• Remember to register for Communications Support Needs and Accessibility for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind Community on May 25, 2022.
  • 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. See below for our webinar specifically for individuals receiving services!
  • Remember to check out the new Information Bulletins here!


Earlier this year, the Division of Developmental Disabilities engaged UIC to collect feedback, survey stakeholders and identify areas where we could strengthen the person-centered planning process.  The result is An Evaluation of Person-Centered Planning in Illinois Adult DD Waiver Services.  The Division requests that our ISCs and provider agencies attend the upcoming training series on the person-centered planning process. We also encourage individuals, families and other interested stakeholders to attend as interested.

Person-Centered Report and Overview of the Person-Centered Planning Process

Thursday, May 26, 10 am-12 pm

This webinar will highlight the work to gather information regarding the current person-centered planning process and the subsequent recommendations.  In addition, it will cover an overview of the updated person-centered planning process and purpose. Register here:


Review of the Discovery Tool Template

Thursday, June 2, 1-2:30 pm

This webinar will review the updates to the Discovery Process and Tool, highlighting what is new and clarifying the purpose of each section of the tool. Register here:


Review of the Personal Plan Template

Thursday, June 9, 1-2:30 pm

This webinar will review the updates to the Personal Plan template and clarify its role within the person-centered planning process. Register here: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/j.php?RGID=r355d5162edbc865f14f75327a651470e

Review of the Implementation Strategies Template

Thursday, June 16, 1-2:30 pm

This webinar will share the changes to the Implementation Strategies completed by providers and discuss its role within the person-centered planning process. Register here: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/j.php?RGID=r5768a57928cc6dc80541de235343f52c


I’m sad to report that Cynthia SchierlSpreen, Bureau Chief of Bureau of Quality Management, will be leaving the Division of Developmental Disabilities effective May 31, 2022. Sandra Ross, Assistant Bureau Chief, will serve as the Interim Bureau Chief until we have a replacement. She will oversee operations and work in concert with Joy Decker and the BQM team to ensure a smooth transition. Please join me in thanking Cyndi for all her hard work and dedication to the Division over the past two years! Please direct BQM questions to Emily Hughes at emily.hughes@illinois.gov who will connect you to the right person!


Providers have requested a standard nursing assessment from the Division.  We are currently reviewing a number of nursing assessments to find a document that meets the Division’s needs.  If you would like the Division to consider your organization’s nursing assessment for the Division’s standard template, please email your template to Jennifer.gentile@illinois.gov.


The National Core Indicators-IDD Staff Stability Survey is open for provider input. To date, we’ve only had 28 providers complete! The survey invite link has been sent directly to providers who employ direct support professionals (DSP) serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 18 and older. The information you provide is important to state policy-makers and advocates who will use the data to guide decisions. The survey asks about the status of your DSP workforce between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. This year’s opportunity to be heard on this important issue will close June 30, 2022.


Applications are now open for The Illinois Virtual Leadership Institute! Starting June 9, this three-week online intensive leadership development program is designed for seasoned and emerging Illinois leaders. To apply, you may work in areas of executive leadership, management, or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Illinois. Applications are due by May 20, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Thanks to funding from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, all applicants are eligible for a scholarship for the full amount of the fee.  You can apply here.


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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