The Policy and Advocacy Committee’s purpose is to educate and engage ILAIMH membership in early childhood mental health policy and advocacy by promoting the inclusion of the Association’s infant mental health expertise in state level committees, coalitions, and advocacy groups that are impacting early childhood policies, programs, and systems; and informing ILAIMH members of efforts to improve public policies in Illinois that impact the lives of young children and their families.
- Under the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Rule 140, the mental health services under Medicaid has not moved to 2nd notice yet.
- Integrated Health Homes. We made comments on the IHH rules; however HFS notified JCAR that they want to withdraw the current IHH rulemaking and file a new one. In order for HFS to withdraw the current rulemaking JCAR will have to issue an Objection at the March 12 meeting. HFS has said that they will continue to work on developing its IHH program and hopes that the program will be ready at some point in FY20 but could not provide any further details at this time.
- 1115 Waiver (Specialized Health Care Delivery System). We made comments on the Rules for the 1115 waiver, but it has not moved to 2nd notice yet.
- IDPH asked the official committee for final comments on the rules for Public Act 99-0927 (SB565) in January. They will post the rules for public comment soon and we can officially comment.
- Signed onto a letter with ZERO TO THREE to advocate for increased funding under the federal 21st Century Cures Act for SAMHSA’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grants in FY20 appropriations. The sign-on letter here was delivered to the offices of Congresswoman DeLauro, Congressman Cole, and Senators Blunt and Murray.
- Submitted public comment to ISBE on the proposed rules to PA100-0105 (early childhood expulsion legislation).
101st General Assembly Legislation
The ILAIMH Policy & Advocacy Committee follows activity in the state legislation in order to disseminate information and promote activism among our members.
We are tracking the progress of several bills; click to read details of current legislation in progress.