Sign Up for Services

Registering with the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database is the first and most important step you and your family can take to receive assistance now or within the next five years.

What is the Illinois PUNS Program & Database?

PUNS (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services) is a database of Illinois infants, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities who have needs for developmental disability services or supports. The PUNS database helps us identify and plan for your immediate needs.

How do I sign-up for placement in the PUNS database?

Individuals, along with their primary care giver and/or guardian, must meet face-to-face with a pre-admission screener at their local coordination agency to fill out an Illinois PUNS registration form.

The individual must provide information on their medical condition, living arrangement and need for new, additional or different services. This will allow the pre-admission screener, on behalf of the State, to determine whether the person's needs are fully served, and if not, to categorize the need for developmental disabilities services. Your information will then be entered into the PUNS database.

You can also call the Developmental Disabilities Hotline at 1-888-DD-PLANS and 1-866-376-8446 (TTY) to assist you with the process.

Note: Completion of a PUNS form does not guarantee eligibility for services or the provision of services, but it does make sure that the State is aware of individual need for services.

What assistance can I receive if I sign up for PUNS?

  • In-home Supports
  • Respite Care
  • Job Coaches
  • Residential Living Arrangements
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Other Supports

Even though resources are limited, the State works hard to make sure services are allocated as fairly and efficiently as possible, and they are continuously looking for new ways to increase access to assistance for those who are in need.

How do I find an Independent Service Coordination Agency in my area?

To find an Independent Service Coordination Agency in your area you can call the Division of Developmental Disabilities Hotline at 1-888-DD-PLANS and 1-866-376-8446 (TTY), or you can click here to find a local coordination agency in your area.