The Heart Of Illinois Aging and Disability Resource Network
Under a grant from the Administration on Aging, the Illinois Department on Aging supported the vision for ADRCs and expansion of the Coordinated Points of Entry/ADRC network in Illinois from three to five sites. Central Illinois Agency on Aging, Inc. was proposed as one of the two additional sites. The ADRC within Fulton, Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford counties was named the Heart of Illinois ADRC at CIAA. The Heart of Illinois ADRC headquartered at Central Illinois Agency on Aging, Inc. addresses needs of older persons, caregivers, and persons with disabilities of any age. Core partners of the Heart of Illinois ADRC in addition to CIAA include Advocates for Access, Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living, Autonomous Care Management, Community Care Systems, and Mature Solutions. A Money Follows the Person/ADRC demonstration grant allowed for the inclusion of mental health services to residents of nursing homes who wish to and can return to the community. The partnership includes the Human Service Center and Tazwood Mental Health Center.
The mission of the Heart of Illinois ADRC at CIAA is consistent with the vision of “No Wrong Door to Needed Services”, and stated simple is to “relieve the frustrations consumers and their families experience when trying to find needed information, services and supports.”
Our overall goal is to coordinate the utilization of the network of service providers to maintain older persons and persons with disabilities in the community, in their own homes with appropriate supports that eliminate or delay institutional placement and that enhance their ability to direct their own care.
CIAA’S LOCAL INITIATIVE – ACCESS TO LONG TERM SUPPORT OPTIONS
Increase awareness of and access to aging and disability services among older adults, persons with disabilities, family and professional caregivers, health and social service providers. The working objectives of the Heart of Illinois ADRC are to:
- Convene information exchange forums consisting of providers of public benefits (OAA, Medicaid, Medicare benefits, Circuit Breaker, energy assistance, food stamps, etc.), Medicaid waiver services provided by the Department on Aging and the Department of Human Services (CCU/CCP, services for individuals with disabilities under the age of 60), non-waiver services provided by Centers for Independent Living, Veterans Administration, Department of Mental Health and Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse services.
- Facilitate service providers’ discussion of financial and non-financial eligibility for publicly supported benefits or services, including any requirements for functional assessment of an individual’s health and environment.
- Develop or identify a standardized screening tool to help all individuals who may be eligible for publicly funded programs with a non-binding inquiry into their income and assets to determine probable eligibility for programs, services, and benefits.
- Strengthen coordination and collaboration efforts with agencies addressing key functional areas such as employment, transportation and affordable housing and critical components that supports and sustain community living.
- Implement a comprehensive marketing and outreach campaign to ensure that all potential users of public benefit programs, community-based services and long-term support and their families are aware of both public and private long-term support options.