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The mission of IDPH is to promote health through the prevention and control of disease and injury. IDPH assures the quality of our food, sets standards for hospitals and nursing homes, investigates disease outbreaks, maintains the state’s vital records, screens newborns, and many other programs.
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https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/local-health-search
Local Health Department Search
There are 97 certified local health departments across Illinois that can provide numerous services and information such as restaurant inspections, immunizations, and healthy living programs.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/food-service-sanitation
Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification
Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) is required by Section 750.540 of the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code based on the food service establishment’s risk category assigned by the local health department. A FSSMC is earned by completing an approved eight hour course with an Illinois approved instructor and passing a national exam accredited by the Conference for Food Protection, then paying a fee to IDPH, which is valid for five years from the exam date.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/home-nursing-agencies
Home Nursing Agencies
A Home Nursing agency is an agency that provides services directly in order to deliver skilled nursing and home health aide services to persons in their personal residences. Agency provides services that would be required to be performed by an individual licensed under the Nurse Practice Act on a shift schedule, one-time, full-time or part-time, and/or intermittent basis.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/home-services-licensing
Home Services Licensing Application
IDPH regulates Home Services Agencies which provide services directly through workers providing home services for consumers primarily in their personal residences. Services provided include assistance with activities of daily living, housekeeping, personal laundry, and companionship provided to an individual in his or her personal residence, which are intended to enable that individual to remain safely and comfortably in his or her own personal residence.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/hospice-license
Hospice License Application
IDPH licenses Hospices -public agencies or private organizations, or a subdivision of either of those, that are primarily engaged in providing care to terminally ill individuals through a program of home care or inpatient care, or both home care and inpatient care, utilizing a medically directed interdisciplinary hospice care team of professionals or volunteers, or both professionals and volunteers. A hospice program may be licensed as a comprehensive hospice program or a volunteer hospice program.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/ambulatory-surgical-treatment-dir
IDPH Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Directory
IDPH regulates Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Centers - institutions or buildings devoted primarily to the maintenance and operation of facilities for the performance of surgical procedures, as evidenced by use of the facilities by physicians, podiatrists or dentists in the performance of surgical procedures that constitutes more than 50 percent of the activities at that location.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/assisted-living-license
Assisted Living and Shared Housing Initial License Application
The Division of Assisted Living is responsible for all state licensure and survey processes for Assisted Living and Shared Housing establishments. Regulations were adopted in December of 2001 and IDPH began licensing establishments in July of 2002. The Office is located in the Springfield Central Office. The division is comprised of a Division Chief, Health Facilities Nurse Surveyors, and administrative support staff. Life Safety Code/physical plant surveys for these establishments are performed by the IDPH’s Design and Construction Section prior to licensure. All establishments are required to submit an annual renewal application with the applicable licensure fee.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/assisted-living-listing
Assisted Living and Shared Housing Licensed Establishments Listing
A list of licensed facilities that provide assisted living and shared housing functionality. Listed are the number of units, whether they provide Alzheimer and adult day care.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/Certificate of Free Sale - Public Health
Certificate of Free Sale - Public Health
IDPH issues Certificates of Free Sale to Illinois Food and Dairy Manufacturers, Processors, Warehousers and Packers and other facilities which the Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies inspects, permits or surveys. 
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/community-mental-health
Community Mental Health Center Certification
IDPH licenses Community Mental Health Centers - entities that provide the following services: Outpatient services, including specialized outpatient services for children, the elderly, individuals who are chronically mentally ill, and residents of the CMHC’s mental health service area who have been discharged from inpatient treatment at a mental health facility; 24 hour-a-day emergency care services; day treatment, or other partial hospitalization services, or psychosocial rehabilitation services; and screening for patients being considered for admission to State mental health facilities to determine the appropriateness of such admission.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/ems-licensing
Emergency Medical Services Licensing
IDPH licenses people in the State of Illinois to assure they are competent and keep current in the practice of Emergency Medical Services. This includes the licensing of EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, Advanced EMT, Paramedic, Lead Instructor, Emergency Medical Dispatcher, First Responder, Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse, and Emergency Communications Registered Nurse. Much of the Illinois EMS personnel licensing process can be transacted on online.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/asbestos-contractor
Asbestos Contractor Application
Workers who manage or abate asbestos in schools, commercial, or public buildings must be trained and licensed. Contractors are responsible for conducting asbestos abatement projects. All contractors who conduct asbestos abatement projects must have insurance and are required to be licensed.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/birth-records-order
Birth Records Online Order
To obtain or correct a birth certificate, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/death-records-order
Death Records Online Order
To obtain a certified or uncertified copy of a death certificate, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/breast-cancer-screen
Obtain Free Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women in Illinois, without insurance, 35 to 64 years old. Call the Women's Health Line to enroll.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/order-birth-death-marriage-records
Order Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, and Other Records
Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health about obtaining birth, death, marriage, divorce, civil union, and adoption records. Information is also available in Spanish.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/skilled-care-facilities
Skilled Care Facilities
IDPH regulates Skilled Care Facilities, which are a type of nursing home.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/structural-pest-control-commercial
Structural Pest Control Commercial Application
