Illinois Department of Human Services

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Department of Human Services
Department overview
Jurisdiction Illinois
Department executive
  • James T. Dimas, Secretary of Human Services

The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) is the code department[1][2] of the Illinois state government 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.[3]


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.

It also includes:

  • The Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse provides community care for persons with challenges related to alcoholism and substance abuse.
  • The Office of Rehabilitation Services provides community services to persons with disabilities. In 2006, the Office had approximately 230,000 clients.
  • The Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management coordinates divisional program planning and performance management.
  • The Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness ensures the safety and readiness of the agency's facilities, staff, customers and visitors


  1. ^ Uphoff, Judy Lee (2012). "The Governor and the Executive Branch". In Lind, Nancy S.; Rankin, Erik. Governing Illinois: Your Connection to State and Local Government (PDF) (4th ed.). Center Publications, Center for State Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois at Springfield. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-0-938943-28-0. 
  2. ^ 20 ILCS 5/5-15
  3. ^ "Department of Human Services". Retrieved 2008-07-12. 

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