Illinois Alzheimer's Disease Plan 2020-2023
What is the Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois State Plan?
The Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois State Plan was established in January 2014 and is required to be revised every three years in accordance with the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Act. The current plan is a revision of the original plan and reflects new initiatives implemented over the last three years. Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, the plan is intended to include all dementias, such as vascular, Lewy-Body, and frontotemporal, within the progress, prioritization, and recommendations. In addition, the plan integrates improvements made within the Healthy Brain Initiative, Illinois Cognitive Resources Network, and state requirements for staff training and health care facilities advertising.
The plan is produced by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee (ADAC) and relevant Alzheimer’s disease stakeholders. The intent of the plan is to guide research, diagnosis, referral, support, and treatment services within each of the following areas:
- Illinois’ Alzheimer’s Disease Network (Regional Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Centers and Primary Provider Sites)
- State Supported Alzheimer’s Disease Research
- Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee
- Illinois State Agencies’ Alzheimer’s Programs and Support (Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Department on Aging, Illinois Department of Human Services, and Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services)
- Dementia Care Services
- Dementia Specific Training Requirements
- Quality Care Measures (Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities/Supportive Living Facilities, and Other Settings)
- Geriatric-Psychiatric Services
- Home and Community-Based Resources
- Residential Options for Persons with Dementia
- Public Safety and Law Enforcement
Who is the plan for?
The Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois State Plan is for any person, community, agency, institution, or organization that has the means to and interest in helping implement recommendations outlined in the plan. The goal is to help serve patients and caregivers impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). This plan can also be useful for policy and decision makers to gauge what is happening in Illinois around AD/ADRD and what still needs to be done.
How to Use this Plan?
This plan is meant “to guide” AD/ADRD-related efforts within the State of Illinois. This plan is not a substitute for individualized work or action plans developed by organizations or persons interested in addressing the needs of people impacted by AD/ADRD. It should be viewed as a compass shared by all the stakeholders that will give a unifying direction to their programs. The recommendations can be used to formulate specific goals, objectives, and strategies that can be pursued by individual stakeholders. Collaboration is encouraged among stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of their individual efforts.