1314 West Walnut,

Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Off: 217-245-9504

Fax: 217-245-2350  

Email: ecc@elmcity.org

Web page: www.elmcity.org

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Welcome to Elm City Center!

Providing services to people with disabilities since 1959

A Community Based Agency Providing Work, Vocational, Residential and Social Services

  • We help people with disabilities be independent and live in the community.
  • We serve over 200 people a day.
  • We have over 100,000 square feet of production space with 9 docks and over $500,000 of shrink-wrap packaging equipment. Our customers are in retail stores through out North America. We can provide specialized packaging in almost any volume.
  • We have offer certified confidential shredding for documents.
  • We have residential programs throughout Jacksonville.
  • We have been nationally accredited by  CARF since 1972.



Elm City's AKtion Club is expanding by adding four members. The club is associated with the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club and has been active in many community events. Past projects have included working at the  annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage event which served over 5,000 people, diapers and clothes for overseas projects, raising money for Relay for Life (annually they raise about $3,000), delivering meals for local seniors, Salvation Army Bell ringing. and many other projects. The Club has about 25 members and is looking for local projects. Their goal is to give back to the community and help other people. The club is starting a new year so a new slate of officers is scheduled for a vote at the next meeting. The AKtion Club will be visiting the main Kiwanis club meetings soon.  


On April 30, 2014 we were part of IARF's Advocacy Day at the state capitol. We met briefly with Governor Quinn and spent substantial time with Sen. Sam McCann, and Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer. The goal was to talk to our representatives to maintain the increased tax base which would allow some of the items listed below.  According to Governor Quinn, if the income tax rate increase drops from 5% to 3.75%, he will be forced to make 24.5% funding cuts across the board. At a previous appropriations hearing, DHS Secretary Michelle Saddler testified on a long list service cuts that would happen at the 14% level. Details : http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=71009.

A 24% cut is so drastic that even DHS planners could not describe the effect.

Gov. Quinn's opposition feels the tax should be dropped and feel there are other ways to solve the state's financial problems. Some feel the effects of the tax cuts are being exaggerated. Others simply want  additional specific spending cuts to get the state back in good financial shape. Still other groups feel the tax should be extended for several years to develop clear, obtainable outcomes without ruining long standing services.

Specifically, we went to ask for:

  • $1.00 per hour increase in wages for direct service personnel effective January 1, 2015.(Included in the Division of Developmental Disabilities budget request) While the Division’s request has that total at $30 million, we believe the correct projected total to ensure the full $1.00 per hour increase is $37 million.
  • 17% rate adjustment for Medicaid Mental Health Services totalling $28.4 million in the Division of Mental Health’s budget. While this request is not outlined in the Division’s request, we believe it is necessary to ensure adequate services and supports.
  • $10 per month increase in the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) totalling $1.9 million in the Division of Developmental Disabilities budget to ensure adults residing in ICFDD and CILA have funds to purchase clothing, personal hygiene, and other comfort items.
  • $1.6 million restoration of Addiction Prevention funding in the Division of Family and Community Services budget to restore this level of funding to FY12 levels.

 In the FY15 Budget Book prepared by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), two columns are outlined presenting an FY15 budget request and a “not recommended” FY15 budget request.  The “not recommended” budget request includes 24.5% across-the-board cuts to appropriations that fund community-based services and supports for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, and substance use disorders.  This level of cut would eviscerate the community-based system.


On March 13, 2014, we received notice that Elm City had been awarded a 3 year national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities  (CARF). Our CARF Survey was 2/19/2014 through 2/21/2014. We have been accredited by CARF since it was first required by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) over 30 years ago.  A copy of the survey report is located in the listing on the left of the page.

Throughout a typical year, Elm City goes through multiple surveys and reviews to make sure we are providing good quality programs and facilities: DHS\Bureau of Accreditation Licensure and Certification, DHS\Bureau of Quality Management, DHS financial reviews, State Fire Marshall, DMH post payment reviews, facility reviews for HVAC/electrical/safety systems, insurance reviews, financial audits. They all require significant preparation work to make sure we comply with the various regulations we are required to follow


The remodeling of our two most recent homes is done.  One will be 100% accessible by people in wheel chairs. The other will simply be a regular home. Both homes:

  • Are large, converted duplexes with four bedrooms. 

  • Have laundry facilities with washer and dryer

  • Each home will have 24 hour staff to assist with whatever needs to be done.

  • Are in regular residential neighborhoods.

We are on the market for two more homes that meet the CILA requirements. By the time this is all done we will have 6 group homes and over 20 apartments throughout Jacksonville. We have been talking with DDD Transitions about people we know who moved from JDC and want to return to Jacksonville. We are also open to people on Puns, part of Ligas. or simply looking to transition from home to independence.

This home is 100% wheelchair accessible with very large bathroom, roll in showers, an extra large kitchen, a covered outdoor deck, and large living areas.

This home has an extra large kitchen, enclosed breezeway, two living rooms, a three car garage, and many closets.

If you know someone with a disability who is looking for a residential setting or you simply want more information contact Judy Leak at 217-245-9504.

Elm City Lawn crews keeping JDC looking good

We have a state use contract with the State of Illinois to maintain the lawn at Jacksonville Developmental Center (JDC) through 2015. JDC itself may be closed, but the grass keeps growing. It is our job to keep the grounds looking good with general ground maintenance and mowing. The job requires cutting 61 acres around buildings, trees, streets, gardens, and sidewalks. Our mowing crew uses four large John Deere 31 horsepower mowers with 5' and-6' decks, hand mowers for tight spots, string trimmers, and groundskeepers. All our mower operators need to be able to work relatively independently to cover the acres we need to cut and get it done within the contract time allowed. Everyone gets trained on how to safely run the mowers and use the other equipment. The crew uses a 2013 Dodge RAM Truck with a 16' trailer to move the equipment to the mowing sites and pick up materials. We regularly go through the grounds picking up broken tree limbs and other debris as required. We also notify the security staff at JDC when the lawn crews find closed buildings with broken windows and open doors. This has been a very good job for our crews who have done a great job. And the mowing season starts........

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