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Description:  PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services) is a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. The State uses the data to select individuals for services as funding becomes available, to develop proposals and materials for budgeting, and to plan for future needs.
Website: Understanding PUNS (English)
Website: Entendiendo PUNS (Spanish)
Website: Service, Inc.

Description: The law presumes that an adult age 18 or older is capable of handling his/her own affairs. A guardian may be appointed to serve as a substitute decision maker if a person is disabled because of (1) mental deterioration, (2) physical incapacity, (3) mental illness, or (4) developmental disability.
WebsiteGuardianship in Illinois

Description:  The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
Website: Social Security Benefits for People with Disabilities

Description:  Medicaid provides health coverage to more than 8.8 million non-elderly individuals with disabilities, including those who are working or who want to work. Federal statute provides for both mandatory and optional coverage for individuals with disabilities.
Federal Website: Medicaid for Individuals with Disabilities
State Website:  How to apply for Medicaid

Description:  People with disabilities and their families face a unique set of challenges.  Wise financial planning (Ex: trusts, wills, S.S.I. and other money) is needed to be sure the person with a disability can be supported adequately.  Not for profit and private agencies can offer this type of service.
Website:  Special Needs Alliance

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