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DDD SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM EXPANSION TO SODCs IN JANUARY!  

Aligned with the idea that all individuals with disabilities are capable of employment, DDD is excited to share the expansion of its Supported Employment Program (SEP) to residents of Illinois’ seven (7) SODCs. The structure of DDD SODC SEP will be very similar to the long-term employment supports currently available to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waiver recipients and will allow SODC residents the opportunity to secure the services and supports necessary to sustain Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE). DDD welcomes all interested stakeholders to take part in 1 of 2 webinars designed to educate participants on the DDD SODC SEP model, including eligibility, request process, authorization, and utilization. Registration is required for the webinars (the two webinars will present the same information).

Supported Employment Program for SODC Residents Webinar Options

Wednesday, 12/20/23: 11:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, 12/27/23: 1:00pm-2:00pm

UPDATED DDD FORMS FOR USE 

DDD has made the following updates to its forms and processes:

Questions about these changes can be directed to Nikki Carnes-Peter (Nikki.Carnes-Peter@illinois.gov).

DDD TRANSFORMATION UPDATES 

Choate Provider Expo:  
On Saturday, December 9, 2023, Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center hosted a provider expo. The expo was a great success seeing participation from 16 provider organizations, SICCS (the local ISC agency), and 67 Choate residents in attendance. Thank you to SICCS and the providers as well as Equip for Equality, the ARC, the Self-Advocacy Alliance and the Friends of Choate for participating! Please keep an eye out for information in the New Year on provider expos at the other six (6) SODCs.

Choate Transitions:  

  • Individual Transitions: To date, 24 resident transitions have been completed:
    • 6 transitioned to Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) settings,
    • 3 transitioned to their family home,
    • 15 transitioned to other SODCs.
  • Camera Installation: To date, 244 indoor cameras have been installed across Choate Developmental Center.

HEALTH RISK SCREENING TOOL UPDATE 

Starting January 1, 2024, DDD will be able to exchange Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) data with IntellectAbility directly. This impacts residential CILA providers in the following ways:

  1. Residential CILA providers will not have to manually enter in initial demographic information for new admissions. The DDD will be able to push this information to IntellectAbility on a weekly basis.
  1. When an individual changes agencies, the individual’s historical data will be shared with the new agency.

If you have questions about the HRST or need assistance in gaining access, please reach out directly to IntellectAbility via email: ilsupport@ReplacingRisk.com.

RULE 116 SURVEYS FOR COMMUNITY DAY SERVICES 

In 2018, Rule 116 (59 Illinois Administrative Code 116) was revised to allow Community Day Services (CDS) providers to utilize authorized direct support professionals (ADSPs) to pass medications. For the CDS sites that utilize ADSPs to pass medications, DDD will resume surveying CDS sites for compliance with Rule 116. Please see the Information Bulletin, Administration of Medications by Direct Support Staff in Community Day Services Programs for more guidance.

The information contained herein should not be considered a substitute for the appropriate official statutes, rules, regulations, or the advice of legal counsel. 

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