Dear Friend and Families,
The purpose of this communication is to inform you that as of July 1, 2019 Options & Advocacy will no longer be the Independent Service Coordination agency for McHenry County. The Illinois DHS/Division of Developmental Disabilities redefined the regions in the state. McHenry County is now part of Region A which extends from McHenry County to the Mississippi River. The programs that are impacted by this change include the PUNS (Community Service Coordination Program), the Pre-Admission Screening program, and the program that oversees persons who live in group homes and those who have Home Based Services. The agency that has been awarded Region A is Service, Inc. Of Illinois. They will have a McHenry County satellite office but the main office will be Rockford.
You can reach Service, Inc of Illinois at the Rockford office at 815-741-0800.
Options & Advocacy will remain a viable, active part of our community assisting infants, children and adults with a wide range of developmental needs through our Child & Family Connections (early intervention program), our HUG (Helping Us Grow) prevention initiative program, our Autism Resource Center, Sibshops, the AOK (All Our Kids) network, and the many other supports that we provide such as playgroups and educational opportunities for families. We are excited about the future of O&A. We are expanding our Autism Resource Center and our other programs continue to grow.
We are exploring new ways in which we can support you – the families of McHenry County. Like you, we are resilient! As a family member I know that transitions are tough. This one has been tough one for us here.
Stay tuned as we announce our plans and the new ways in which we can support you!