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We hope that you will find the information below helpful. This is a great place to begin to answer many questions you may have. Please contact us for additional information or clarification.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) assists individuals and their families to live healthy and independent lifestyles.

Central Illinois Service Access (CISA) “Provides support to individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Their services include advocacy and education, an early intervention program, adult activity center and community living services with in-home supports.” CISA is an agency that views applications and notifies us if there is a candidate for which we could support. Homes of Hope does not take applications for viewing or placement, it is done through CISA. Here are some starting points and guidelines for your convenience.

  • The individual must be 18 years of age and out of school
  • The individual must be on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) list
  • The individual must be working with a Pre-Admission Screening Agency (PAS) agent
  • Additional questions may be answered via phone (309) 862-0607

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) ”The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities. If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO) was established in 1974 as a non-profit organization advocating for families and individuals who had been touched by Down syndrome. CIDSO provides support for families in many ways including; resources to help guide them, educational opportunities, social support and creating public awareness for Down syndrome individuals.