Greetings Fellow Advocates…
This year the Home-Based Support Services Program is enjoying incredible new growth.

Very soon, the DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will be mailing letters to about 400 individuals inviting them to enroll in the Home-Based Support Services Program. These letters are IN ADDITION to the approximately 400 letters that were mailed in February.  We also know that as many as 200 individuals have enrolled this year through the “Crisis” criteria.
This is such exciting news and the result of the hard work of so many wonderful advocates. THANKS to all of you!
This fall, three more “Dreaming New Dreams; The Home-Based Support Services Programs” Seminars have been scheduled in:
Peoria on Sept. 19th,
Chicago on Oct. 10th,
Mt. Vernon on Nov. 28th.
The Home-Based Support Services Programs offer a wide range of opportunities. Yet we so easily become mired in what we have always known and the details of “i” dotting and “t” crossing. Michele Westmaas and I will attempt to provide you strategies for thinking anew about how to use the programs, detailed information about the funded services within the program, and opportunities to learn from staff from DHS/DD, ACES$ and PPL.
For more information please go to this link: Scroll to the date and site most interesting to you.
Please forward this e-mail… or copy and share the brochure you may access through the link above…

Especially those of you who work for our Case Coordination Agencies or as Service Facilitators. Please forward this to families and individuals enrolled in either the Adult or Children’s Home-Based Support Services Programs. We’d like to get the word so that as many as possible have an opportunity to attend what we believe is an excellent training. THANKS!!!
Does the cost of this training make it difficult for you to attend?

This  training can be paid for with your Home-Based Support Services funding if you are a  “largely unpaid” caregiver for a person enrolled in the programs. The Arc of Illinois is an approved “Medicaid” provider. Just remember that the training must be written in as part of the Individual’s Service Plan for the month you would like to attend.

ALSO, Consumer Stipend Project funded by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities can help. This project is administered by The Arc of Illinois and more information can be found at

Please join us as we “Dream New Dreams” for people with disabilities all across Illinois…
See you in this fall!
Charlotte Cronin and Michele Westmaas

Please support our Arc Corporate Sponsor ACES$

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)