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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A Community Agency

Elm City Rehabilitation Center, a not-for‑profit organization, was founded in August 1959. ECC has been at its current location on West Walnut for over 27 years and has been a Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce member since the early 1970's. Vocationally oriented, ECC helps people with disabilities be independent and live in the community.

CARF Accredited

ECC has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services (CARF) since 1972. Our current accreditations include

  • Case Management Services : Psychosocial Rehab (Adults)

  • Community Housing : Psychosocial Rehab (Adults)

  • Community Integration : Psychosocial Rehab (Adults)

  • Community Services : Community Housing

  • Community Services : Community Integration

  • Community Services : Supported Living

  • Employment Services - Organizational Employment Services

  • Supported Living : Psychosocial Rehab (Adults)


To operate quality programs and services that provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to optimize their earnings, maximize skill levels, live in the least restrictive environment, and actively participate in community activities.


Our Vision

  • An organization that recognizes the capabilities of persons with disabilities and promotes their participation in all aspects of community life.

  • An organization committed to improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities.

  • An organization that strives to provide and maintain the highest quality services to consumers and customers.

  • An organization that is governed and staffed by people who are caring, professional, and responsive to the needs of consumers.

  • A financially stable and well-managed business that is an asset to the community.

Our Services
  • Vocational programs - Our main campus is located on 11 acres with almost 100,000 sq feet of space for production work, classrooms, and offices.
  • Clyde York Social Center - There is a very active social center located just north of the downtown Jacksonville area. The social center is open all year round and offers a complete range of services from cooking classes to simply a place to meet friends.
  • Residential - There are residential facilities located around Jacksonville. These apartment and homes provide independent living options for the people living there. The facilities range from group homes, congregate living, to independent apartments/homes
  • Social Services - A social service program helps people remain independent by providing assistance as simple as balancing a checkbook or coordinating services with multiple agencies.
  •  Orientation to the work environment.

  •  Orientation to the job culture..         

  •  Orientation to work duties.

  •  Job performance and progress.       

  •   Increasing individual performance, as appropriate

  •   Work-site job modifications, if needed.

  •  Integration into the employment setting.

  •  Strategies for resolving job-related issues.

  •  Use of transportation.

  •  Referral to other services.

  •  Community Job Placement/Follow-up services.

  •  Advocacy services

  • Basic self-care skills.

    • Menu planning and meal preparation.

    • Communication skills.

    • Housekeeping and home maintenance skills.

  • Basic, functional academic skills.

  • Career planning.

  • Consumer affairs and rights

    • Knowledge of governmental and community service agencies

    • Self-advocacy and assertiveness training.

  • Developing socially appropriate and age-appropriate behaviors.

    • Interpersonal relationships including those with the personís spouse, family, and friends.

    • Life issues and transitions (e.g., leaving home, substance abuse, parenting, divorce, retirement, and death).

  • Financial and legal management including purchasing, banking, handling taxes, budgeting, and repaying debts.

  • Health maintenance

    • Medication management

    • Exercise and fitness

    • Nutrition and diet management

    • Personal hygiene

    • Infection control

    • Safety practices including dealing with injuries and life-threatening situations

    • Human sexuality.

  • Daily living tasks

    • Mobility, travel and community transportation skills.

    • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.

    • Recreational and leisure time activities.

    • Use of phone and computer resources.

    • Utilization of community services and resources (e.g., laundromats, the library, post office, church, stores and consumer affairs office).

    • Contingency planning, problem solving, decision making.

