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  1. Article number 1 - Welcome
  2. Article number 2 - Adult Protective Services
  3. Article number 3 - Community Care Program
  4. Article number 4 - Senior Health Insurance Program
  5. Article number 5 - Fiscal Year 2016 Introduced Budget
  •  The Illinois Department on Aging helps older adults live independentlyWelcome

    The Illinois Department on Aging helps older adults live independently in their own homes and communities. As the population ages, services and programs for older adults must evolve as well because longevity means more when quality of life is enhanced. To best serve older adults, we must also serve their families and teach younger people about the realities of aging, so many of our programs have an intergenerational emphasis. Working with Area Agencies on Aging, community-based service providers and older adults themselves, the Illinois Department on Aging strives to improve quality of life for current and future generations of older Illinoisans.

  •  Report AbuseAdult Protective Services

    ​Effective July 1, 2013, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will handle all reports of alleged abuse against persons with disabilities aged 18-59 who live in domestic (non-institutional) settings. Pursuant to Public Act 98-0049, this responsibility transferred to IDoA from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of the Inspector General. In addition, IDoA continues to respond to reports of alleged abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of persons 60 years of age and older living in the community.


    To report suspected abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, please call the statewide 24-hour Adult Protective Services Hotline (formerly the Elder Abuse Hotline) at 1-866-800-1409.

  •  Community Care ProgramCommunity Care Program

    Helps older adults stay independent in their homes and communities.  CCP provides an alternative to nursing home care and services include adult day, in-home and emergency response services.

  •  Senior Health Insurance Program

    The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) transferred from the Illinois Department of Insurance to the Department on Aging effective April 1, 2013. SHIP provides outreach and counseling to help Medicare beneficiaries navigate their healthcare options.

  •  BudgetFiscal Year 2016 Introduced Budget

    The Department coordinates with 13 Area Agencies on Aging and hundreds of contracted provider organizations at the local level to ensure home and community services are delivered to prevent older adults from prematurely entering nursing homes.  More than 95 percent of the budget is outsourced to community-based organizations to meet our statutory mandate of providing appropriate services to older adults.

IDOA Features

HIGHLIGHTS:

Governor's Volunteer Service Awards 2016
Nominations Now Being Accepted through January 29th

No Wrong Door (NWD) Listening Sessions Findings Final Report - 1.11.2016 

No Wrong Door (NWD) System - Online Listening Session - 9.22.2015

Ombudsman Program
The IDOA Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has been advocating for the rights of seniors and adults with disabilities since 1980. This video provides information to increase awareness about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and the recent expansion of ombudsman advocacy into the community.

STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN

In March 2015, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) published a draft Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the State's compliance with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule 42 CFR 441.301(c)(iii).  This rule requires that all federally approved 1915(c) waiver settings meet new federal requirements defining home and community-based settings.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) in collaboration with the Illinois Departments on Aging (IDoA) and Human Services (DHS) and its Divisions of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and Rehabilitative Services (DRS) have revised the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan in response to the Clarifications and/or Modifications required for Initial Approval (CMIA) correspondence from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  This correspondence notified Illinois that public comment, input and summary requirements are met, but CMS has identified issues that must be resolved in the Statewide Transition Plan prior to initial approval. 

The State of Illinois is seeking public comment on the revised Statewide Transition Plan for a period of 30 days beginning on December 4, 2015 and ending on January 3, 2016.  Although the public comment period will end on January 3, 2016, the department will continue to accept comments through January 18, 2016.  Providers are encouraged to share this information with their residents, representatives, and other interested parties.  The next submittal of the transition plan to CMS is scheduled for March 2016.

Comments on the revised Statewide Transition Plan may be submitted on this site http://www.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalClients/HCBS/Transition/Pages/default.aspx.  Written comments should be mailed to:

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
ATTN: Waiver Management
201 South Grand Avenue East, 2FL
Springfield, IL 62763

Persons who are unable to access the internet may request a hard copy of the revised Statewide Transition Plan by calling HFS at (217) 524-4148.

Revised Statewide Transition Plan
http://www.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/RevisedStatewideTransitionPlan.pdf 

Public Notice
http://www.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/NoticeofPublicCommentfor%20RevisedSTP.pdf

BENEFIT ACCESS PROGRAM

Renewal Applications are now on our website for individuals that are within 90 days of their expiration date.