Shapiro Developmental Center Profile

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Individual Profile - Updated 12/01/2022

Measure Value
Current Census 463
Average age of persons served (21 - 65+) 50
Severe and Profound M.R. range 50.11%
Mild and Moderate M.R. range 49.89%
Have a behavior intervention program 85.96%
Receive psychotropic medication 55.72%

Location: Kankakee - Kankakee County

By the numbers:

  • 48 years of operation - transitioned in 1974 to a Center for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Current census: 464
  • $90.4 million budget in FY23
  • There are 25 living areas and 3 on-campus day program sites that serve 464 people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Shapiro Center has 1,162.9 budgeted staff for the Center.
    • The majority of staff are represented by AFSCME
    • 47 staff represented by Illinois Nurses Association
    • 8 staff represented by the Teamsters
    • 7 staff represented by the Illinois Federation of Public Employees
    • 15.8 trades staff
  • 293-acre campus
  • Population Served: Adults 18 and older with intellectual disabilities

More background:

Shapiro Center provides supports and services for adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Shapiro Center serves people who exhibit severe behavioral problems, have significant medical issues, and are medically fragile. These people require support in all activities of daily living. Shapiro provides training and supports that are designed to assist persons served to function more independently. The goal is for all individuals to be provided the supports necessary for them to live in the most integrated setting that can meet their needs. Shapiro offers a variety of treatment programs/services including but not limited to: Psychiatric/psychological, medical/physical, social, educational, vocational/ rehabilitation, recreational, speech, language and hearing, pharmacy, dental, and dietary services, and referrals and special consultations. Staff at Shapiro include Nurses, Social Workers, Dietary/Support Staff, Mental Health Technicians, Activity Therapists, Psychiatrists, General Physicians, Psychologists, Buildings and Campus staff.

In 1877, the General Assembly established the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane and empowered the Governor to appoint a seven-member commission to select a site within northeastern Illinois on which to locate the institution. After selection of a site in Kankakee, three trustees were appointed by the Governor to supervise planning and construction, choose a superintendent, and operate the hospital, subject to inspection by the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities. The Shapiro Center was known as the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane and opened on September 4, 1879. The Hospital was reorganized and renamed the Kankakee State Hospital on January 1, 1910. On May 10, 1974, the Hospital became a Center for the care and treatment of people with developmental disabilities. The Center was renamed the Samuel H. Shapiro Developmental Center in honor of the Illinois Governor, Samuel H. Shapiro, who had resided in Kankakee. Governor Shapiro was the 34th Governor of Illinois, serving from 1968 to 1969.