The Community Access Coordination provides the following:

  • Determination of service eligibility for state and local services including day programs, residential programs, and other community supports
  • Advocacy for all service needs including educational advocacy for children and adolescents receiving special education services
  • Assistance in the development of an individual service plan
  • Monitoring of individual service plans to ensure implementation as well as health and safety of the individual in their home or community setting

 

Case Coordination

The process of obtaining community services for persons with developmental disabilities can be a difficult maze to navigate.  Option & Advocacy’s Community Access Coordination program provides the central connection between the individual and community services.  Our service coordinators will assist persons who are residents of McHenry County, and who are seeking residential, day programs, and vocational services.

Services Include:

  • Intake
  • Gather information and assessments needed to determine eligibility for services and for referral to service providers
  • Identify choices available to the person with disabilities
  • Service Planning & Reviews
  • Initiate referral process with the goal of acceptance into programming
  • Secure funding from relevant state departments for residential and other services
  • Coordinate visits and meetings with potential providers
  • Complete all required funding and authorization forms, or assure their completion by the appropriate party
  • Education for individuals and community
  • Crisis Intervention

 

Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services – PUNS

  • Enrollment in the PUNS waiting list is a very important service that we provide at Options & Advocacy.  PUNS is a statewide database that tracks individuals who have indicated various types of support needs due to a developmental disability. It also serves as the state-wide waiting list the State of Illinois uses to select people for services.
  • PUNS can be completed for anyone in Illinois with a developmental disability who has an unmet service need anticipated in the next five years.  PUNS is for infants, children, adolescents, and adults.  Options & Advocacywill complete a PUNS enrollment form for anyone who lives in McHenry County and has a developmental disability.
  • You can also get more information on PUNS from the Illinois Department of Human Services at: http://www.dd.illinois.gov/SignUp.cfm

 

Pre-Admission Screening

For persons and families seeking community residential and day services, Pre-Admission Screening is the first step.  O&A provides this service to residents of McHenry County who have a developmental disability.

This program will complete an eligibility screening to determine if a person meets the criteria for state funded services.  We will also identify which services a person is eligible for, and link them to available programs.

Services include:

  • Gather information and assessments needed to determine eligibility for services and for referral to services providers
  • Complete state-mandated screening
  • Identify choices available to the person with disabilities
  • Secure funding from relevant state departments for residential and other services
  • Coordinate visits and meetings with potential providers
  • Complete all required funding and authorization forms, or assure their completion by the appropriate party

Bogard Service Coordination

Bogard Service Coordination works with individuals who are class members of a lawsuit that was settled between the State of Illinois and the ARC of Illinois and eligible class members who were residents of nursing homes. Eligible individuals, who currently live in a nursing home, can receive a variety of services where they are living and are provided service coordination and advocacy to ensure they are receiving the services they want and need.

The services provided are designed to help the individual achieve the goals of self-determination and independence.

Services Include:

  • Development of a single, coordinated, comprehensive specialized services plan
  • Assurance of service plan implementation
  • Advocacy

 

Individual Service and Support Advocacy (ISSA)

When an individual is linked with Home and Community Based Waiver Service providers, including residential and vocational services, in McHenry County, O&A provides a state mandated advocacy service called Individual Service and Support Advocacy (ISSA).

This service is designed to review the individual’s satisfaction with the services they are receiving and provide service coordination for them.  We meet with the individual at least four times a year, where they receive services so that we can maintain a meaningful relationship with them and advocate effectively for them.

Services include:

  • Review and track individual service planning process and service delivery
  • Attend staffings with individuals receiving services
  • Visit individuals at residential and day/vocational locations on a regular basis
  • Review clinical and file documentation
  • Reconfirm the person’s choices and service satisfaction on a regular basis