Income Support

The following organizations are sources of financial support for general and medical needs. Many students with severe disabilities will eventually be eligible for the income and health programs under the Social Security Administration.  Specific eligibility criteria should be discussed with each organization. Sources of financial assistance for specific needs such as educational or vocational services may be listed in other sections of this guide.

Social Security Administration

www.ssa.gov

Illinois SNAP Program (Food Stamps)

www.snap-help.com

            In-Home Support/Respite

In-home supports provide services to individuals with severe disabilities so they can remain in their homes and be as independent as possible. In-home and facility-based respite care for children and adults with developmental disabilities provides temporary care of qualified individuals for families.

EP!C www.epicpeoria.org

Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services/Home Services www.dhs.state.il.us

Advocacy for Access www.advocatesforaccess.com

Guardianship

The Office of State Guardian (OSG) is the largest public guardianship agency of its kind in the United States. With cases in virtually every Illinois county, the Office of State Guardian handles the personal, financial, and legal affairs of developmentally disabled, mentally ill and elderly persons with disablilities. Numerous private practicing attorneys in central Illinois provide legal direction related to guardianship proceedings through the court.

Illinois State Guardianship www.gac.state.il.us/osg

Prairie State Legal Services www.pslegal.org

Crisis/Emergency

Central Illinois has several 24 hour response services to intervene in crisis situations, other than medical emergencies, that may involve a behavioral/emotional response to stress or chronic mental health conditions.

911

Human Service Center/Emergency Response Services www.humanservicecenter.org

Tazwood Center for Wellness/Emergency Response Services www.tazwoodcenterforwellness.org

Illinois Office of Inspector General (OIG)            

Information and Referral

211 is available on a 24-hour basis to connect residents to a wide variety of human services or social services locally and across the state. If someone needs information or referral services but has little or no prior knowledge or experience, dialing 211 is much simpler than other options. Once the person dials 211, a professional Information and Referral specialist will then either refer or connect that caller to the correct agency based on the services needed. Callers to 211 can get LIVE assistance with needs such as: food, shelter, counseling, income supports, employment, healthcare, and services for specialized populations such as the elderly and persons with disabilities and much more.

Heart of Illinois United Way 211 www.unitedway.org          www.211hoi.org

Advocacy

There are several agencies and services designed to advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families.  Advocacy services are there to help you.  They are used for consulting, are available to assist when difficult and confusing situations arise and are available to provide information on your rights.  An advocate can be a great support for an individual with a disability and their families.  When choosing an Advocacy Service/Agency remember to inquire about their expertise, fees and how their assistance is provided (e.g. hands on assistance vs. telephone consultation).

Easterseals Central Illinois www.easterseals.com/ci/

Advocated for Access  www.advocatesforaccess.com       

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Human Rights Authority www.gac.state.il.us

Equip for Equality www.equipforequality.org

Illinois Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Mental Health Services/Counseling

DHS / Division of Mental Health (DMH):

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29763

DHS / DMH Recovery Support Services:

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=36696

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Illinois Mental Health Collaborative: www.illinoismentalhealthcollaborative.com

Human Service Center    www.humanservicecenter.org

Mental Health America of Illinois Valley  www.mhaiv.org

Tazwood Center for Wellness  www.tazwoodcenterforwellness.org

Antioch Group  www.antiochgroup.com

Agape  www.agapecounselors.net

Unity Point Methodist Behavioral Health  www.unitypoint.org

OSF St. Francis Medical Center Behavioral Health  www.osfsaintfrancis.org

Associates in Mental Health www.aimh.com

Other Resources

Many adult services do not fit into a specific category and have therefore been identified below

Central Illinois Down Syndrome Association   www.cidso.org

NAMI Illinois    www.il.nami.org

Autism Society of America-Central Illinois Chapter    www.asacic.org   www.autismpeoria.com

Ray and Kathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy   www.lahoodcenterforcp.com

Camp Big Sky  www.campbigsky.org