November 2022


I want to say thank you to all of you. I appreciate each of you and all you do to make this organization and the Supportive Living model successful. As a result, we are making positive changes for seniors and persons with disabilities throughout Illinois.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Finally, we've extended the deadline to enter our Best of Our Abilities and Centenarian contests! Visit our website to learn more!

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ADT Webinar to Learn About Special Platform Features in Illinois 

HealthChoice Illinois ADT has an upcoming event on December 8th from 12-1pm. This is primarily for users of the platform and designed to highlight special available functionality and features that most users in Illinois are not currently using. 

Register Now.

Legislative Update

The Illinois General Assembly is returning to Springfield for its final week of Legislative Veto Session November 29th - December 1st for what is expected to be an uneventful week of legislative action.

The House and Senate are then expected to return in early January for a tentatively scheduled Lame Duck Session, wherein more controversial legislation may be addressed such as abortion and gun-related items. 

AALC is currently crafting its Spring 2023 legislative agenda and will continued to prioritize protecting and enhancing SLP rates. AALC is seeking to increase SLP dementia care Medicaid rates. AALC recognizes the need for increased access to memory care and is eager to help move forward with expanding these services in Illinois.

Policy Update

HCBS ARPA Funding Update

HFS last week issued an update for Supportive Living providers on payment of the $26/day HCBS ARPA funding for the 4/1/21-3/31/22 dates of service. 

·       HFS finished paying adjustments to claims over the summer. If anyone has questions regarding fee-for-service billing, please send them to

·       To learn more about the payment status for each MCO, click here.

Illinois ​Submits Waiver Request to USDA FNS

This month the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) submitted a request to the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services (USDA FNS) to allow residents of the Supportive Living Program communities to continue to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) under the existing retailer arrangement. Since the inception of the Supportive Living Program, our residents have been eligible SNAP beneficiaries and our communities have served as authorized meal service providers. However, absent regulatory action by USDA FNS, the SLP participation in the program will terminate at the end of December.  AALC in partnership with the Pritzker administration and the Ilinois Congressional Delegation have been working tirelessly to find a way to protect SNAP for SLP residents. AALC will continue to advocate rigorously on behalf of our members and will provide updates about the pending waiver request. ​

HFS Issues Public Notice on Statewide Transition Plan

HFS issued a Provider Notice last week that includes responses to public comments received for the final Statewide Transition Plan related to federal CMS community setting rules. We ask that you print this notice and post in an area accessible to residents and families. To view the Notice, click here.

Annual Training on HCBS Community Setting Requirements

CMS had a call with states last week regarding their heightened scrutiny visits and noted a pattern of provider staff not being familiar with federal HCBS community setting requirements.  HFS will be sharing slides that the Bureau of Waiver Management staff put together on this topic and person centered planning. To view the slides from the HFS 2017 person centered planning training, click here. HFS wants applicable staff to complete training on these topics annually.

Revised LTC Guidance 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) earlier this month released updated Interim Guidance for LTC sector. Please remember that revised guidance is specifically intended for facilities as defined in the Nursing Home Care Act (210 ILCS 45), Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD), StateOperated Developmental Centers (SODC), Medically Complex/Developmentally Disabled Facilities (MC/DD), and Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and does not apply to SLP communities. To read the Guidance, click here.

Please continue to report your positive COVID tests to HFS. This impacts PPE requirements when HFS staff are in your building and in cases of large outbreaks, HFS may reschedule on-site reviews. 

Cost Reports:

Access 2022 Cost Reports and Instructions by clicking here.

SLP Rates Analysis

The SLP rates will decrease again in January once the staffing incentive floor ends and then through 2023 as the transition from RUG-IV to PDPM continues.  If the case mix doesn’t change then the end of the 85% floor will have the greatest impact on the January 1, 2023, rate calculations. To learn move, click here.

View October SL Rates

Contest Date Extended until Dec. 9!

There's still time to Brag About Your Residents!

by entering our Centenarian & Best of Abilities Contests!

Visit our website to learn more!

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Supportive Living is Healthy Living Update

It's the time of year for celebrating and remembering.

Heritage Woods of Flora were proud to salute their veterans, who served our country for generations. 

The Heritage Woods of Belvidere's baking club rang in the holidays by making made baked apples with oatmeal filling. The perfect fall-time dessert. 

Heritage Woods of Freeport with the help of Freeport High School’s NJROTC program, honored their veterans with a flag presentation.

MEMBERS! If you know of a vendor who might be interested in joining AALC, share their information with us at and we will reach out to them. Are you a vendor member and interested in bringing content to our Supportive Living communities? Let us know and we will feature you in an upcoming newsletter.

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