Community Reintegration

This program provides services and purchases items to establish a home in the community. The goal is to identify the services and support systems that an institution/long term care facility resident may need in order to move into his or her own residence and to live independently again. Individuals with disabilities living in a nursing home who desire to move back into the community.

The program is provided at no cost to the individual with a disability living in a long term care facility or other institutional setting and who desire to move back into the community. The program is funded by Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services (DHS/DRS). This program covers the costs as payer of last resort. For further information on the Community Reintegration Program visit the Illinois Department of Home Services website.

Services Provided

  • Locate and secure affordable housing
  • Assist with the first month’s rent and security deposit
  • Provide household items
  • Provide assistive equipment and devices
  • Arrange for home remodeling to ensure independent safe functioning
  • Provide training in independent living skills
  • Make referrals of personal assistant services
  • Provide personal assistant management training
  • Provide case management
  • Provide advocacy
  • Peer support

Admission Criteria

  • Have any disability expected to last 12 months or longer
  • Any age 
  • Live in an Illinois institution/long term care facility (i.e. nursing home, CILA home, rehab facility, etc.)
  • Have a barrier to returning to the community
  • Have income to support costs of community based living (i.e. SSI, SSDI, etc.)

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