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Residential Services for Children and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Operating Agency:

Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DHS-DDD)

Eligible Population:

Children and young adults with developmental disabilities ages 3 through 21 who are at risk of placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD)

Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. Citizen or legal alien

Resident of the State of Illinois or residing within the State.

Enrolled in Medicaid

Family income is waived, but the child’s financial resources are considered for Medicaid eligibility.

Ages 3 through 21

Assessed as eligible for an institutional level of care for persons with intellectual disabilities or conditions similar to intellectual disabilities.

Not in need of 24-hour nursing care.

Must be in need of children’s residential waiver supports.

How to Access Services:

Point of Entry – Preadmission Screening/Independent Service Coordination (PAS/ISC) Agencies. These agencies can be contacted:       

Developmental Disabilities Helpline: 1-888-DD-PLANS or 1-866-376-8446 (TTY)

Local offices can be found using DHS Office Locator  
Or Call: 1-800-843-6154 (#4 on menu) or 1-800-447-6404 (TTY)

Information regarding services available to persons with developmental disabilities and their families from the State of Illinois

Services: (Descriptions)

  • Child Group Home
  • Behavior Intervention and Treatment
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Assistive Technology

**Medicaid waiver funding does not pay for room and board.

Medicaid Agency Contact Information

HFS Bureau of Long Term Care
1915 (c) Home and Community-Based Waiver Administrative Section

Phone:  1-217-557-1868

HFS Home and Community Based Services Waiver Programs

Service Descriptions

Child Group Home: Case management and individually tailored services that assist with the acquisition, retention, or improvement in skills related to living in the community. This also includes personal care and protective oversight and supervision.

Behavior Intervention and Treatment: Includes ongoing behavioral assessment, functional analysis, development of positive intervention strategies and techniques, participation in individual support plan development, training of family, direct support and other workers on the specifics of the individual's plan, and monitoring the effectiveness of the interventions.

Adaptive Equipment: Includes devices, controls or appliances that enable participants to increase their ability to perform activities on daily living; and devices, controls or appliances that enable participants to perceive, control, access or communicate with the environment in which they live.

Assistive Technology: An item, piece of equipment, or product system used to increase, maintain, or improve the ability of the person to be more independent. Assistive technology service directly assists a participant in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device.

Home and Community Based Services Waiver Programs

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JB Pritzker, Governor • Theresa Eagleson, Director

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