was formed in the early 1970's by a small group of frustrated
rehabilitation professionals. Both physical vocational rehabilitation
organizations were represented. The Association arose out of the need
for providers of community disability and mental health services and
supports to be better represented in legislative and state policy
decisions. On August 18, 1975, the Illinois Association of
Rehabilitation Facilities was incorporated as a not-for-profit
corporation in Illinois. Its primary purpose is to assist in the
development and improvement of services to Illinois rehabilitation
facilities and the clients and patients of those facilities through
study, experiment, and exchange of experience.
the Association grew to a viable force in human services issues
statewide and nationally, it was decided that full time staff was
necessary. On November 5, 1975, the first executive director was hired
and subsequently, staff has been added to perform specific duties in
service to the membership. With this staff, the needs of all members of
the Association are promptly and effectively attended to. In January of
1980, as a means of financial stabilization, the Association purchased a
building at 206 S. 6th Street in downtown Springfield. That location
serves as the official IARF membership headquarters.
Who We Are Today
its incorporation, IARF has been the voice of human service
organizations in government. In addition we have worked to provide
agencies with individual consultation on issues that affect them
specifically. IARF also commits itself to developing programs that
return members’ investment of their dues. Our purpose is clear, "To
assist in the development and improvement of services in Illinois."
Association represents nearly 80 member agencies providing services and
supports in more than 900 locations across the state of Illinois from
Galena to Karnak, Chicago to Metro East St. Louis, and Quincy to
Danville. Our membership provides services and supports in 111 of 118
legislative districts representing a unique opportunity to shape public
policy as our membership is active at the grassroots level.
The stated purpose of IARF, according to its bylaws, is:
to assist in the development and improvement of services...
to act as a clearinghouse for information...
and to develop progressive methods of effective service to persons with disabilities through study, experiment and exchange of experience.
The powers of the IARF Board of Directors are:
adoption of the fiscal year of the Association
adoption of operating budget and authorization to carry out the activities authorized by the budget
designation od the address of the Association
designation of persons to sign and countersign all checks, drafts, and orders for the payment of money to obligate the Association by signing of notes, orders, or promises to pay
designation of banks at which Association funds shall be deposited an authorization for the opening of bank accounts
receipt, use, holding and investments of any funds, gifts, bequests or endowments of the Association and use of the same
adoption of rules and procedures, and establishment of divisions/chapters
adoption of rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities and effectively administer the affairs of the Association
delegation to the Executive Committee such authority as it deems necessary for the Committee to act for the Board between meetings
employment of the President/CEO.
The Board of Directors, in 1987 changes their structure to give more responsibility to the committees of the Association. In addition to the role committees play in the discussion of selected topics and the development of recommended positions, they also provide grassroots input into the development of legislative and public policy agendas.
The committees are the "inner workings of the organization." They keep the organization and members engaged. We are especially proud of the fact that, on average, at least 80% of our members are actively engaged with at least one of the Association's committees.
2019 IARF Board of Directors
Cornerstones Services, Inc.
Ray Graham Association
Immediate Past Chair
Developmental Services Center
Members at Large
Trinity Services, Inc.
India Alexis Ehioba
Shore Community Services, Inc.
Memorial Behavioral Health
The Arc of the Quad Cities Area
Kaskaskia Workshop, Inc.
Search Developmental Center
Chestnut Health Systems
DD Services of Metro
Goldie B. Floberg
Kreider Services, Inc.
Gus van den Brink
Sertoma Centre, Inc.