Good Afternoon,

I am so unbelievably proud to announce the Competitive Integrated Employment Capacity (CIEC) grant recipients below. This funding opportunity was the brainchild of the Employment Training Subcommittee of the Ligas Oversight Committee, which I chaired. As you all know, I am passionate about expanding employment opportunities for individuals with I/DD and I’m so hopeful that this grant will support these organizations to build robust employment programs. I am overwhelmed with joy by this announcement and can’t wait to see the impact!

QUICK NOTES

  • Remember to register for the Health Sexuality Webinar on April 27, 2022 and register for Communications Support Needs and Accessibility for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind Community on May 25, 2022.
  • ICPN’s 2022 annual conference is being offered virtually and there is no cost to attend! There will be four sessions between April 27 through May 18, 2022. Register here.
  • Reminder that we have weekly HCBS Settings communications and a dedicated Setting webpage, were you can find all of the past communications and additional resources. Please check it out.

FY23 BUDGET QUESTIONS OFFICE HOURS

We’ve learned through our Settings work that our Settings office hours have been a huge success! We have decided to use this same platform for other purposes. I will be holding a FY 2023 Budget Questions Office Hours on Thursday, April 27 from 10:30am to 11:15am. No need to register just click the link to join!

COMPETITIVE INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT CAPACITY (CIEC) GRANT

The Division is thrilled to provide an update on the CIEC grant. Posted as a competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) at the end of 2021, this grant seeks to lay a foundation of sustainable growth and success for agencies who are committed to developing a skilled workforce of professionals dedicated to assisting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to enter, and remain in, the workforce. It is my absolute pleasure to announce that, following a rigorous review of applications, 11 agencies (8 of whom are active 14c Certificate holders) will be funded through this endeavor. Each of the selected agencies will attack the high rate of unemployment for persons with I/DD through a combination of training, technical assistance, collaboration, outreach, placement and support. With statewide representation, these agencies will be increasing access to and supports for individuals with I/DD to explore and obtain competitive integrated employment. Congratulations to the following CIEC grant recipients!

  • Ada S McKinley
  • Centerstone
  • Coleman Tri-County
  • ComWell
  • Gateway to Learning
  • Illinois Valley Industries
  • KCCDD
  • Kreider Services
  • Marcfirst
  • Shore Community Services
  • The Hope School

 

COMMUNITY DAY SERVICES (CDS) BILLING ISSUES

For the past couple of weeks several providers have reported receiving lower reimbursements for some of the people they serve under the bill codes CDS – Community (31C) and/or CDS – Facility (31U).  We have been researching the problem and believe the erroneous rate problem for 31C and 31U has been fixed in the CRS payment system.  All CDS providers are advised to check their MOBIUS Remittance Reports for correct rates and reimbursements.  Specifically, CDS providers should check billing and reimbursements for January, February, and March 2022. CDS providers should rebill if their reimbursements are incorrect. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

People with disabilities who are looking for work can attend the State of Illinois Virtual Career Fair: Explore Possibilities and Options virtual event on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 10am to noon hosted by the Division of Rehabilitation Services. RSVP to Carliss Jackson at carliss.jackson@illinois.gov.

 

Warmly,

Allison V. Stark

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities

Illinois Department of Human Services

600 East Ash-Building 400, Springfield, IL  62703

Tel:  (217) 782 -6803

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