What is the PUNS list?

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What is the PUNS?
The PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services) is a statewide waiting list of individuals with developmental disabilities that have applied for, and are awaiting, funding and/or services.

What kinds of funding and services are available?
Some of the services that PUNS can award funding for include in-home supports, respite care, job coaching, group homes and developmental training. Before you can be awarded funding for these services, you must register on the PUNS list.

How do I register for the PUNS list?
The first step is to meet with a Pre-Admission Screening/Independent Service Coordination Agency (PAS/ISC) to see if you are eligible for services. You can click on the link below to find the PAS/ISC agency nearest you. They will be able to help determine your elligibility, and assist you in gathering the information required to enroll.

Find your PAS/ISC Agency

How long will it take?
Once you have signed up for the PUNS, the wait for funding varies widely between individuals. Some may receive funding in months while others may have to wait several years. There is currently not enough funding available to give everyone in Illinois the services that they need. As of August of 2013 there were 23,029 individuals on the waiting list. We recommend applying as soon as possible.

Once I have signed up, is there anything else I can do?
You will have to keep your application up-to-date annually. Your PAS/ISC agent can help you with this process.

Where can I find more information?
More information is available from several websites:
DHS: Understanding PUNS
DHS: PUNS Selection Process
DHS: PUNS Program Brochure
State of Illinois Developmental Disabilities: Sign up for services