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
- HB4, House Amendment 2: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- HB4793: Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Creates a bill of rights for children of incarcerated parents. Provides that the Department of Corrections, the county sheriff, or county correctional department shall develop and implement policies and practices that adhere to the bill of rights for decisions that impact incarcerated individuals with children. Effective immediately.
- HB4800: Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. In a provision concerning the income threshold under the Department of Human Services’ Child Care Assistance Program, provides that beginning in State Fiscal Year 2021, the specified threshold for all applicants and recipients applying for a determination or redetermination of eligibility for child care assistance must be no less than 225% of the then-current federal poverty level for each family size. Effective immediately.
- HB5009: Creates the Community Emergency Services and Support Act. Provides that every unit of local government that provides emergency medical services for individuals with physical health needs must also provide appropriate emergency response services to individuals experiencing a mental or behavioral health emergency. Amends the Emergency Telephone System Act to make conforming changes.
- HB5338: Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the owner of a day care center that receives State funds directly or through a grantee may not close the day care center unless the owner: gives at least 90 days’ written notice of the proposed closure to the parent or guardian of each child attending the day care center; advises the parent or guardian of at least 2 meetings to elicit comment from parents or guardians on the proposed closure; attends the meetings or designates managerial personnel to attend the meetings. Provides that the owner or managerial personnel attending the meetings must be prepared to discuss alternatives to closure or delay of the closure to give parents or guardians additional time to secure alternative day care arrangements. Provides that failure to comply with those requirements is a violation of the Act for which the Department of Children and Family Services may impose any appropriate penalty or grant any appropriate remedy. Provides that the new provisions do not apply to closure by the Department because continued operation would jeopardize the health, safety, morals, or welfare of children. Effective immediately.
- HB5669/SB3429: Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that the State earned income tax credit shall be: (i) 19% of the federal tax credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2022 and beginning before January 1, 2023; and (ii) 20% of the federal credit for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2023. Requires the Department of Revenue and certain institutions of higher education to provide certain notices concerning the federal and State earned income tax credits. Effective immediately.
- HR647: Acknowledges that toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences can have significantly negative short-term, long-term, and generational impacts and that early interventions through trauma-informed care is the most efficient and cost effective way to combat these impacts. Urges the Illinois State Legislature to seek out opportunities to enhance legislation through the science of resiliency and a trauma informed lens and funding around early intervention services for children and families that centers the principles of brain development, the intimate connection between mental and physical health, and the concepts of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences.
- HR755/SR1051: Urges the General Assembly to increase investments in early childhood programs not only to expand access to high-quality services for children and families but also to enable Illinois to pay its early childhood workforce the wages needed to attract and retain qualified professionals.
- SR1024: Creates the High-Quality Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Committee to recommend ways to enroll more children and families in high-quality care and education programs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- SB3418: Amends the Counties Code, the Unified Code of Corrections, and the County Jail Act. Provides that the Cook County Department of Corrections, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the county sheriffs shall provide training relating to medical and mental health care issues applicable to pregnant prisoners to: (1) each correctional officer employed by the respective Department or sheriff at a facility in which female prisoners are confined; and (2) any other Department or sheriff employee whose duties involve contact with pregnant prisoners. Provides that the Department or sheriff shall develop and provide to each pregnant prisoner educational programming relating to pregnancy and parenting. Provides that the Department or sheriff shall ensure that, for a period of 72 hours after the birth of an infant by a prisoner: (1) the infant is allowed to remain with the prisoner, unless a medical professional determines doing so would pose a health or safety risk to the prisoner or infant; and (2) the prisoner has access to any nutritional or hygiene-related products necessary to care for the infant, including diapers. Provides that the Department or sheriff may not place in administrative segregation a prisoner who is pregnant or who gave birth during the preceding 30 days unless the Director or sheriff or the Director’s or sheriff’s designee determines that the placement is necessary based on a reasonable belief that the prisoner will harm herself, the prisoner’s infant, or any other person or will attempt escape. Provides that the Department or sheriff may not assign a pregnant prisoner to any bed that is elevated more than 3 feet above the floor. Effective January 1, 2021.
- SB3481: Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to examine child care institutions, maternity centers, child welfare agencies, day care centers, day care agencies, and group homes, and the persons responsible for the care of children therein. Provides that with the exception of day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes, licenses shall be issued by DHS and shall be valid for 4 years. Provides that licenses issued for day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes shall be valid for 3 years. Provides that DHS may issue one 6-month permit to a newly established facility to allow that facility reasonable time to become eligible for a full license. Permits DHS to issue an emergency permit to a child care facility taking in children as a result of the temporary closure of another facility due to a natural disaster. Permits DHS to visit facilities, without notice, to determine if they are compliant with the Act and rules. Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Removes a provision requiring the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to examine child care institutions, maternity centers, child welfare agencies, day care centers, day care agencies, and group homes. Removes a provision concerning the licensure of certain facilities by DCFS. Removes language permitting DCFS to issue an emergency permit to a child care facility taking in children because of a temporary closure due to a natural disaster. Effective immediately.