  • Case management and service coordination

Our Goals

Meeting the packaging, production and manufacturing requirements of our customers with:

  • Product Assembly, Packaging

  • A skilled and professionally trained workforce

  • Inventory control and quality assurance programs

  • Competitive Pricing

  • Warehousing, Delivery

Helping people with disabilities live in the community

  • Vocational Services and employment

  • Residential and Social Services

Specialty Packaging

We provide specialty packaging and production services to companies needing quick turn around time with quality that meets and exceeds customers expectations. Many of our customers are local companies with whom we have had a long relationship. We also have regular customers from  Tennessee and New York. Workshop programs bid for large production contracts in the competitive market. Success for these jobs comes from meeting the customers requirements in terms of quality, cost, on‑time delivery, and meeting all agreed to deadlines. We regularly augment our regular work force with non-handicapped workers for very large jobs or when a customer's delivery time is extremely tight


As an employer, ECC follows all of the Federal and State rules any other business must comply with. In addition, we follow the US Department of Labor's requirements for community rehabilitation providers (CRP) under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. As a CRP we are able to adjust work requirements to an individual's capabilities. 


Production work provides over half of the revenue needed to operate the ECC businesses. Funding is also provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services' Offices of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health for educational, social services, and support programs.

Located in Jacksonville, Illinois,  ECC serves residents of Morgan and Scott counties. Schools, social service and government agencies, families, employers, and other interested persons can all refer people to the Center. Referrals should be made to the Center's Admissions and Program Advisory Council
  • Basic Eligibility Requirements for all programs

    • Be at least 16 years old. There are no upper limits to age

    • Have a documented vocational, emotional, mental, or physical disability.

    • Be free of contagious disease except those protected by law.

    • Be free of behavior, which is harmful to them, others, and staff/property.

    • Be able to benefit from a program of services.

    • Be approved by the Center's Admission Council.

  •  Additional Eligibility Requirements for Day Programs:

    • Vocational Evaluation

      • Have a funding source

    • Work Adjustment Training

      • Have a funding source

      • Have had a vocational evaluation completed within the previous nine months.

      • Have an identified goal from evaluation of sheltered workshop, skills training, or competitive employment.

      • Have the potential for a production rate above 50% with one year less of training.

    • Transitional Training

      • Have a funding source

      • Be able to produce at a production rate of 30% or more of industrial minimum with no less than 30% in each of the three major types of contracts.

      • Be able to work with no less than 1-12 supervision ratio.

      • Maintain an attendance rate of at least 85%

      • Be able to work in groups

      • Be able to maintain the necessary quality on all contract work

    • Developmental Training

      • Have a funding source

    • Regular Work

      • Be 18 years of age or older.

      • Be able to produce at a production rate of 85% of industrial standard with no less than 50% on each of three major types of contracts over a three month period.

      • Be able to work with at least a 1-15 supervision ratio, Have a 95% attendance rate and  Be able to work in groups.

      • Have the functional ability to accept a lay-off.

      • Be capable of maintaining self in the community with limited assistance.

      • Be able to maintain the necessary quality on all contracts

      • Be able to understand and observe safety regulations and have exhibited ability to maintain a good safety record.

      • Be able to accept and maintain acceptable standards of worker grooming and personal hygiene

  • Additional Eligibility Requirements for Residential/Case Management Programs


      •  Be at least 18 years of age or older and have an emotional disability.

      • Meet the requirements of Morgan County Housing Authority and pass a background check.

      •  Be free of addiction to alcohol and non-prescription drugs.

      •  Not be under warrant for criminal action.

      •  Be compatible with co-residents, be able to complete all daily living skills without staff supervision, and be self-medicating.

      • Either be working or attending day programming.

      • Have a previous history of success in other types of residential programming.

    • GROUP HOME same as Supported Living plus:

      • Have beginning knowledge of community living skills.

      • Be motivated to learn independent living tasks.

    • SUPPORT SERVICES (most services provided to people living independently in the community)

      • Be 18 years or older.

      •  Have a prior or continuing emotional disability.

Each individual program may have additional eligibility requirements as determined by the funding source, contractual agreements, and availability of funds, and openings in the programs
An Equal Opportunity Employer

No person is denied entrance on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, race, or disability.

Elm City Center

An equal opportunity employer.

Revised - 1/10/2018