I have now been here at the Division for just over a month. It has been a whirlwind of meeting Division staff, individuals and families receiving services, and providers, touring SODCs, and learning about all the great work being done within the Division. Thank you for the welcome I have received since I arrived. I look forward to meeting many more of you through the stakeholder meetings I have on my schedule in the coming weeks and months. There is much to be done and I look forward to working with all of you to continue to improve the continuum of care provided to and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across this State. Please do not hesitate to contact me or the Division with any questions or comments. We are here to partner with you in this critically important work.

Tonya Piephoff
Director
IDHS Division of Developmental Disabilities

ISC NOFO FEEDBACK SESSIONS  

As stakeholders are aware, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will be issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) this fiscal year for the Independent Service Coordination (ISC) program. Ahead of the release of the NOFO, DDD is hosting four (4) feedback sessions including two (2) for providers and two (2) for families so that the most relevant topics for each group can be discussed in each unique session. The purpose of the sessions is to allow stakeholders to share thoughts on the ISC grant program to help DDD make it the best program possible. Please see below for the 4 feedback sessions and to which group each session is aimed. If you have any questions, please contact DDD at DHS.DDDComments@illinois.gov.

Family Feedback Session #1  
Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Register: Registration Link

Family Feedback Session #2 
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register: Registration Link

Provider Feedback Session #1  
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2023
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Register: Registration Link

Provider Feedback Session #2  
Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Register: Registration Link

EVV LIVE-IN CAREGIVER EXEMPTION UPDATE 

Earlier this week, DDD released a final Information Bulletin regarding the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Live-In Caregiver Exemption process including the English and Spanish versions of the Live-In Caregiver Attestation form. DDD will be hosting a training on the process and the Attestation form on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. The training will be recorded and posted on the DDD EVV webpage. Please see below for links to all documents as well as the registration link to the upcoming training. If you have questions, please reach out to the DDD EVV email address at DHS.DDDEVV@illinois.gov.

  • Information Bulletin: IDHS: Live in Caregiver Exemption (state.il.us)
    Live-In Caregiver Attestation Forms:
    English
    Spanish
  • NOTE: Once you’ve completed the Live-in Caregiver Attestation form, you will submit it to the Personal Support Worker (PSW) Agency or ACES$, whichever you use for purchasing PSW services.
  • Live-In Caregiver Exemption Process and Form Training
    Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2023
    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Register: Registration Link

HCBS SETTINGS RULE INFORMATION BULLETINS 

Earlier this week, DDD released four (4) Draft Information Bulletins for public comment. Please see below for links to each of the Bulletins. Comments can be submitted until Monday, July 31, 2023, to DHS.DDDComments@illinois.gov.

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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