PUNS Selection — IAMC Members Discuss

Recently another 1500 names were selected by lottery from the PUNS list (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services).  This is a list of children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities who need services or supports from the State of Illinois.  The list is used for planning, budgeting and delivering services to those in need.  The current waiting list for services tops 20,000 individuals.

Accordingly, getting a PUNS services notification letter is a big deal for families in need that have waited a long time.  Nemo is aware of several families who were recently selected and now wonder what it means to them.

There will be a telephone conference TONIGHT (Wednesday, November 7, 2012) at 7pm (CST) for those whose name was selected and wish to discuss options going forward.  The discussion will be facilitated by staff from the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives (IAMC)  http://www.iambc.org .   While the IAMC is not a PUNS agency, they are usually very well-informed.  Nemo would attend if not for a previous engagement.

For more information contact Vicki Niswander, Executive Director, IAMC, 217-586-4552.  vniswander@gmail.com  Those who wish to attend can call in at  605-477-3000, passcode 501904.  The web link is https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/84a0e766/17767787

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2 Responses to PUNS Selection — IAMC Members Discuss

  1. Michele Westmaas November 7, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing the info about the conference call tonight! Just one point of clarification, there is no such thing as a “PUNS agency”. What you probably mean is DHS/DDD – the state agency overseeing the PAS/ISSA agencies that get the PUNS data from individuals, facilitate application for services, etc.

    IAMC is an independent organization that is not affiliated with the state directly. However, we work very closely with the DHS/DDD director and staff to educate them and advocate for the needs of our members. Of course, that works both ways in that the DHS/DDD staff educate us as to their policies and regulations so that we can support our members as they go through all the processes of securing services. Our members are individuals and families interested in developing microboards and/or cooperatives.

    We look forward to a vibrant conversation tonight! There is so much excitement around the possibilities when so many new names are drawn for services. With that comes apprehension as families are suddenly faced with making decisions and figuring out how to work their way through all the decisions and processes of securing services. Hopefully, we will be able to maintain the positive excitement and reduce the apprehension :-)

    • Mary Rhodes November 7, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      Michelle, Thanks for clarifying in such a clear manner. And highlighting the difficulty most families are faced with when trying to make decisions about services. IAMC is providing a *tremendous* service by offering this conference call.

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