As we embark on the initiative to reduce Illinois' reliance on state operated development centers in favor of community-based living arrangements and support for people with developmental disabilities, people naturally have many questions. Here are some answers to questions we are hearing the most. We believe that the more people know, the more they will support our work to help people with disabilities transition from large institutions into community-based settings.
Question: If an closing center resident doesn't want to move, can they stay at the closing center?
Answer: Staying at closing center is not an option, as the facility will be closed.
Question: Do some of the center residents need too much support to be in the community?
Answer: With the correct supports and sufficient resources, anyone can live in the community.
Question: Do the community-based homes have 24-hour, 7 day week nursing care that resides with the person?
Answer: All persons will have access to nursing, psychiatric, and behavioral supports as needed and prescribed in the individual plan. Under state law, direct support staff that assist with medication administration must be trained and supervised.
Question: In community-based homes, are persons allowed their own personal televisions in their room?
Answer: All individuals will have his/her own room and may have personal items such as a television, stereo, sewing machine, DVD player, computer, etc.
Question: In a community-based home, who is responsible for preparing the food and ensuring individuals are receiving proper nourishment?
Answer: Generally, staff prepares the meals for the individuals based upon an approved diet. Each provider is different, but generally, if a person chooses to transition to a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA), professional staff would look at the person's comprehensive needs, including diet. If the person needs a special diet, then one will be ordered and followed.
Question: Are there enough high quality community-based providers preparing for these residents?
Answer: The state of Illinois has a large pool of providers that want to provide high quality and individualized services. We are identifying service providers, needed community supports, and where there are gaps in these services and supports that must be addressed.
Question: Will my loved one have enough interaction and social activities?
Answer: The goal of the ACCT process is to offer the needed community supports and services that will allow the individual to be close to their family and be a part of their community. It includes going to a church of one's choice, visiting family and friends, and leading an ordinary life.