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About Misericordia - Admissions

We promote development of natural family and community support, community awareness, education and advocacy.

Misericordia has several residential areas serving both children and adults. We have programs for individuals who are ambulatory and non-ambulatory and who function from a profound to moderate level of mental retardation. The McAuley Residence is a skilled nursing residence for children and young adults. The individuals must be non-ambulatory and have skilled nursing needs. At this time, we do not have child placement for children who are ambulatory. We do not offer geriatric services. We do not admit individuals who have a dual diagnosis (mental illness in addition to developmental disabilities), who have behavioral issues that may cause harm to themselves or others, nor do we admit individuals with intense medical needs to these areas.

We have an extensive waiting list for all residential areas. Priority for adult placement is given to children currently in our care. Families are expected to be very involved with their family member. This includes regular home visits, medical appointments, and attending various meetings. Families are also expected to be involved with Misericordia. There is a Family Association and several fund raisers that offset the deficit.

Individuals admitted must be from the State of Illinois and preferably live in the Chicago Metropolitan area and suburbs. The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and Social Security provide funding for children and some adult programs. Funding for the majority of adults and McAuley residents is through the Medicaid program and the individuals Social Security. All children attend community schools arranged by the home school district. All adults participate in Misericordia vocational and day programs. Some adults have jobs in the community or on our campus.

Because of the extensive waiting list, individuals applying for admission are considered "on-file" only. Before an individual is placed on the waiting list, he or she would generally be observed in one of our residential areas. Arrangements for observations are based on the availability of a bed. After the observation, a determination is made as to acceptance to the waiting list.

For further information and to receive an application for Misericordia, please call 773-973-6300 and ask for a representative from the Social Service Department.