The Life Choices Project, which is an investment of the Illinois Council on
Developmental Disabilities
, is going to recommend some important changes in the
Developmental Disability System next week. The project brings together national
experts, staff from the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Council and
advocates moving our system to a Person Centered System advocating for the

I thought you would be interested in some of the recommendations to be made
next week to Director Casey and the Division.

Support Coordination Enhancement
Intake & DD Eligibility
Profile & Provider Selection

Background information on the Life Choices Project follows.



The intention of the Life Choices Project is to build upon the existing system in a
manner which enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the six key functions
within the developmental disability system. These functions include:

  1. Intake and developmental disability eligibility determination
  2. Prioritization of the Urgent Needs for Services (PUNS)/Waiting List
  3. Waiver Eligibility and Enrollment
  4. Individual Profile Development
  5. Service and Provider Selection
  6. Service Monitoring
Vision Statement

All children and adults with developmental disabilities living in Illinois receive high
quality services guided by a person-centered plan that maximizes individual
choice and flexibility in the most integrated setting possible. All areas of the State
have available a full array of services that meet the needs of children and adults
with developmental disabilities living in their local communities regardless of
intensity or severity of need. There is no waiting list for services.


For all individuals with developmental disabilities in Illinois to:

  • be healthy and safe
  • have real relationships with family and friends
  • have a paying job if they want to work
  • make decisions about their lives
  • have opportunities to contribute to their community

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)