PUNS – The Basics

From The Arc of Illinois Family to Family
Health Information & Education Center

  • PUNS stands for Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services.
  • PUNS is a list of the people in Illinois with developmental disabilities who need
  • PUNS is for everyone who may need help from the government to pay for
    developmental disability services now or in the future.
  • PUNS is the first step toward getting services in Illinois. If you are not on the
    PUNS list, you are not on the waiting list for services.
  • To get on PUNS, you need to set up a date to meet with a Pre-Admission
    Screener. These screeners will ask questions about you and your needs. These
    questions are part of the PUNS survey. All screeners work for Independent
    Service Coordination Agencies or ISC’s. To get on the PUNS list, you must have
    a developmental disability. If you don’t know if you have a developmental
    disability, the screener will help you.
  • To find your ISC, you can call Illinois Life Span at 1-800-588-7002. You can also
    call DHS at 1-888-DD-PLANS.
  • When your PUNS survey is done, you are on the list. This doesn’t mean that you
    will get the services you need. It just means that you have made the first step.
  • Some of the services that people may need are:
    • In-Home Supports
    • Respite Care
    • Job Coaches
    • Group Homes
    • And many others
  • There is not enough money to give everyone in Illinois the services they need.
    Right now, many people are working on a fair way to choose who gets services.
  • Don’t forget to update your PUNS form every year. Only people (families) who
    have completed the PUNS – and keep it updated – have a chance of getting
    “picked” to receive services.
  • If you have questions or need help, you can call Illinois Life Span at 1-800-588-
    7002 or visit the website at www.illinoislifespan.org
  • If you want more information about PUNS or Home-Based Services, go to the
    Family Support Network website at www.familysupportnetwork.org