The ILAIMH Policy & Advocacy Committee follows activity in state and federal legislation in order to disseminate information and promote activism among our members.
Illinois 101st General Assembly
House and Senate legislators are back in Springfield for session and are beginning to file the bills/legislation that will be voted on this year. The deadline for filing bills is February 14th and after that, the ILAIMH Policy and Advocacy Committee will compile a legislative agenda and list of bills that we are following. In the meantime, here are some initial bills we are following.
- HB3984/SB2317: Asks for an additional $4 million in appropriations to DHS-funded home visiting. Appropriates certain amounts from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Human Services for family and community services and related distributive purposes, including federal funds that are made available for grants and expenses associated with Parents Too Soon and the Healthy Families Program
- HB2191/SB1316: Amends the Early Intervention Services System Act. Provides that, for State fiscal years 2020 through 2022, the Department of Human Services shall increase reimbursement rates for early intervention services and related services by 3% each State fiscal year; except that, for State fiscal years 2020 through 2022, the Department of Human Services shall increase reimbursement rates for developmental therapy services by 6% each State fiscal year. Overall, a $25 million increase to accommodate the state’s growing caseload, particularly those children with lead exposure; implement strategies to reduce service delay; increase provider reimbursement rates; decrease caseloads and increase salaries for service coordinators; and allow IDHS to update its data system.
- HB4, House Amendment 1: Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that doula and home visiting services shall be covered under the medical assistance program (Medicaid). Sets forth certain certification and training requirements a doula must satisfy to qualify for reimbursement under the medical assistance program.
- HB3975/SB2315: Amends the School Code. Prohibits a school district employee or volunteer or an independent contractor of a school district from placing a student in seclusion; defines seclusion. Provides that this prohibition does not apply to the use of seclusion in a court-ordered placement, other than a placement in an educational program of a school district, or in a placement or facility to which other laws or rules apply. Requires State Board of Education rulemaking.
- SB2332: Amends the School Code and the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Eliminates the requirement that the Chicago Board of Education establish an Office of Chronic Truant Adjudication. Requires the Chicago Board of Education to implement a socio-emotional focused attendance policy that targets the underlying causes of chronic truancy. Makes changes concerning the Chicago school district’s truancy intervention services for a pupil and the pupil’s parent or guardian. Revises language to make certain actions permissible rather than mandatory with respect to truancy. Makes other changes, including changes concerning penalties.
- SB2323: Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Removes obsolete language in provisions concerning behavioral interventions for students with disabilities who require behavioral intervention. Makes changes concerning a school board’s policies and procedures on the use of behavioral interventions, including requirements related to the use of time outs and physical restraint. Allows for complaints to be filed with the State Superintendent of Education.
- SB2473: Amends the Compulsory Attendance Article of the School Code. Provides that a public school student shall be granted up to 5 days of excused absences in any school year for the reason of the mental or behavioral health of the student. Requires that a student whose absence is excused for this reason be provided the opportunity to make up any school work missed during the absence.
- SB2328: Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall create and maintain an online database and resource page on its website. Provides that the database and resource page shall contain mental health resources specifically geared toward post-secondary social workers, counselors, parents, faculty, graduate assistants, school administrators, graduate and undergraduate students, and support personnel with the goal of connecting those people with mental health resources related to crisis services, wellness, sexual health, survivor support, gender-based violence, nutrition, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, violence prevention, suicide prevention, and substance use and encouraging information sharing among educational administrators, security personnel, resource officers, faculty, students, and all other employees of a university or college.
- HB4578: Amends the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act. In language providing that a written delegation of prescriptive authority by a collaborating physician may only include medications for the treatment of mental health disease or illness the collaborating physician generally provides to his or her patients in the normal course of his or her clinical practice, deletes an exception for patients who are less than 17 years of age or over 65 years of age.
Congressional 116th, 2nd session
- The Trauma-Informed Schools Act of 2019 has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor by Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts. If signed into law, this act would amend the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act to align federal funding sources to invest in trauma-informed education for teacher professional development and after-school programming, as well define “trauma-informed practices” for federal education laws:
- U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.), alongside Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), introduced the bipartisan Creating Early Childhood Leaders Act, which would ensure school leaders are able to effectively support early education teachers and provide children with high-quality early learning programs.