Resource Directory /

Springfield Resources

  • Icon indicates condition covered by Specialized Care for Children
  • Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests for Vulnerable Illinoisans

    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is distributing at-home, over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to economically disadvantaged Illinois families in zip codes outside the city of Chicago. Households can:

    • Find out if they are in an eligible zip code
    • Request one package of five tests
    • Get tests on a first-come, first-served basis at the Project ACT website

    The tests will be delivered to the home address.

    Free COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout the state, including in Chicago. You can find testing sites on the IDPH website’s testing locator page.

     

  • DSCC Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheet

    Emergencies like power outages and weather events can be especially dangerous for individuals with complex medical needs. This tip sheet from the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) helps with emergency knowledge and disaster planning. It includes important considerations for emergency situations as well a resource toolbox with expert advice for pediatric, disability and/or advanced healthcare needs.

    Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheet in English

    Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheet in Spanish

  • Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF)

    The Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) program is now accepting applications for assistance. This federally funded program helps homeowners at risk of default, foreclosure or displacement as a result of a financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ILHAF provides up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners. The program pays mortgage assistance directly to the servicer, taxing body or other approved entity.

    The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IDHA) is providing free, how-to webinars in English and Spanish to help homeowners with the application process. Visit the ILHAF website for more details.

    If you have questions, please contact ILHAF customer relations at (866) 454-3571 or email hafquestions@ihda.org.

  • Dove, Inc.

    Dove, Inc. provides a variety of outreach programs, financial assistance and resources to residents in Macon, Shelby, Moultrie, Piatt and DeWitt counties.

    Dove Financial Assistance (DFA) may be able to provide emergency help with water, power, eye prescriptions, dental needs and some prescription medications.

    DFA also works with the Energy Assistance Fund to help people with their heating and cooling bills through the “Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends Program” in Macon, DeWitt and Piatt Counties.

  • DSCC’s Emergency Plan Template

    The Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) developed this emergency plan template to help our participant families create an emergency plan to keep them safe and prepared in the event of a disaster or other emergencies.

    Sections include emergency contacts, emergency prep tips, evacuation plans and plans for medical emergencies.

    Emergency Plan Template in English

    Emergency Plan Template in Spanish (coming soon)

  • DSCC’s Paying for College Tip Sheet

    The Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) created this tip sheet to help youth with special healthcare needs and their families learn more about available resources to help pay for college. The tip sheet includes details about possible funding sources and scholarship opportunities:

    Paying for College tip sheet in English

    Paying for Collect tip sheet in Spanish (Coming soon)

  • Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation – Ollie’s Branch

    The Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation (OHHF) offers a variety of information, resources and mental health support for families caring for children with pediatric heart conditions and heart disease. OHHF resources include:

    • Free mental health services through Ollie’s Branch. All sessions are completely free regardless of insurance status.
    • Financial support for families whose heart warrior is currently inpatient or has been admitted within three months of the request. OHHF Community Outreach requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and can help with housing, utilities, transportation, medical bills, and more.

    OHHF’s mental health access program is open to heart-warrior families anywhere in Illinois. Financial support requests may come from anywhere in the United States.

  • Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline

    The Epilepsy Foundation’s Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline has trained information specialists to help answer your questions about epilepsy and seizures and provide you with help, hope, support, guidance and access to national and local resources. You can access the helpline in several ways:

    • Online Help Form
    • Phone (English): (800) 332-1000
    • Phone (en español): (866) 748-8008

    The helpline serves people living with epilepsy, caregivers and friends of someone with epilepsy and anyone who wants to learn more about epilepsy. It can provide information about current epilepsy treatment and alternative therapies, medication questions, support groups, seizure first aid, emotional support and more.