The Illinois Department on Aging’s mission is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life.
Organizational Overview Executive Office Charles D. Johnson, Director Div. Of Finance & Administration Div. Of Community Relations and Outreach Div. Of Home and Community Services Div. Of Planning, Research and Development Div. Of Circuit Breaker/ Pharmaceutical Assistance
Provided through Federal Older Americans Act with support from State funds, these community-based services are offered to persons age 60 plus (age 55-plus for employment programs) throughout Illinois. Although donations are encouraged for services such as meals and transportation, there are no fees associated with these programs.
The following programs support the rights and benefits of Illinois’ vulnerable older population, including residents of long term care facilities and victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation . The Elder Abuse and Neglect program is established through State law and is predominantly funded with State GRF funds. Ombudsman and Legal Assistance are established under the Federal Older Americans Act with the Ombudsman program receiving some state funding.
Elder Abuse and Neglect
Long-term Care Ombudsman
Community Services, Communications and Training
Provide information, education and assistance to older people, their caregivers and to the various target groups that have a stake in an aging society.
Statewide toll-free number: 1-800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (Mon.-Fri. 8:30am to 5pm)
Planning and coordinating services and programs for older people in their respective areas. The Area Agencies receive funding from the Department based on a formula which takes into consideration the number of older citizens and minorities in that area, as well as the number living in poverty, in rural areas, and alone.
Like the Department on Aging, Area Agencies are not, as a rule, direct service providers. Area Agencies contract with local agencies which provide services to the older people who live in the same community.
Funding: Where did State of Illinois Stand in 2009?
Historic economic challenges
Increased spending pressures
An $11.6 billion deficit, and the state cannot pay its bills on time
Balancing the budget solely through deep cuts will hurt the citizens and further damage our economy
The General Funds appropriation totals $655.7 million
An increase of $117.1 million, or 21.8% from the FY09 enacted budget for the Department on Aging.
Direct Federal funds comprise $80.5 million, or 8% of the FY10 Introduced Budget.
Illinois also receives over $100 million in Federal Financial Participation for services provided to Medicaid enrolled clients in the Community Care Program (CCP), which is approximately 27% of the total CCP spending.
The Department has a current headcount of 160 positions.
State and federal inmates age 50 and older has grown 172.6% between 1992 and 2001 Need for better prison hospice
Hospice in Dixon Correctional Center
Established in 1995
A prison hospice that complies with community standards
Adult care program for inmates with mental or physical frailness
Comprehensive screening process
Transformative experiences for volunteer inmates
Janice and Tina co-authored and submitted an article Volunteer Inmates Provide Hospice to Dying Inmates for possible publication in the Annals of Health Law Special Issue by Loyola University Chicago School of Law (March, 2010)