• PUNS - Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services

    The State of Illinois had developed a database of need for services.  This is PUNS.  The PUNS database is a listing of individuals with developmental disabilities and their service needs.  The state would like to have all individuals with a need for services added to this database.  This PUNS database will help the state with planning for the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities through requesting appropriate funding necessary to provide these services.

     
    It is important that families complete the PUNS questionnaire.  This must be completed before any adult services can be offered to individuals with a Developmental Disability, including Full Scale IQ below 70, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism.  This can seem very overwhelming, but families are not alone.  Your PAS agency will assist you with this. 
     
    PUNS is for everyone who may need help from the government to pay for developmental disability services now or in the future.  PUNS is the first step toward getting services in Illinois. If you are not on the PUNS list, you are not on the waiting list for services.
     
    For more information on PUNS, visit the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) website at www.dhs.state.il.us as well as download the brochure attached below.
     
    To apply, you should go through your local PAS agency.  For our area, the PAS agent(s) are as follows:

    Services Inc. of Illinois - Region E

    Phone:  (630) 425-2350

    Dupage County PAS Agent and PUNS Coordinator

    Pre-Admission Screnning (PAS) and PUNS:  Rebecca Curran, Program Manager, ext. 5112, rcurran@svcincofil.org

    ISSA:  Tyra Johnson, Program Manager, ext. 5114, tjohnson@svcincofil.org

     

    Suburban Access, Inc.

    Cook County PAS Agent and PUNS Coordinator

    4415 W Harrison St, Suite 410

    Hillside, IL  60162

    Phone:  (708) 449-7257

    www.subacc.org

     

    Some of the services that people may need are:

    • In-Home Supports
    • Respite Care
    • Job Coaches
    • Group Homes
    • And many others
    There is not enough money to give everyone in Illinois the services they need.  Right now, many people are working on a fair way to choose who gets services.  Don’t forget to update your PUNS form every year. Only people (families) who have completed the PUNS – and keep it updated – have a chance of getting “picked” to receive services.
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