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Crissy Castil­lo named Pres­i­dent of the Illi­nois Coun­cil of Care Coor­di­na­tion Units

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Crissy Castil­lo, KYC’s Direc­tor of Old­er Adult Ser­vices, was recent­ly named Pres­i­dent of the Illi­nois Coun­cil of Care Coor­di­na­tion Units (ICC­CU), a statewide aging asso­ci­a­tion in Spring­field, Illi­nois. We are excit­ed to share this news and to intro­duce one of the ways that KYC advo­cates for old­er adults.

Care Coor­di­na­tion Units, or CCUs, include com­mu­ni­ty based agen­cies des­ig­nat­ed by the Illi­nois Depart­ment on Aging to be Care Coor­di­na­tion Units. CCUs pro­vide Com­pre­hen­sive Care Coor­di­na­tion to: 

  • assist old­er adults to remain as inde­pen­dent as possible 
  • pro­vide access to com­mu­ni­ty based long term services 
  • pro­vide case man­age­ment for the Com­mu­ni­ty Care Program 
  • pre­vent or delay nurs­ing home placement 

The ICC­CU is an asso­ci­a­tion of 32 mem­bers from across the state, includ­ing Ken­neth Young Cen­ter. Crissy was nom­i­nat­ed and vot­ed on by the ICC­CU to serve as Pres­i­dent ear­li­er this summer. 

The ICC­CU advo­cates to con­tin­ue to enhance the crit­i­cal pro­gram­ming that helps our state’s old­er adult pop­u­la­tion remain safe­ly in their own homes for as long as pos­si­ble. Crissy and the addi­tion­al ICCCU’s Exec­u­tive Board mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in meet­ings with state rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Spring­field to offer advice and pro­vide input for new and revised state poli­cies that impact old­er adult ser­vices. Recent­ly, the ICC­CU is focused on con­nect­ing with Gov­er­nor-elect JB Pritzk­er, they also reg­u­lar­ly meet with key staff mem­bers from the Illi­nois Depart­ment on Aging. 

KYC’s active role in advis­ing state pol­i­cy through Crissy’s lead­er­ship in the ICC­CU gives us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to insight­ful­ly advo­cate for the best inter­ests of old­er adults and for the orga­ni­za­tions that pro­vides them with cru­cial ser­vices. Many of KYC’s pro­grams and ser­vices are financed in whole or in part by state fund­ing, and pol­i­cy changes at the state lev­el have a sub­stan­tial impact on the many ser­vices we pro­vide. Crissy’s work helps to pro­tect not only our clients, but old­er adults across the state. We are very thank­ful to have com­pas­sion­ate lead­ers among the KYC team, and appre­ci­ate all of the work that Crissy does to bet­ter serve our com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers. Con­grat­u­la­tions and thank you, Crissy! 

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