Good Afternoon,

QUICK NOTES

  • Per IDPH, the preliminary seven-day statewide COVID-19 positivity for cases as a percent of total test from January 28 – February 3, 2022 is 5.8%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from January 28 – February 3, 2022 is 8.0%.

GOVERNOR’S INTRODUCED BUDGET RELEASED

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Governor Pritzker announced his proposed FY 23 budget. The budget included another historic increase for DD funded services. Please note: The budget must be passed by the Illinois General Assembly and rate increases must be approved by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The broad overview of the proposed budget for DDD is below:

  • Guidehouse Rate Study Increases ($140M)
    • $45.0M – Annualized cost (encumbrance) of FY 22 provider rate increases that took effect 1/1/22
    • $94.8M* – $1.00 an hour rate increase for DSPs, CILA Rate Calculator, ICF Residential components effective 1/1/23
  • $26M – 700 new PUNS placements (as required by the Ligas Consent Decree)
  • $15.5M – 5.9% increase in the Home-Based program liability (required by Illinois Statute based on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) increase effective 1/1/22)
  • $28M – 2% COLA effective for DDD grants, ISCs, CGHs, CCIs and CLFs effective 1/1/23 and temporary funding for the DD service delivery system (COVID support, enhanced FMAP, TBD)

*Note: Will require an additional $94.8M investment for FY 24

SST EXPANSION

Over the past several years the Division has received youth referrals for the Support Services Team (SST) despite funding being prioritized for adults. The Division is pleased to announce an expansion on our SST contract with the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network to allow for dedicated youth referrals. This support is specifically for youth that are experiencing challenges in their home or children’s group home placement. Youth must be referred through their Independent Service Coordination agency for support.

ROCS BILLING INFORMATION

As of today, Friday, February 4, 2022, there will be a new version of ROCS available for download (Version 6.11).  As providers begin billing for January services, the Division would like to remind everyone that in order to bill under the new bill codes and rates, providers will need to download this newest version of ROCS.  This is an update from the recently released version (Version 6.10) and will include all updates to bill codes and rates.  If you have questions about the new bill codes, please contact the Division.  If you have questions or issues uploading the new version of ROCS, please contact DoIT: Springfield: 217-524-DoIT (217-524-3648) Chicago: 312-814-DoIT (312-814-3648)

PROPOSED CHANGES TO RULE 115 WITHDRAWN

The Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Bureau of Accreditation, Licensure, and Certification want to notify stakeholders that the proposed changes to Rule 115 have been temporarily withdrawn from the Administrative rulemaking process. We intend to re-file First Notice of Rule 115 in the near future.  As you may know, not only were significant changes proposed to Rule 115, but substantial feedback was received during the First Notice period, and additional important changes made based on that feedback. Because of the number and impact of changes and in order to provide sufficient review time for all involved, it was recommended that stakeholders have the opportunity to review the rule and previously incorporated changes during a new First Notice period. We are hopeful that the new rulemaking process will take substantially less time, as much of the previous feedback will be incorporated into the new First Notice proposed rule or it will be made clear that it will be addressed, separately.

NEW NOFOs RELEASED

Earlier this week, the Division announced the release of four new Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs). We encourage both current and potential applicants to review the opportunities below and apply. The Division is also offering a technical assistance session for interested applicants to ask questions about these 4 NOFOs.

Technical Assistance Session

Date:  Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Webinar Link:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/j.php?RGID=ra0edf2984b36a56aed9c1f033ad2d62b

Dental Program (444-24-0829):  https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=140546

Epilepsy (444-24-0830):  https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=140545

Family Advocate (444-24-1506):  https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=140495

Latinx Outreach (444-24-1508):  https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=140547

ICDD LEGISLATION, POLICY & ADVOCACY WEBINAR

Please join the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities on February 28, 2022, from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm for an overview of proposed bills in the 2022 Illinois General Assembly that are relevant to the Developmental Disability community in Illinois. The webinar is open to all. Register here or for more information, use this link. Attendees will receive updates and information on the State of Illinois proposed budget, introduced legislation (both State and Federal) and advocacy tips and strategies.

SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING ACT

The Supported Decision-Making Act for Persons with I/DD becomes effective in February 2022.  The Guardianship and Advocacy Commission’s Supported Decision-Making webpage just went live with training available for individuals with I/DD and Supporters.

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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