Home-Based Services -
for Children and Adults

Home-Based-ChildrenClearbrook understands how challenging it can be to care for a loved one with a disability. Our Home-Based Services are tailored to provide eligible individuals and their families services and supports in the comfort and familiarity of their home and community with a goal of achieving as much independence as possible.

Clearbrook’s Home-Based Services Program provides:

  • Support to individuals age three through adulthood and their families
  • Services to promote skill development and community integration.
  • Coordination with other programs in which family members may participate.

Home-Based Service Option Plans:
Eligible individuals and their families have two plans from which to select:

  • Agency Directed – Family selects Clearbrook to employ and train Personal Support Workers.
  • Family Directed – Family selects an employer to hire and train Personal Support Workers.


Clearbrook enriches the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, empowering them to live their fullest lives possible. With this as our mission, Clearbrook’s Home-Based Services Program offers an array of services. Home-Based Services is a Medicaid Waiver program, developed to provide families with additional support both in the home and community.

Program Highlights and Accomplishments


  • Clearbrook’s Home-Based Services Program is the largest provider of home-based services in Illinois.
  • As a leader in home-based services, Clearbrook provides training and support to Service Facilitators/Self-Directed Assistants throughout the state through a network called the Home-Based Workgroup.
  • Clearbrook’s Home-Based Services Program serves over 1,400 families annually in over 180 communities throughout 16 counties in Illinois.
  • Over 350 Supported Living Assistants work with families in our Home-Based Services Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the goal of the Home-Based Services Program? Home-Based Services is designed to promote a family environment through skill development and community integration.
  2. What are some examples of active treatment? Active treatment includes goal setting, developing daily living skills, behavior management, and other tools needed to help the participant move towards independence.
  3. What is the role of the family? Your family’s support and involvement is essential to your family member’s success in the Home-Based Services Program. Partnering together, we can make a difference in the expectations and desires that you and your loved ones have identified.

Staff Positions & Primary Responsibilities

Clearbrook recognizes that open and continuous communication between families and direct care staff is the heart of a successful relationship. The most critical staff members of our team are:

Supported Living Assistant (SLA) – Matched to families based on job qualifications, experience, scheduling, and compatibility, the SLA Provides participants with supervision, training, assistance, and guidance at home or in the community; he or she is extensively trained by Clearbrook.

Self-Directed Assistant – Provides case management services to the individual in conjunction with the family and serves as the primary contact for the family. The Service Facilitator/Self-Directed Assistant supervises the Supported Living Assistants. Facilitate services with other professionals as needed.

Family Support Specialist – Advocates and supports the IEP (individualized education plan) for the child. Assists the family with scheduling concerns, behavior programming, and transition planning.

Family Assistants – are matched to families based on job qualifications, experience, scheduling, and compatibility, the FA Provides participants with supervision, training, assistance, and guidance at home or in the community; the family assistants work 15 hours a week at an hourly rate of $20.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) – Completes functional assessments and provides behavioral supports to reduce incidents of problem behaviors and improve the adaptive and social skills of the clients. Assists in supervising interns. Provides support and training for direct care staff.

Transition Outreach Specialist – Support families through the social security and Medicaid process; provides information on special needs trusts; assists families in obtaining benefits and link families to adult services.

The Home-Based Supportive Housing Coordinator – assists individuals and their families by exploring affordable and supportive housing options. An initial intake will be completed to assess current independent living skills and housing preferences. The Supportive Housing Coordinator works in conjunction with the Self Direction Assistant (SDA) to best support your family. Direct services can include utilizing the Statewide Referral Network, HUD Resource Locator, contacting local Public Housing Authorities, phone consultations, skills assessment, assistance with finding utility resources, housing searches to help relocate, and exploring other rental housing support programs, as applicable. For more information contact Nicole Harris at 224-239-4531 nharris@clearbrook.org.

Where is the program located?

Services are provided to clients in the family home.

Home-Based Services (Administrative Offices)

1835 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Clearbrook South
2777 Finley Road, Suite 22
Downers Grove, IL 60515

What are the age requirements to participate in the program?

Participants must be 3 years or older.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about Clearbrook’s Home-Based Services, please contact Heidi Raymond, Director of Admissions at 847-385-5328 or hraymond@clearbrook.org.