Special Education Parent Resources

Parent & Educator Resource Guide to Section 504

Special Education Parent's Rights Guide

Notice of Procedural Safeguards

PUNS – THE BASICS

  • PUNS stands for Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services.

  • PUNS is a survey/needs assessment that identifies the needs of a person with developmental disabilities.

  • PUNS is for everyone who may need help from the government to pay for developmental disability services now or in the future.

  • PUNS is the first step toward getting services in Illinois. If you are not on the PUNS list, you are not on the waiting list for services.

  • To get on the PUNS, you need to schedule a date to meeting with a Pre-Admission Screener. These screeners will ask you questions about you and your needs. These questions, are part of the PUNS survey. To get on the PUNS list, you must have a developmental disability. If you don’t know if you have a developmental disability, the screener will help you.

  • Call DHS at 1-888-DD-PLANS or (618) 236-7957 or (618) 9663.

  • When your PUNS survey is done, you are on the list. This doesn’t mean that you will get the services that you need, it just means that you have made the first step.

  • Some of the services that people need are:

    • In-Home Supports

    • Respite Care

    • Job Coaches

    • Group Homes

    • And More

  • There is not enough money to give everyone in Illinois the services that they need.

  • You must update your PUNS form every year. Only families who have completed the PUNS and keep it updated, have a chance of getting picked to receive services.

  • If you want more information about PUNS or Home Based Services, go to the Family Support Network website at www.familysupportnetwork.org