RAMP is an Illinois-based nonprofit, non-residential center for independent living (CIL) with locations in Boone, DeKalb, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.
RAMP assists disabled individuals who do not require the services of a long-term care facility but may face issues like affordable or accessible housing or support systems.
About 559,200 elderly and disabled people reside in Illinois and need services to help them live independently. RAMP provides these individuals with the knowledge and support they need to accomplish that goal.
RAMP services are provided at no cost. Services offered include the Community Reintegration and Money Follows the Person programs, both initiatives done in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Through these programs, former nursing home residents can return to their communities and receive reintegration services.
"When an individual is residing in an institution, their full potential will never unfold and their ability to fully participate in all aspects of life is impossible," RAMP said. "Only when individuals are living in their community are they able to give back via employment, voting, shopping, homeownership and all other responsibilities, duties and privileges that an integrated life entails."
Income requirements for RAMP include a participant's assets cannot exceed $17,500 and their family's assets cannot exceed $35,000 (car and home are excluded). Once eligibility is established, participants begin work with a transition coordinator.
Being able to live independently rather than in a nursing facility saves consumers a tremendous amount of money. Since RAMP was launched, the people of Illinois have saved $225 million in Medicaid reimbursements.