- SB2764: Creates the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program. Robust paid family leave polices afford parents the opportunity in the first weeks of life to focus on their role as a parent and on the well-being of their child, particularly when affordable, quality infant care is in low supply and licensed child care is not available until a baby is six-weeks old.
- 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.
- HB5465/SB3853: Creates the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program Act. Creates the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program within the Division of Mental Health of the Department of Human Services. Provides that the Program shall provide bridge rental subsidies for individuals at high risk of unnecessary institutionalization and individuals at high risk of overdose for purposes of stabilizing their mental illness or substance abuse disorder. Provides criteria for the award, computation, and payment of bridge rental subsidies. Sets forth the responsibilities of persons receiving from bridge rental subsidies. Provides for the identification and referral to the Program of persons eligible to receive bridge rental subsidies prior to their discharge from a hospital or release from a correctional facility. Provides standards for housing service providers, long-term housing, and temporary rental units. Provides that the Department will contract with an independent outside research organization to evaluate the Program’s effectiveness, and shall report the results of the evaluation to the General Assembly after 5 years. Provides rulemaking authority. Defines terms. Effective immediately.
- 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.
- SB3501: Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois Act. Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois, to be administered by a specified public institution of higher education for the purpose of leveraging workforce and behavioral health resources to produce reforms in Illinois. Provides for the structure and duties of the Center. Provides for the selection of the public institution of higher education to administer the Center. Provides for the adoption of rules. Effective immediately.
- HB4633/SB2561: Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Requires an individual or group policy of accident and health insurance that provides telehealth services to provide reimbursement for such services at the same rate that such services are reimbursed for an in-person consultation and to reimburse a facility fee to the originating site. Allows the Director of Insurance to alter the dollar amount of this facility fee, and requires the Director to review the amount of the fee at least once every 5 years. Defines “originating site”. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that services provided through telehealth shall be reimbursed at the same rate that such services are reimbursed for an in-person consultation. Effective immediately.
- HB5498: Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that the Department of Insurance and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall each appoint a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Compliance Officer to assist with the responsibilities of enforcing the requirements of the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that group accident and health policies providing coverage for hospital or medical treatment or services for illness on an expense-incurred basis shall provide specified coverage for the diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of mental, emotional, nervous, or substance use disorders or conditions. Provides criteria and standards for the types of treatment that constitute medically necessary treatment of mental, emotional, nervous, or substance use disorders or conditions. Provides that an insurer shall not limit benefits or coverage for chronic or pervasive mental, emotional, nervous, or substance use disorders or conditions to short-term treatment or to alleviating current symptoms. Provides that insurers shall perform specified actions to ensure the proper use of medical necessity criteria. Provides that if medically necessary services for mental, emotional, nervous, or substance use disorders or conditions are not available in-network within the geography and timeliness standards, the insurer must cover out-of-network services. Provides that if the Department of Insurance determines that an insurer has failed to meet the requirements of the amendatory Act, it shall impose a penalty per product line with respect to each beneficiary. Makes other changes.
Congressional 116th, 2nd session
- HR3, HR4768: To amend section 511 of the Social Security Act to reduce maternal mortality by continuing to invest in evidence-based home visiting models that are addressing the social determinants of maternal health and morbidity. Use of certain funds to provide additional resources to address high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity, support unmet needs identified by the needs assessment, or increase allocations to states and territories based on relative population or poverty. (Increase of funding for MIECHV).
- HR3180: To improve the identification and support of children and families who experience trauma.
- HR4146: 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.
- S.2543. To amend titles XI, XVIII, and XIX of the Social Security Act to lower prescription drug prices in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, to improve transparency related to pharmaceutical prices and transactions, to lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs, and to ensure accountability to taxpayers, and for other purposes. (This is the accompanying senate bill to HR3 for MIECHV funding. This Senate bill maintains current funding for MIECHV – flat funding process for 10 years).
- S.2719: 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.
- Black Maternal Health Momnibus: Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, Congresswoman Alma Adams, and other Congressional leaders have introduced 9 pieces of legislation to address gaps in existing legislation to comprehensively address every dimension of the Black maternal health crisis in America. This suite of bills will make critical investments in social determinants of health that influence maternal health outcomes, like housing, transportation, and nutrition; provide funding to community-based organizations that are working to improve maternal health outcomes, particularly for Black women; comprehensively study the unique maternal health risks facing women veterans and invest in VA maternity care coordination; grow and diversify the perinatal workforce to ensure that every mom in America receives maternity care and support from people she can trust; improve data collection processes and quality measures to better understand the causes of the maternal health crisis in the United States and inform solutions to address it; focus on improving maternal mental health care and substance use disorder treatments; improve maternal health care and support for incarcerated women; invest in digital tools like telehealth to improve maternal health outcomes in underserved areas; and promote innovative payment models to incentivize high-quality maternity care and continuity of health insurance coverage from pregnancy through labor and delivery and up to 1 year postpartum.