In October, 2014, I began the process of searching for a new therapist and a case-worker. My last therapist quit unexpectedly and the place I went informed me that they could no longer serve clients outside of county.
I had been praying for guidance, and one night in late October, 2014, I sensed God leading me to the website of another place. Though I had been turned down by this place because it is also out of county, I pressed on in faith and contacted them. It turns out that they had expanded their services and could now take clients outside of county.
After filling out paperwork that they e-mailed to me and 4 months of waiting, I was able to come in for a psychiatric evaluation. I then came back a short time later for my final evaluation and in April, 2015, began seeing my current therapist. I was also assigned a psychiatrist. I am able to meet in a quiet setting free of auditory distractions.
This place accepts Medicare/Medicaid, which is what I need as I can’t work to buy insurance.
My experience has been a positive one so far.
My therapist helped me get the ball rolling on obtaining a case-worker after several inquires I made to social service agencies failed, mainly due to the I.Q. barrier (I can’t be served due to my I.Q. being above 70).
First, she called my local Dept. of Human Services (DHS). She then called a place called AID ( the Association for Individual Development) and was able to get me in to be seen. More paperwork followed and then an interview. My experience with the intake person was very positive. We met in a quiet place, away from auditory distractions.
When I received a callback, I received the troublesome news that I couldn’t receive services from AID solely for having Asperger’s Disorder. It isn’t covered under their coverage code (section 131). However, the intake person didn’t give up on me. She told me we should approach this from a symptomatic view. In other words, the meltdowns that result in sensory overload maintaining safety for myself and others when out in public; having a help person to help me navigate these issues. I was approved a few weeks later. By now, it was June, 2015.
In August, I met with my caseworker for the 1st time. My sister was present at my request. We discussed what I hoped to get out of having a caseworker; taking me walking so I can stay healthy, watching a movie, beading with me and offering me some company. She also can navigate looking into any other services I need.
So far, so good. A review for AID will be done in December to see how much progress I am making.I have stated that my case is one of maintenance vs. recovery and rehabilitation. Waiting was the hardest part. I prayed my way through and know God is always with me.
It’s wonderful to know that many social services agencies have e-mail contact. I have auditory processing disorder, so this is a godsend. My sister helped me to handle what my therapist and e-mail could not do. It is important to have someone who can speak for you when you are unable. Someone you trust will convey your words, not theirs.
State of Illinois DHS web page: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29757
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