The Elim community runs on three core values:

  • We are Christ-centered
  • We believe everyone has value and purpose
  • We are committed to learning and sharing

These values have created a unique community at Elim, and it may very well be the right place for your loved one with disabilities. Elim’s adult services program is always accepting new applications for enrollment. If you’d like to start the admissions process, please read through the following and take the next step today!

Download the admissions packet here!

THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

INITIAL CONTACT

The admissions process begins with an initial contact with the admissions coordinator, usually through a phone call or visit to our website. The applicant and his or her family/residential program are asked to complete an Inquiry Form. Once the Inquiry Form is returned, a tour will be scheduled. Anyone may join the tour and the applicant is especially encouraged to visit.

APPLICANT PRESENTED TO ADMISSION COMMITTEE

If the applicant is, or soon will be, ready for adult placement the following are determined:

        • Can Elim Adult Services provide appropriate and beneficial services to this applicant?
        • Is there an opening in the appropriate program?
        • Has funding been secured or is private pay available?

If the answer to all three of these questions is yes, the applicant will be presented to the admissions committee. If the answer to any of these questions is no, the applicant will be placed on the Adult Services’ Inquiry List until all three criteria are met. An Initial Screening Report is developed by the admissions coordinator. In order to develop the report, the following documents will be requested:

        • Current Individual Education Plan (IEP) with all current therapy, social and behavior reports or current Individual Service Plan (ISP) and behavior program.
        • Current psychological.
        • Current ICAP.
        • Additional information and documentation as required.

After everything has been returned, a case manager will contact the family or residential program to schedule the evaluation.
The applicant comes for the evaluation during which he or she participates in all vocational and class activities as well as community outings. This allows the applicant to see what we have to offer and for us to get to know him or her better.
After the evaluation, the case manager will write a report and submit it to the admissions committee who will review the report and ancillary information and vote whether to accept the individual for admission.

ACCEPTANCE

If the applicant is accepted, there will be additional paperwork to complete; copies of documentation to provide; and a physical and dental exam required that is completed no more than 30 days prior to the admission date.

Other Important Information

FUNDING

Funding to pay for services can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). To apply for funding, please contact your local Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) agency. Suburban Access, Inc. South Suburban Cook County Townships: Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Lemont, Orland, Palos, Rich, Thornton, Worth
925 W. 175th Street
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 799-9190

Suburban Access, Inc. West Suburban Cook County Townships: Berwyn, Cicero, Leyden, Lyons, Oak Park, Proviso, River Forest, Riverside, Stickney
4415 W. Harrison Street Suite 410
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 449-7257

Services Inc. Counties: Will, Grundy, Kankakee
1740 W. McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60438
(815) 741-0800

Community Service OptionsInc. (CSO) Chicago
6845 S. Western
Chicago, IL 60636
(773) 471-4700

If you do not live in these areas or are unsure of which agency to contact, please go to the IL DHS website to use the service locater to find the PAS agency that serves your area. Part-time or full-time private pay options are also available.

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TRANSPORTATION

Elim offers several transportation options. Families are invited to choose the option that best fits their individual’s needs and family budget.

Door to door service: For a flat fee, Elim will pick up from and drop off your individual at his or her home. Eligibility is determined by the transportation manager.

Drop off and pick up points: For no cost, Elim will pick up and drop off your individual at a designated public meeting site. Eligibility and designated meeting sites are determined by the transportation manager.

Self-transport: Families may be able to drop off and pick up their individual from Elim. Eligibility is determined by the transportation manager and director of Adult Services, and reimbursement may be included.

PACE ADA Paratransit Service: Individuals apply to the ADA Paratransit Service to determine whether he or she is eligible for this service. If the individual is determined eligible, he or she will become PACE certified and will be able to use the Dial-A-Ride system. Each one way ride costs $3. Elim will supply the family with vouchers at the beginning of every month. To determine eligibility and/or to request an application, please contact:

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
ADA Paratransit Service
ADA Certification
Phone: (312) 663-4357
TTY: (312) 913-3122

For additional information or questions regarding transportation please refer to Transportation Letter and Regulations or contact Elim’s Transportation Manager, Cindy DeYoung.
Email: cdeyoung@elimcs.org
Main Phone: (708) 389-0555 ext. 212
Direct Phone: (708) 293-6512

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
We would be happy to provide more information about Elim’s Adult Services program and our application process to anyone who is interested.

Please contact Donna Terry, Admissions Coordinator:
Email: dterry@elimcs.org
Main Phone: (708) 429-7493 ext. 605
Direct Phone: 708-293-2326

The application packet contains PDFs of the important forms and information for use in the admission process. You can download, print out, and complete the application packet to get started today!