IDPH protects the public from improperly prepared and used pesticides and from groundwater contamination around commercial pesticide storage sites and promotes the concept of integrated pest management in schools. Illinois has approximately 750 licensed structural pest control business locations as well as 60 registered non-commercial (not-for-hire, in-house pest control) locations that use restricted pesticides. IDPH licenses and routinely inspects each of these locations. It also certifies approximately 2,600 individuals by examination to use or oversee the application of general and restricted-use pesticides and investigates incidents of pesticide misuse.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/water-well-permit
Water Well Permit Application
In the private water and closed loop systems program, IDPH administers the licensing of water well and pump installation contractors and regulates the construction, modification and sealing of all water wells, with the exception of community water wells. In addition, the program administers the registration of closed loop well contractors and regulates the construction, modification, and sealing of all closed loop wells. This program is conducted through agreements with 90 local health departments.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/free-breast-screenings
Obtain Free Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women in Illinois, without insurance, 35 to 64 years old. Call the Women's Health Line to enroll.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/mobile-home-park
Mobile Home Park Application
IDPH regulates construction of modular homes and commercial mobile structures located in Illinois. Staff review plans for each model to be located in Illinois to ensure that these units meet minimum structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and energy conservation standards. About 1,300 modular homes and commercial mobile structures are placed in Illinois annually.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/nursing-home-license
Nursing Home License
Nursing homes in Illinois are licensed, regulated, inspected and/or certified by a number of public and private agencies at the state and federal levels, including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). These agencies have separate -- yet sometimes overlapping -- jurisdictions.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/nursing-student-health-care
Nursing Student Health Care Application
IDPH issues licenses for nursing students to become an IL Certified Nurse Aide.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/order-r Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, and Other Records
Order Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, and Other Records
Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health about obtaining birth, death, marriage, divorce, civil union, and adoption records. Information is also available in Spanish.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/plumber-license
Plumber License Application
Under the Illinois Plumbing License Law (225 ILCS 320), the Department licenses plumbers, plumbing contractors, plumbers’ apprentices, irrigation contractors and retired plumbers.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/plumbing-license
Plumbing Contractor License Application
Under the Illinois Plumbing License Law (225 ILCS 320), the Department licenses plumbers, plumbing contractors, plumbers’ apprentices, irrigation contractors and retired plumbers.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/beaches
Private and Public Beaches
To prevent illnesses associated with swimming at Illinois beaches, each licensed beach is inspected annually to determine that required safety features are in place and there are no sources of possible pollution such as sewage discharges. These inspections are done either by the Illinois Department of Public Health or a local health department, or, in Chicago, by the Chicago Park District. The Department also requires that each of the 335 licensed public beaches be sampled every two weeks to determine that bacterial levels in the water are within limits established in the Swimming Facility Code (77 Ill. Admin. Code 820). The maximum E. coli level allowed – 235 colony-forming units per 100 milliliters (cfu/100mL) – is based on guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for recreational waters.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/home-services-directory
Home Services Directory
Home Services Agencies provide services directly through workers providing home services for consumers primarily in their personal residences.  Services provided include assistance with activities of daily living, housekeeping, personal laundry, and companionship provided to an individual in his or her personal residence, which are intended to enable that individual to remain safely and comfortably in his or her own personal residence. 
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/hospital-report-card
Illinois Hospital Report Card
Consumers have a right to access information about the quality of health care provided in Illinois. The report card can help residents to become a more informed consumer and to make better health care choices. The public can access information on quality and safety data, nurse staffing, patient satisfaction and costs of services in hospitals and surgery centers.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/nursing-homes
Illinois Nursing Homes
Illinois has approximately 1,200 long-term care facilities serving more than 100,000 residents, from the young to the elderly. These facilities are licensed, regulated and inspected at least annually by IDPH. IDPH also assists the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with certifying these facilities for participation in federal payment reimbursement programs. IDPH also provides a listing of nursing homes and resources to help residents select nursing homes.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/manufactured-home-communities
Manufactured Home Communities (Mobile Home Parks)
IDPH has responsibilities relating to manufactured homes. To ensure quality living conditions for people who reside in manufactured home communities, IDPH licenses all parks with 5 or more sites (except those located in home rule units). Staff inspects each park annually for license renewal, at which time they check the water supply, sewage disposal system, electrical system, lighting, road conditions, spacing of homes, and garbage disposal. The IDPH staff also review plans for all new parks and any additions to existing ones.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/home-health-agencies-dir
Home Health Agencies Directory
Home Health Agencies are public agencies or private organizations that provide skilled nursing services and at least one other home health service.  The services provided to a person at his or her residence are accordance to a plan of treatment for illness or infirmity prescribed by a physician or podiatrist.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/asbestos-worker-application
Asbestos Worker Application
Workers who manage or abate asbestos in schools, commercial, or public buildings must be trained and licensed. Contractors are responsible for conducting asbestos abatement projects. All contractors who conduct asbestos abatement projects must have insurance and are required to be licensed.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/cna-application
Out of State C.N.A. Application
IDPH issues license for out of state nurse aides who wish to become certified in IL.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/cannabis-patient
Medical Cannabis Patient Application
IDPH issues Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Cards
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/hearing-instruments-dispenser
Hearing Instrument Dispenser License
For the purpose of protecting deaf and hard of hearing citizens, the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act (225 ILCS 50 see LAWS & RULES in the right-hand column) regulates the sale of hearing aids in Illinois. This law makes IDPH responsible for assessing the competency skills, by examination, of potential hearing instrument dispensers, the licensing of dispensers, responding to consumer complaints/inquiries and assuring dispenser continuing education upon license renewal.  
