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Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services – PUNS

A statewide database/waiting list for potential participants

Beginning the process

Service Coordinators will meet face-to-face with enrollees.

Illinois Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) is a statewide database which serves as a waiting list for individuals who are planning or seeking Developmental Disability Waiver Services through the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Developmental Disabilities. Individuals who are eligible for PUNS enrollment are those suspected to have a developmental disability or a related condition (i.e. Intellectual Disability, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury). All new PUNS enrollments are conducted face-to-face with one of our Individual Service Coordinators (ISC) who is a registered Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP). Once enrolled on the database, the registration must be updated annually and this can be conducted over the phone with the option for a face-to-face meeting. A face-to face is required if there is a change in categories. It should be noted that inclusion on the database does not assume eligibility for services or receipt of waiver services.

As funding is available, individuals are selected from the PUNS database and are invited to apply for Medicaid Waiver services. The individual will receive a letter from DHS/DD notifying them that they have been selected and should reach out to their Independent Service Coordination Agency (Service, Inc.) to begin planning for the eligibility process and waiver services. Click the below link for the State of Illinois’ Prioritization of Urgency of Need brochure for additional information.

Find your nearest location

Listed below are the locations where you can begin your enrollment with the PUNS program:

Region A

Serving McHenry, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Lee, and Whiteside Counties

3482 Pyramid Dr.
Rockford, IL 61109
Call: 815-339-0740

Region E

Serving DuPage, Kane, and Kendall Counties

1919 S. Highland Ave.
Suite A -230
Lombard, IL 60148
Call: 630-425-2350

Region F

Serving Will, Grundy, and Kankakee Counties

1740 W McDonough St.
Joliet, IL 60435
Call: 815-741-0800

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