SPRINGFIELD – Families of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities will have an easier time reviewing their status of being selected for services under a new bill sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview).

“Families of individuals with disabilities rely on social services to provide a higher quality of life for their family member, but the current process for checking their status is slow and confusing,” Fine said. “This legislation will help families have a more accessible process to find out the support services available.”

House Bill 3483 requires the Department of Human Services to maintain a database of families on the Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) waitlist. This would give the families the option of receiving emails regarding the status of being selected for the services in question.

The bill passed both chambers the General Assembly with unanimous, bipartisan support and will be sent to Gov. JB Pritzker for approval.