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/asbestos-workers
Asbestos Licensed Workers
Workers who manage or abate asbestos in schools, commercial, or public buildings must be trained and licensed. Contractors are responsible for conducting asbestos abatement projects. All contractors who conduct asbestos abatement projects must have insurance and are required to be licensed.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/swimming-facility
Swimming Facility License Application
IDPH requires the state's 3,500 swimming facilities to meet water quality and safety standards, including engineering design standards that apply to pools, spas, water supplies, bather preparation areas, and water treatment systems. IDPH enforces these rules and regulations through plan approvals and inspections. IDPH also administers a voluntary certification program for swimming facility operators.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/irrigation-contractors-application
Irrigation Contractors Registration Application
rrigation contractors install or supervise the installation of lawn sprinkler systems. Each irrigation contractor in the state of Illinois must register annually with IDPH by completing the “Irrigation Contractors: Application for Registration” form. Additionally, employers must register all employees who install or supervise installation of lawn sprinkler systems, as well as inform IDPH when employment is cancelled via the “Irrigation Contractors: Notice of Cancellation of Employment” form.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/asbestos-course-provider
Asbestos Training Course Provider Application
Workers who manage or abate asbestos in schools, commercial, or public buildings must be trained and licensed. Contractors are responsible for conducting asbestos abatement projects. All contractors who conduct asbestos abatement projects must have insurance and are required to be licensed.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/shelter-care-facilities
Shelter Care Facilities
IDPH regulates Shelter Care Facilities, which are a type of nursing home.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/foreign-nurse
Foreign Nurse Application
An individual who has successfully completed a nursing program equivalent to a LPN or RN in a foreign country and who has moved to the United States but has not taken a licensure exam cannot work as a nurse. The individual cannot work as an Illinois CNA until the registry shows that the individual has met the training requirements.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/free-standing-emergency
Free Standing Emergency Center Directory
Free Standing Emergency Treatment centers are facilities that provide comprehensive emergency treatment services 24 hours per day, on an outpatient basis.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/residential-comm
Community-Based Residential Rehabilitation Center Application
IDPH regulates Community-Based Residential Rehabilitation Centers - designated sitesthat provide rehabilitation or support, or both, for persons who have experienced severe brain injury, who are medically stable, and who no longer require acute rehabilitation care or intense medical or nursing services.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/migrant-labor-camp
Migrant Labor Camp Application
Under the migrant labor camp program, IDPH licenses camps that provide housing for 10 or more workers or 4 or more families. Facilities that provide housing for fewer individuals/families are required to comply with the standards but are not subject to licensing. IDPH staff visits each camp at least once before occupancy and once during the operating season to inspect the water supply system, sewage disposal system, food preparation facilities, general housing conditions, fire safety conditions, and vector control.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/birthing-center-application
Birthing Center Initial Application
IDPH licenses some alternative health care delivery models that are exclusively dedicated to serving the childbirth-related needs of women and their newborns and has no more than 10 beds. A birthing center is a designated site that is away from the mother's usual place of residence in which births are planned to occur following a normal, uncomplicated, and low-risk pregnancy
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/find-ph-program
Find a Public Health Program in My Community
IDPH funds a variety of programs in your community. Those programs may be offered through local health departments, community-based agencies, academic institutions or other familiar locations.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/hospital-directory
IDPH Hospital Directory
IDPH maintains a directory of all the hospitals in IL
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/campground-license
Campground License
IDPH reviews construction plans for all new campgrounds and for major expansions or alterations of existing ones.
https://www2.illinois.gov/services/IDPH/health-facilities-review
Health Facilities and Services Review Board
The Board, through its certificate of need program aimed at containing health care costs, approves or disapproves applications for construction or expansion of health care facilities to avoid unnecessary duplication of such facilities and promotes development of facilities in areas where needed.