The Ligas Family Advocate Program (LFAP) provides broad outreach to adults and families throughout Illinois who are selected from the PUNS or notified in advance of a future PUNS selection. We connect you to the information you need to make smart, informed decisions for home and community-based funding and services, helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their fullest lives.
The Ligas Family Advocate Program is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
With a wealth of experience and understanding, we support you in navigating the adult developmental disabilities system, uncovering outside-the-box solutions and help you to avoid confusion at every step of the process.
No matter what stage you are in, our team will provide assistance plans for maximum success.
Prepare for the pre-admission screening process with your Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agency.
Meet other families and build a broader support network through informative workshops and events.
LFAs will support you in connecting to your Independent Service Coordination Agency, which is a key step in accessing adult disability services.
You must be an adult (18 and above) in Illinois, have an intellectual disability or other developmental disability, qualify for Medicaid Waiver services and:
Family advocates work to empower individuals and their families with the information they need to make informed choices. We understand the system can be confusing, which is why we provide the necessary tools and connections to ensure you and your family get the support you deserve.
DHS 2021 Consumer Handbook on Home-based Services
Selecting a Community Day Service Program
Learn What a Ligas Family Can Do For You
Planning for DD Services
Selecting a Self Direction Assistant
Flowchart From PUNS Enrollment to DD Waiver Services
The Ligas Family Advocate program began as a pilot project in 2014 funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services in response to a need for consistent statewide information about waiver options for PUNS selectees after implementation of the Ligas Consent Decree in 2011. “Ligas” is the last name of the lead plaintiff, Stanley, a man living with Down syndrome, who sued the State to access a community-based, non-institutional living option. We offer information and support to those beginning the process to become eligible for the Medicaid waiver for adults with DD in Illinois so they may make informed choices.
We know how to help because we’ve been in your shoes. We are family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, and we understand the need for assistance in making informed choices about living and service options.
Together, we can direct you to the resources you need.
“Thank you, LFA so very much for taking time to share a wealth of information with me. I am just so happy that this process looks so very positive.
I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to know that there are individuals such as yourself that are very tenacious and have seen this project come to fruition. I am excited and am so looking forward to this opportunity opening up for my son.”