DDD Communication February 21, 2024

DDD Communication
February 21, 2024


* The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provided a further update on the newest version of ROCS and the implementation of the Community Day Services (CDS) regionalization. Please see theFebruary 9, 2024, DDD Communication for those updates.


Today, Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 12:00 p.m., Governor J.B. Pritzker will give his State of the State and Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Address. This afternoon, after the Address, Deputy Governor Grace Hou and leaders from the Departments of Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Public Health, Aging, Children and Family Services and Veterans Affairs will be providing an overview of the Governor's Fiscal Year 2025 proposed budget. The briefing will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. via live web stream. If accommodations are needed, please notify the Bureau of Accessibility and Job Accommodation: Phone: (312) 793-0034; TTY: (888) 614-2385; Fax: (312) 793-2406; or DHS.AuxillaryAids@illinois.gov. ASL interpreters will be provided with the Live Stream. All briefing information can be found on Health and Human Services Virtual Briefing Budget Proposal.    


DDD found an error with the Intermittent Community Integrated Living Arrangement (ICILA) Statewide rates. The ICILA rates for bill codes 61H, 62H, and 63H were not updated to the January 1, 2024, rates in ROCS. This error is in the process of being corrected and will be with this week's running of current and previous billings for the ICILA bill codes listed above. No agency needs to rebill, instead ICILA providers reimbursed with the Statewide ICILA rates who billed before this week should check this Friday, February 23, 2024, for a Remittance Report showing the payment for the rate difference. If an agency's billing is processing this week or in future weeks, the agency will be reimbursed at the correct ICILA rate(s). Note: this error does not impact ICILA for provider agencies receiving the Chicago Metro Area rates for ICILA bill codes 61H, 62H, or 63H.       


The annual invitation to complete the National Core Indicators (NCI) - IDD State of the Workforce Survey, formerly the Staff Stability Survey, will be distributed to providers in March. As a reminder, the survey aggregates data on the workforce of Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18 and older. The survey will inquire about the status of a provider's DSP workforce employed between January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023, and will be completed online using the link provided in the email invitation. Each provider will be assigned a unique link which should not be shared outside of the provider agency. The email will come from staffstability@hsri.org and the subject line will be "Illinois National Core Indicators®-IDD (NCI®-IDD) State of the Workforce in 2024 Survey". DDD is requesting providers complete the survey upon receipt of the email. The information provided is important to state policymakers and advocates who will use the data to guide decisions. For additional information on the survey, please contact Gary Holman, BQM Administrator, at gary.holman@illinois.gov.


The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and through funding from U.S. Department of Education Disability Innovation Fund, has initiated the Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment (SWTCIE) Demonstration Project. SWTCIE supports innovative activities aimed at increasing Competitive Integrated Employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities who are engaged in, or who are contemplating entering, Subminimum Wage activities. Learn more about the SWTCIE demonstration project. The UIUC Evaluation Team for SWTCIE has created an online survey on interagency collaboration and would appreciate survey participation by stakeholders. If you work for an organization in Illinois that serves people with disabilities, your responses will provide valuable information about how Illinois service providers collaborate and may help inform future practice, including training and policy. All responses will be anonymous. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. To take part in the survey, please visit SWTCIE Illinois Interagency Collaboration Survey. If you encounter any technical issues or have questions regarding the survey, please reach out to David Strauser at davids15@illinois.edu.


988 is a service that provides direct connection to care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress, including family, friends, and/or caregivers. It should be used when people are experiencing a mental health crisis that does not rise to the level of police intervention. The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) will be providing a training to community-based provider agencies who serve and support individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities regarding this service. This training will include how this service can serve as an option for crisis intervention and resolution. Please use 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to learn more about these services.

Training Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024
Training Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Training Link: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 843 1651 5377
Passcode: 7j3b1YbT

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