Human Services, Department of
Illinois created DHS in 1997, to provide our state's residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.

Cash and Food Stamps Assistance (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois.
Obtain Homelessness Prevention Assistance
The Homeless Prevention Program provides assistance and supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Calculator
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. This tool will help you to determine if you are likely to receive SNAP.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Services help people with disabilities find and keep jobs. These services help people find jobs or get ready to work. They also make sure that people have the supports they need to stay on the job.
Apply for Snap (Food Stamps) & Medical Assistance
There are several ways to apply for Cash, SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), and Medical Assistance.
Healthy Women Application Request
Health information and services provided by IDHS and other state agencies
Food Stamp Eligibility Calculator
Determine eligibility for SNAP benefits
Food Assistance for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)
WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children.
Human Services Office Locator
Search for a DHS Office or Service Provider by selecting your county, and, for Cook County, your ZIP Code:
Obtain Domestic Violence Assistance
Domestic violence programs located throughout Illinois provide safety assistance to victims of domestic violence. They are free and private. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, temporary food and housing, and more. of Illinois (TAP)
The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)
The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) serves and supports persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families through a coordinated network of providers, parents, and university programs.
Become an Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, & Intervention Provider
Learn more about becoming an Alcoholism & Substance Treatment & Intervention Provider.
Become a Developmental Disabilities Provider
Learn more about enrolling as a new developmental disabilities service provider or adding services as an established provider.
Obtain Mental Health Care
Learn about services available to those in need of mental health care.
Work Incentive Planning & Assistance
These services help individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance and are interested in getting a job understand how working will affect their benefits.
Apply for Job Coaching & Day Services
Day programs are offered to adults who have a developmental disability who live in residential settings, by themselves or with family. Programs may include daily living skills, outings, vocational training, employment opportunities and recreation.
Mental Health Medicaid Waiver 1915 c
Information and notifications for the Mental Health Medicaid Waiver 1915 c
Apply for Disability Rehabilitation Services
If you live in Illinois and have a disability, the Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job or live at home independently.
Access Quality, Affordable Child Care
Provides working families of low income with access to affordable, quality child care. IDHS also supports services for families looking for care including free referrals to child care providers and consumer education information.
Disability Rehabilitation Services Application
Refer yourself or someone else for disability rehabilitation services
Developmental Disability Services
Search for county and statewide resources for individuals with developmental disabilities
Obtain Help for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Services for individuals with developmental disabilities include day services, early intervention, in-home supports, residential living arrangements, and more. Learn more about available services and how to apply.
Obtain Alcoholism & Addiction Assistance
Find support and treatment services for alcoholism & addiction through an extensive treatment provider network throughout the State of Illinois.
Obtain Disability & Rehabilitation Assistance
Find more information about services and assistance available to individuals with disabilities.
Pregnancy & Parenting Assistance
Whether you are thinking about having children someday, are a mom-to-be, or already have children, find information and learn about programs that may help you as you navigate these important stages in your life.
Find Youth Services & Assistance
Find information for services and assistance available to youth, including youth who are in trouble with the law, life skill training, and pregnancy prevention.
Locate Emergency Food & Shelter
The Emergency and Transitional Housing Program gives immediate and comprehensive shelter services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless.