Supported Living Services is a new program developed by the
Office of Developmental Disabilities (Illinois Department of Human
Services) that offers an array of services and supports to adults
diagnosed with a developmental disability (DD). DD is defined as
mental retardation with an IQ of 69 or lower, cerebral palsy, autism
The SLS program is targeting young adults who have exited special
education within the past five years. Persons must have aged out
of special education services, therefore should be twenty-one or
The SLS money is designated for individuals with significant disabilities
including those who may be served by the Office of Rehabilitation
Services (ORS). It is intended to pay for programs such as developmental
training and sheltered workshops. Please see below for services.
It is essential that parents apply for and obtain a Medicaid number
prior to applying for SLS services. Please refer to Medicaid.
- Each individual enrolled in this new program may receive an
array of services and supports (listed below) up to a maximum
cost of $1,500 per month.
- Individuals enrolled in SLS may not receive any other DHS-funded
developmental disability services, except Vocational Rehabilitation
services from DHS' Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS). All
current and future services received must be included in the SLS
array within the SLS dollar cost maximum.
(services are subject to an overall maximum of $1,500 per month)
- "SLS Team Leader" services (to develop and coordinate the service
- Skilled nursing
- Behavioral Services, Therapy, and Counseling from a Licensed
- Direct Support Worker
- Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapies
- Developmental Training, Supported Employment or Adult Day Care
- Transportation (limited to no more than $500 per month)
Individuals who meet all of the following criteria are eligible
- Age 18 or older
- Resident of Illinois living in Illinois
- Eligible for Medicaid in Illinois
- Diagnosed as having a developmental disability
- Determined by the local Pre-Admission Screening agency (PAS)
to need continuous supports and services (ICFDD level of care)
for the developmental disability, and
- Need an array of services to remain in the home and avoid or
delay residential services.
DHS is giving service priority to eligible persons who have been
- Individuals who are currently not receiving any support services
from the Office of DD or the Office of Rehabilitation Services,
except respite or federally funded vocational rehabilitation services,
- Individuals who have exited special education within the last
- Individuals who are living with only one caregiver.
Contact the Pre-Admission Screening agency
(PAS = Community Alternatives: 773-867-1000) in your area for more
information and applications. Capacity is limited, since there are
limited available slots within a geographic area.