May 24, 2023 DDD Communication

DDD Communication - May 24, 2023


As a reminder, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is collaborating with ACES$ to conduct introductory presentations on EVV. The presentations will discuss what EVV is; why it's being implemented; how it'll impact the PSW, customer, and employer; information on the live-in caregiver exemption; how to comply with EVV; how to get prepared for implementation; and frequently asked questions. The presentations will be primarily geared toward customers who self-direct their services and the PSWs they hire but it will also be beneficial to anyone else associated with Personal Support services. Please see below for information on the 2 upcoming EVV presentations including date, time and registration link. The information presented will be the same for each session and both will be recorded and posted on the DDD EVV webpage for those unable to attend either session.

Presentation 1:
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration: May 25, 2023 Registration Link

Presentation 2:
Date: Friday, May 26, 2023
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Registration: May 26, 2023 Registration Link


DDD is hosting a webinar in July regarding guardianship and the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule. The training will discuss the scope and types of guardianship available, Probate Act updates impacting guardians' responsibilities, changes guardians will see due to the implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule, and the importance of partnership between the ISC Agency, the provider and the guardian to support individuals to get what they want and need. Information on the webinar including the link to register is below.

Webinar: Guardianship 101 and HCBS Settings Rule
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Register: July 12, 2023 Registration Link


DDD is reviewing policies related to Start-Up Funds for individuals moving into 24-hour Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs). DDD would like to hear from providers about their use of start-up funding. Specifically, DDD would like to know what individual needs have been addressed through start-up funds as well as what types of expenses providers have had to address directly. Please email by May 30, 2023.


DDD, in partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago's Institute on Disability and Human Development, are looking for self-advocates, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), and other professionals to contribute to the new Illinois DSP curriculum. There are opportunities for reviewing written materials as well as creating video content for online curriculum modules. More information on the opportunities is available at, and a form for communicating your interest in the different opportunities is available at


DDD has begun the process of matching Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) and Health Care Level (HCL) information with IntellectAbility. Many providers were given information several months ago on individuals whose basic identity information did not match between the data IntellectAbility and the DDD Rates Unit had on file.

There is a space with IntellectAbility where each CILA agency can enter each person's Social Security Number. The first data match IntellectAbility and DDD undertake is a match on the person's SSN. If there is not a match on the SSN, then, the matching has to resort to the person's First Name, Last Name and Date of Birth. DDD strongly recommends each person's SSN be entered with their data at IntellectAbility.

DDD is also working with IntellectAbility to add each individual's ICAP information through the data IntellectAbility collects. This will help providers by eliminating the need to send updated ICAP information through additional communication as ICAP information will be updated at the same time HCL information is updated in January and July of each year. Please be on the lookout for further information in the near future.

Additionally, it has come to DDD's attention that many agencies are not updating individual HRST information on the required annual basis. To assist agencies in keeping current with expiring HRST information, IntellectAbility sends reminders which can be activated by the agency's rater. DDD strongly recommends each agency's rater activate the reminder system with IntellectAbility. The following are the instructions of how to activate the reminder system.

Agency Rater first has to turn on the form of notification they want.

Once the method of Notification has been set the Agency Rates then selects what they want to be notified about.

The attached link gives a visual of how to follow these steps.

If you have any questions, please contact the IRC at

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