Community Supports

JCFS Chicago is licensed to provide CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) services through DHS (Illinois Department of Human Services). Our consumer-directed CILA model focuses on individual choice and family partnering. Many families and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities are actively involved with JCFS Chicago planning and facilitating natural connections for individuals who would like to live together. 

JCFS Chicago strives to ensure Jewish individuals with I/DD remain active in the Jewish community. The importance of religious heritage and Jewish life is stressed through the celebration of Jewish holidays and various Jewish gatherings. Those who are not Jewish are also supported to observe their cultural and religious traditions.

First Steps Toward Public Funding Resources

Registering with the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database is the first and most important step you and your family can take to receive assistance. To verify eligibility and register, you must meet with a Pre- Admission Screening (PAS) or Independent Service Coordination Agency (ISC). Search the DHS Office Locator for offices near you.


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