Child Group Home

What is it?

This residential program is available to participants of the Children's Residential Waiver and is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services to serve no more than 10 children per living arrangement.  Child Group Homes are designed as a structured environment, providing a range of habilitative and therapeutic services to children and adolescents who cannot reside in their own home.  These supports are individually tailored to assist with the acquisition, retention or improvement in skills related to living in the community.

How Do I Become A Provider?

1.  You must be licensed

  1. A person or organization applying for a Child Group Home license must FIRST be licensed as a Child Welfare Agency with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). 
  2. AFTER you are licensed as a Child Welfare Agency, you must call DCFS to request an enrollment packet: Central Office of Licensing - (217) 785-2688. You will then be assigned to one of the DCFS regional offices.
  3. You must have staff with required qualifications and training
  4. You must submit current copies of the DCFS Child Welfare Agency License and the Child Group Home License to:
    • Illinois Department of Human Services
      Division of Developmental Disabilities
      Bureau of Community Reimbursement, POS Unit
      600 East Ash, Building 400, Mail Stop 2 South
      Springfield, IL 62703

2.  You are required to have a National Provider Identification Number (NPI) for services.

Please see the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System for more information about applying for a National Provider Identifier.

3.  You must submit the following documents to Provider Enrollment.

4.  You must submit a provider enrollment application in the IMPACT system  to enroll as a DD Medicaid Waiver provider:

  • Note: All users to the IMPACT system must have a Single Sign-On ID to access the provider enrollment system. Once the User has been granted access to the provider enrollment system, the user may begin the provider enrollment application for your agency.
  • The first step in the provider enrollment application is selecting the agency's enrollment type. Child Group Home agencies must select the enrollment type Facility, Agency, Organization (FAO). Please use the PowerPoint presentations available on the DDD IMPACT Provider page to walk you through each step of the application.

5.  You must submit Direct Support Person (DSP) and Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) training programs for approval to:

Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Bureau of Quality Management
600 East Ash, Building 400, Mail Stop 2 North
Springfield, IL  62703

Attention:  DSP/QIDP Training Programs

Important Resources for Program Requirements