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Residential Programs for Children and Adolescents With Autism

Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit, provided by Autism Speaks, Family Services.

Abraham Lincoln Centre
Minnie Miles, program director
4455 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 373-6600
Cook County
The Children's Living Centre at Abraham: long-term care for children with special needs.
Residential Respite Program at Abraham: short-term residential service for children with a diagnosis of autism. Children receive nurturing care and training in a home-like, state licensed, group home setting. Children enjoy recreational and social activities. Referrals for The Children's Living Center and Residential Respite care can be made directly by families and/or providers. Service area and hours: entire state of Illinois; 24 hours.
Ages: 2-18 years.
Cost: state funded.
Approximately three-month wait list.

Cardinal Cushing Centers
Contact: Michelle Markowitz
405 Washington St.
Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 829-1205
Private, non-profit therapeutic special needs boarding school for children and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Their staff is trained in behavior management techniques based on positive behavior intervention support (PBIS), a reward-based program.
Ages: 6-22 years.
Cost: soon to be approved out-of-state placement option for Illinois.

Cumberland Hospital, LLC
P. Gay Brooks, CEO
9407 Cumberland Road
New Kent, VA 23124
(800) 368-3472
ISBE approved. Provides specialized care for young people whose disabilities, injuries or lifelong illnesses are compounded by behavioral problems. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation, ADHD and fetal alcohol syndrome. Program's primary philosophy: cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Ages: 13-21 years.
Cost: accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

Genesee Lake School
Contact: Stephanie Koster-Peterson, admissions director
36100 Genesee Lake Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-5510, ext. 3004
Genesee Lake School is a nationally recognized provider offering programs for students with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and emotional disturbances. Additionally, we offer specialized programs for students with autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and complex trauma. Our 160 acre campus is a nurturing setting where students from around the country gain the skills and experiences necessary to successfully return to their families, school districts, and communities. Our goal at Genesee Lake School is to provide an innovative and enriching environment for the students in our care to learn and experience all that life can offer. ISBE Approved and COA Certified.
Ages: 6-21 years.
Accepts private and public insurance.
No wait list.

Shayna Green
3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 400-8540, ext. 559
Cook County
Glenkirk Community Integrated Living Arrangements and Children’s Homes: are community-based homes that provide the highest level of community integration for children and adults with disabilities while offering a wide range of residential services individually customized for each resident; provides a structured but family-oriented environment where residents choose their roommates, make their own meals, shop for groceries and participate in family activities.
Glenkirk Moraine Community Living Facility: provides the support of full-time staff while allowing residents to enjoy the independence of an apartment setting. Most of the individuals who live in Moraine have mild to moderate disabilities and work in the community. Moraine is located within walking distance of stores and other local community facilities, allowing residents to become active participants in neighborhood and community activities.
Glenkirk Family Living Arrangement: provides people with disabilities a unique opportunity to join a family and share in a home environment. Residents experience the comfort of a family atmosphere and enjoy the ability to participate in community activities.
Ages: birth and up. Eligibility: DD diagnosis.
Cost: funded by DHS.
Six-week wait list.

Hughes Center for Exceptional Children
Michael S. Triggs, CEO
1601 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 836-8500
ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder and mental retardation. Program's primary focus: self, family, and, community to prepare for an independent future through educational and vocational instruction and positive guidance.
Ages: 13-22 years.
Accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Greer Ann Hamblet, program coordinator
4840 W. Byron
Chicago, IL 60641
(847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
Cook County

Second location:
Shady Oaks West
16220 Parker Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-0571
Will County
Offers two intermediate care residences at Shady Oaks East and Shady Oaks West in Homer Glen for people with developmental disabilities. Its programs are designed to empower individuals to make their own choices, exercise their rights, utilize their strengths and express their needs. Provides support, services and encouragement to the residents to enable them to grow and live as independently as possible in a safe, home-like environment that is wheelchair-accessible and supportive. Shady Oaks meets Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmental Disabled (ICF/DD) requirements that are set by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: state-funded.
Possible wait list.

Milestone, Inc.
RocVale Children's Home

Lisa Salazar, intake coordinator
4450 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103
(815) 639-2960
Winnebago County
Provides long-term care for children who have a diagnosis of a developmental disability serving children in CILA's and the entire state of Illinois.
Ages: 6-22 years.
Cost: state and/or school funded; private pay available.
Current openings for males.

National Deaf Academy
Deana Goldstein, CEO
19650 U.S. Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(352) 735-9500
ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism. Specialized program using the ABA and SCERTS model along with skill acquisition training. While the program serves individuals diagnosed with deafness and autism, they also serve those with normal hearing that are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Ages: 5-22 years.
Cost: accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago
Residential Program

Kristin Friesen
1365 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-7694
Cook County
Coeducational residential treatment program for individuals with Asperger's disorder/high functioning autism, and are in need of support for profound emotional issues. The school provides therapeutic and educational environment that recognizes their strengths and needs while challenging them to grow by achieving important developmental and behavioral outcomes. Major modes of individual therapy currently provided represent a psychodynamic perspective as well as a cognitive-behavioral approach.
Ages: 5 years and up.
Cost: funded by school districts.
No wait list.

Trinity Services Inc.
Andrea Rau or Lisa Dillon
2081 Calistoga Drive, Suite 1S
New Lenox, IL  60451
(815) 485-4781 (Andrea) or (815) 485-6197 (Lisa)
Will County
Trinity Living Centers, or TLCs, are located near Trinity's main campus. Three 16 person residential programs enable adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential. TLC staff provide assistance in achieving greater independence in all aspects of life, including social, recreational, personal care, and daily living skills. An outcome-oriented approach is used in planning for services so each individual's personal priorities are the focus of services and support. As an alternative to institutional living, the homes are constructed so that each person has his/her own bedroom and storage space. Each individual and his/her family choose personal goals, and needed services are identified, including nursing services when appropriate. Typically, several staff members are available during the day and evening hours to work with individuals in needed areas and to provide support for recreational activities, as well as overnight staff.
Cost: call to inquire.

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