Illinois Care Connections (ICC)
Illinois Care Connections (ICC) provides technology devices (iPads, tablets, wi-fi hotspots) to older adults who are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. In March 2020, the Department on Aging received $1.7 million from the federal government partnership between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL). This funding allowed IDoA, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities and Rehabilitation Services, and the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP), to distribute over 3,000 devices to older adults and persons with disabilities.
In State Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), ICC will continue to provide technology devices to older adults, 60 and older, who are participants in the Community Care Program (CCP). In order to be evaluated for a device, a participant must be referred by a CCP provider.
For more information about ICC eligibility and how to refer a participant:
"Providing new technologies have helped establish the social connection that our seniors need to maintain their health. At the end of the day, it's our passion for aging that solidifies why we do what we do." said Paula Basta, Director of IDoA.
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