Personal Assistant Training and Referral



SCIL does not hire personal assistants (PA’s). It is up to the consumer to employ and supervise his/her own PA. SCIL staff assist consumers with interviewing PA’s and help them learn management skills through workshops, individual consultations and support groups.

Those interested in becoming a PA may receive free training and referrals from SCIL to potential employers. SCIL’s PA program is funded through the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Home Service Program.

Anyone who needs assistance may receive referrals for trained PA’s. To receive funding for personal assistant services, consumers will be evaluated and eligibility will be determined by a DRS Home Service counselor.

Qualifications for Personal Assistants:
    • Willingness to attend training

    • Sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities

    • Enjoy working with people

    • Dependable, punctual, and ability to sometimes be creative and flexible


Hours are flexible. Positions are often available full time, part time or live in positions. For more information contact  Pete at SCIL, 217 523-2587 v/tty
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