From our Colleagues at National Louis University:

During this unprecedented period, many Human Service providers have had to alter how they manage/lead their organizations in order to safely and effectively meet the challenges that exist as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In support of the Human Services system, National Louis University is surveying providers to gather key strategies and critical information.

Please take a few minutes of your time to respond to this short anonymous survey. Click in the following link to open the survey.                                                                                 
Please respond by May 15, 2020 so that we can quickly aggregate the survey responses and share the findings with the Human Services system providers via a series of free webinars in the coming months. We will keep the survey open beyond the target response date in order to continue to collect additional strategies and information. If you are a Trade Association or Membership Organization, we ask that you forward this request to your Human Service provider members.
Our hope is that we can learn from one another’s successes and mistakes.  The survey information may prove valuable in how your agency adjusts during and following this COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for responding and for all that you do on behalf of your community’s most vulnerable citizens. 

Mark W. Doyle
Program Director, MS in Human Services Management/Leadership
Assistant Professor
School of Health and Human Services
College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA)
Phone/fax: 630.874.4258
Mobile: 630.302.0970


Dear Partners, 
IDHS has been sharing Employee and Community Bright Spots, which are examples of IDHS employees and IDHS community partners who have gone above and beyond during this crisis. We know that your organizations are continuously finding new and creative ways to provide services for Illinoisans during this challenging time, and we want to hear about it! 
If you have a story you’d like to submit as an IDHS Bright Spot, please provide the following information below:  
Community Bright Spot Submissions 
  • Name of your organization: 
  • Location of your organization: 
  • Types of services you provide: 
  • Bright spot story (3-4 sentences): 
  • Photo (if available, can be historical and, if not, obviously subject to social distancing and other health and safety precautions)
You can reply directly to this email or send your submission to  
We hope that by sharing Community Bright Spots, we can support and recognize the amazing work being done in our communities while also giving our community partners new ideas. As always, please know that we are grateful for all of the work you are doing to support Illinoisans and people in need during this time. 
Please recognize that due to the number of Bright Spot submissions we may receive, we may not be able to feature every submission. We will do our very best to have your story heard.
Thank you, 
Grace B. Hou 
 Secretary, IDHS 
Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility 
Please read the below notice from DHS about Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (PE) carefully and help spread the word, especially to anyone who directly works with/serves clients. This information was shared verbally in the last HFS Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) Public Education Subcommittee (April 2nd) and we’d asked then to see it in a notice in writing so we can point to something official from the state when sharing this wonderful news! The below DHS notice is that official notice from the state J
Please also note that as of right now, this Medicaid PE does not apply to the AABD population (Seniors and Persons with Disabilities). HFS, the state Medicaid agency, has put in a Waiver to federal CMS to allow IL Medicaid to also have Medicaid PE for the AABD population. We’ll of course share any updates on the AABD population as soon as we hear them (and others, please do the same!)
To be clear, Medicaid PE is full Medicaid benefits and it does not end when COVIID-19 ends. The state has to review each Medicaid application and decide whether the person(s) should continue to have Medicaid or not. Until the state reviews the Medicaid application and makes a determination, the person(s) has Medicaid PE and can access healthcare through Medicaid.


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Due to COVID-19 the count for those experiencing homelessness has been pushed back to April 29 -May 1. CLICK HERE for more details. 



Homeless Services Reports were due in the Illinois Homeless Reporting by the end of the day today, April 20. 

IDHS and the State of Illinois are continuously monitoring spending as we help agencies and citizens face the COVID pandemic; these reports are essential as we assess housing needs across the state. 

If you have not submitted your reports please do so right away!!

Continuum of Care News:
Come JOIN SHPA and be part of a strong coalition of Supportive Housing Providers who are committed to the expansion of supportive housing across the State of Illinois to address the issues of homelessness, unnecessary institutionalization, and persons with disabilities, advocating for the increase in resources for supportive services, and leading policy and systematic changes to benefit those we serve and the efficient and effective delivery of services. Click on the link above and contact David Esposito, Executive Director at

Not a Supportive Housing Provider, yet want to support our work, click here for our 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities. 

Want to get more involved with SHPA?
One of the best ways to stay in the know with all things SHPA and permanent supportive housing is to join our standing committees. All committees meet by phone so that members from all over the state are able to join.
Visit our website for committee descriptions:

SHPA Committee Meetings Scheduled:
Legislative Committee - Third Thursday of the Month @ 9:00a
Resident Committee - Fourth Wednesday of the Month @ 4:00p
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