Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF) is the trade association for community agencies in Illinois. Our members serve persons with intellectual, developmental, physical and other disabilities and persons with mental illnesses.

We know that community agencies are dependent upon state funds to continue supporting people with disabilities and mental illnesses in Illinois. One of our greatest opportunities is advocating with and on behalf of our members to ensure adequate funding for community services and appropriate public policy so that people with disabilities have access to the supports and services they need.

In addition to working with the Illinois Legislature, IARF works closely with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Children & Family Services, and the Department of Public Health. Our representation of over 80 community organizations providing services and supports in more than 900 communities statewide offers members a strong voice in government. IARF also works on issues of concern to individual members.

We are the "go to" resource for members. We can be your resource, too. If you have any questions regarding IARF membership, call Shelly Peters at (217) 753-1190 extension 108 or email

(L to R: Doug Elwell, Managing Principle, HMA; Cristal Thomas, Deputy Governor and Janet Stover, IARF President and CEO)
Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas makes a point to the IARF Meeting of the Membership on the vision behind development of the 1115 Waiver. Thomas and Doug Elwell were guests at the February Meeting of the Membership held jointly in Springfield and by satellite in Arlington Heights and Centralia.

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