of Illinois Valley Bureau, Lasalle, Marshall, Putnam
Illinois Respite Coalition All 69 Central and Southern Counties
JCFS Chicago and Northern Cook
Kreider Services Lee, Whiteside, Carroll, Ogle, Stephenson, and Jo Daviess
Little City Foundation Cook, Lake, DuPage, and McHenry


The Legislature has included in its FY23 budget an appropriation for 100 youth to receive home based services. Individuals who are currently seeking services will be selected based on their total time waiting since their first date on PUNS to be consistent across our waivers. The Division will be pulling more than 100 youth as we anticipate some will not enter services. Our initial review indicates that the pull will include children/young adults between the ages 14-21. Selected individuals will receive a letter in mid-July and will be asked to reach out to their ISC agency for further action. Youth selected will be able to automatically transition to adult waiver services when appropriate. Questions can be direct to Mike Vespa at michael.vespa@illinois.gov.


ACL has released a new brief, Leveraging Innovation, Collaboration, and Data with Assistive Technology to Reduce Social Isolation and Loneliness: Success Story from Illinois. This brief highlights the innovative partnership between the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP), Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities and Division of Rehabilitation Services that created the Illinois CARE Connections (ICC) program. This program distributed technology devices to older adults and people with disabilities, including individuals with I/DD, served by local agencies in order to reduced social isolation and loneliness.


Allison V. Stark
Pronouns: she/her/hers
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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