The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) is an administrative agency of the U.S. state of Illinois. It is responsible for providing a wide variety of safety net services to Illinois residents in poverty, who are facing other economic challenges, or who have any of a variety of disabilities or health challenges. As of 2006, it was the largest administrative agency of the state of Illinois in terms of state employee headcount, with 14,057 employees.
The following subdepartments are listed alphabetically:
The Division of Community Health & Prevention attempts to maintain the health of existing family structures in Illinois by staffing efforts to contain domestic violence and maximize prenatal care and child care and welfare.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities provides community and residential services to persons with developmental disabilities. In 2006, the Division had approximately 45,000 clients.
The Division of Human Capital Development is the primary welfare agency of the state of Illinois. It oversees programs such as TANF and food stamps.
The Division of Mental Health provides community and residential services to persons with challenges of mental health.