Illinois Health Care Association was founded in 1950. Led by an 13-member board of directors, the Illinois Health Care Association is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 400 licensed and certified long term care facilities and programs throughout the State of Illinois. The Center is the ID/DD legislative/regulatory division of Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA). This allow the Center’s membership to determine its own direction regarding regulatory and legislative issues, while bringing added strength.


The Long Term Care Nurses Association (LTCNA) brings together nurses who are committed to education, networking, career advancement opportunities, public relations, and resident advocacy. LTCNA is affiliated with the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA). IHCA represents more than 375 long-term care facilities and programs in Illinois. Check us out online at Strength in Knowledge; Strength in Compassion; Strength in Numbers!


Incorporated in 1992, the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) is a nursing specialty organization committed to advocacy, education, and care for nurses who provide services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). DDNA believes that I/DD nurses are the experts in this specialty area of nursing. Our goal is to foster the growth of nursing knowledge and expertise about optimal care of persons with I/DD, thereby improving their care, services, and quality of life.  We provide high quality education, national recognition, and certification in this important, highly skilled area of nursing practice. DDNA offers continuously updated news relevant to the care of persons with I/DD, with more than 1,300 references on its website; provides high-quality education in the form of conferences and interactive online coures; promotes and supports opportunities for professional networking among members through our regional chapters/networks and online; publishes a peer-reviewed scholarly online journal in I/DD nursing; and offers certification in the specialty of I/DD nursing to both RNs and LPN/LVNs via experience, examination, and continuing education.

Voices Of Reason (VOR)

VOR represents primarily individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families/guardians. VOR advocates that the final determination of what is appropriate depends on the unique abilities and needs of the individual and desires of the family and guardians.