The DSCC Champaign Regional Office staff assist families and children that reside in the following Illinois counties:
Champaign Regional Office staff are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Professional and Support staff work together as a team to provide care coordination for eligible children. Team members include Nurses, Social Workers, Speech and Hearing professionals and program consultant aides (PCA). A Regional Manager supervises the office team. The office is located at:
510 Devonshire, Suite A
If you have questions about any of our programs or would like information about available resources within the counties served, please contact us.
Regional Office staff are available at the following locations and times to meet with families, answer questions, take referrals, and offer assistance with any special health care needs:
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
2nd Tuesday of each month
Any child who is a resident of Champaign or Urbana is eligible for dental services. There is a fee schedule, but no one will be turned away for an inability to pay a fee. Website: http://www.cuphd.org/dentalhealth.html
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Services can be obtained by calling to schedule an appointment (217) 531-4279. Emergency dental appointments can be made the same day. Parental supervision is required. Hours are 8-5, Monday through Friday at 201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign.
School children who are Urbana residents may also go to the Urbana School-based Health Center Dental Clinic, 1002 S. Race St., Urbana. Hours vary. Call for appointment: (217) 531-4254.
NOTE: children who live in Champaign County outside C-U may call Central Illinois Dental Education and Services, (www.cides.org)at (217) 359-7404, fax<(217) 352-9745.
Central Illinois Dental Education and Services (CIDES) works with the Champaign County Public Health Department to bring the Child Dental Access Program to the families of outlying Champaign County.
VISION USA offers children, adults and seniors in working families free eye care. To qualify for this service, individuals must be working or be part of a household with one member who is working at least part time, have no insurance that covers eye examinations, have an income below an established level based on household size, and not have had an eye exam in the past 24 months. (Some states have different eligibility requirements.)
You may register by calling toll-free (800) 766-4466, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Application forms are also available from VISION USA, 243 Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141 or on the AOA website at http://www.aoa.org.
DSCC is a sponsor of the Institute for Parents of Preschool Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. It is a six day event, beginning the second Sunday of June in Jacksonville at the Illinois School for the Deaf campus. Participants are infants and toddlers from birth to age 5 years who have a moderate to profound bilateral hearing loss and their parents. For further information and application forms, please contact your local Division of Specialized Care for Children at (800) 779-0889.
DSCC offers scholarship money to parents who attend in the amount of $30 per day.This money is mailed to the families after the Institute ends. The purpose of the money is to offset the costs of families having to miss work, pay for day care for other children, etc. A sibling program is available so a limited number of siblings under the age of 8 can attend. This is to make the Institute more accessible to families.
Grants for Kids
The United Healthcare Children's Foundation is offering support to meet the needs of children nationwide with assistance grants for medical services not fully covered by health insurance.
Parents and caretakers across the country will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for health-care services that will help improve their children's health and quality of life. Examples of the types of medical services covered by the foundation grants include speech therapy; physical therapy and psychotherapy sessions; medical equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids and eye-glasses, and orthodontic and dental treatments.
To be eligible for the grants, children must be 16 year old or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, live in the U.S. and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan. For more information, visit: www.uhccf.org.
All Kids – Illinois’ Health Insurance Program
All Kids offers Illinois's uninsured children comprehensive, affordable health insurance. It covers doctor's visits, hospital stays, also covers special services like medical equipment, speech therapy and physical therapy for children who need them. KidCare and Medicaid are now part of All Kids. DSCC clients can obtain an All Kids application from your local DSCC office. Assistance in completing the application is also available, upon request.
Some families have to pay premiums and co-payments for All Kids health insurance. What you will pay depends on your income. Rates for middle-income families will be significantly lower than they are on the private market.
A family of four with $30,000 to $40,000 of gross income each year pays premiums of $15 per month for one child and $25 for two children. A family like this pays co-payments of $5 for a visit to the doctor, $3 for each generic drug prescription and $5 for each brand name drug. This family would pay a maximum of $100 in total co-payments in a year.
More information may be obtained by calling the All Kids Hotline toll-free at (866) 255-5437 or by visiting the All Kids website at www.allkids.com
The website for accessing a Human Services Guide for East Central Illinois is www.helpsource.org . This site contains resource information for Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion counties, as well as Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Dewitt, Edgar, Effingham, Livingston and Shelby counties.
The Kankakee-Iroquois HELP Network is a comprehensive community information system designed to connect the residents of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, in east central Illinois, with government agencies, publicly financed human services and non-profit organizations. Their website is: http://www.kan-i-help.org.
To contact programs similar to DSCC in other states, visit the Directory of State Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Programs website at: http://cshcnleaders.ichp.ufl.edu/TitleVDirectory/directory.htm
Illinois Provider Directory for Children with Disabilities
If you or someone you know is in need of specialty medical care, therapists, dentists or other allied health care providers, the Illinois Provider Directory for Children with Disabilities is designed to give you three easy ways to find the right health care provider:
In Illinois, Ameritech, Verizon and Illinois Consolidated telephone customers can get assistance with phone bills from Lifeline, a government program that offers qualified people a discount on their monthly local telephone bill. Eligibility criteria, restrictions and instructions on how to apply can be found at www.lifelinesupport.org. Another program, Link Up, helps consumers who are eligible to save up to 50% on telephone installation fees. Eligibility criteria can also be found at the above website.