Illinois

Illinois currently has six waivers that are open to children. All are HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waivers. Three of these programs waive parental income; three do not. View Illinois’ HCBS waiver page.

Illinois also has several adult-only waivers, including Supportive Living Program, Waiver for Adults with DD, and HCBS Waiver for Persons Who are Elderly.

Illinois Advocacy Organizations:

Programs in Illinois

HCBS WAIVER FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE MEDICALLY FRAGILE, TECHNOLOGY DEPENDENT

Also called MFTD Waiver, DSCC Waiver, DSCC Home Care Program

  • Target Population: Children who are technology dependent and medically fragile. Most children have a trach, vent, or central line.
  • Ages: 0-20; a legal settlement, Hampe v Hamos, allows adults 21+ previously in the MFTD waiver to continue receiving the same services and the state has filed an amendment to formally add this group to the waiver, thereby expanding the waiver to all ages.
  • Levels of Care: Hospital and Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 700
  • Expiration Date: 8/31/2017
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides respite, environmental accessibility adaptations, family training, medically supervised day care, nurse training, placement maintenance counseling, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals who are medically fragile and technology dependent ages 0 - 20.
  • Online State Information: HCBS Waiver Page for the MFTD Waiver
  • How to Apply: Go to Specialized Care for Children to determine your local office. Contact your local office to submit an application.
  • Waiting List: None
  • Advocacy/Support Group: MFTD Waiver Families
SUPPORT WAIVER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH DD

Also called Children's Support Waiver

  • Target Population: Children with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or autism. 
  • Ages: 3-21
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1400 (would increase to 1440 on renewal)
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2015; renewal application has been submitted and is pending
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides adaptive equipment, service facilitation, assistive technology, behavior intervention and treatment, home accessibility mods, personal support, temporary assistance, training and counseling services for unpaid caregivers, and vehicle mods for individuals w/autism, IID, DD ages 3-21.
  • Online State Information: Children's Support Waiver page
  • How to Apply: Call the helpline at 1-888-DD-PLANS or 1-866-376-8446 (TTY) or find your DHS Developmental Disability office. Call the office to submit an application and be placed on the waiting list. 
  • Waiting List: Yes, through PUNS. As of 9/16, there were 16083 children ages 0-22 with developmental disabilities on the waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
RESIDENTIAL WAIVER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH DD

Also called Children's Residential Waiver

  • Target Population: Children with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or autism who require out-of-home placement.
  • Ages: 3-21
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 280 (would increase to 295 on renewal)
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2015; renewal application has been submitted and is pending
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides child group home, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, behavior intervention and treatment for individuals w/autism, DD, IID ages 3-21.
  • Online State Information: Children's Residential Waiver page
  • How to Apply: Call the helpline at 1-888-DD-PLANS or 1-866-376-8446 (TTY) or find your DHS Developmental Disability office. Call the office to submit an application and be placed on the waiting list. 
  • Waiting List: Yes, through PUNS. As of 9/16, there were 16083 children ages 0-22 with developmental disabilities on the waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
HCBS WAIVER FOR PERSONS WITH BRAIN INJURY
  • Target Population: Persons with brain injury.
  • Ages: all
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: No, parent income is counted
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 4623
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2017
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides adult day care, day habilitation, homemaker, personal assistant, prevocational, respite, supported employment, home health aide, intermittent nursing, OT, PT, speech therapist, cognitive behavioral therapies, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, in-home shift nursing, PERS, and specialized medical equipment for individuals with brain injury, all ages.
  • Online State Information: Brain Injury Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: This waiver is part of the Home Services Program. First apply for Medicaid, and then apply for the waiver through DHS/DRS. Call 1-800-843-6154 (#3 on menu) or 1-800-447-6404 (TTY) or contact Rehabilitation Services.
  • Waiting List: none
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
HCBS WAIVER FOR PERSONS WITH HIV OR AIDS
  • Target Population: Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Ages: all
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: No, parent income is counted
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1431
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2018
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides adult day care, homemaker, personal assistant, respite, home health aide, intermittent nursing, OT, PT, speech therapy, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, in-home shift nursing, PERS, and specialized medical equipment for individuals with HIV/AIDS of all ages.
  • Online State Information: Persons with HIV/AIDS waiver page
  • How to Apply: This waiver is part of the Home Services Program. First apply for Medicaid, and then apply for the waiver through DHS/DRS. Contact DRS Statewide HIV/AIDS Unit at 708-857-2378; call 1-800-843-6154 (#3 on menu) or 1-800-447-6404 (TTY), or contact Rehabilitation Services.
  • Waiting List: none
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WAIVER
  • Target Population: Persons with physical disabilities or other health disabilities
  • Ages: 0-59 at the time of application
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: No, parent income is counted
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 38,320
  • Expiration Date: 7/11/2021
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides adult day care, homemaker, individual provider (personal assistant - non agency), respite, home health aide, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, in-home shift nursing, intermittent nursing, personal emergency response system, and specialized medical equipment for physically disabled individuals, ages 0 – 59.
  • Online State Information: Persons with Disabilities Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: This waiver is part of the Home Services Program. First apply for Medicaid, and then apply for the waiver through DHS/DRS. Call 1-800-843-6154 (#3 on menu) or 1-800-447-6404 (TTY), or contact Rehabilitation Services.
  • Waiting List: none
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.