- We submitted 2nd comments on Rule 140 to HFS and JCAR. They were finalized and they unfortunately did not take our recommended suggested language to utilize the DC0-5 crosswalk. We will try to influence the development of any procedure manuals and/or best practice guidance.
- May was Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, May 6th was Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and May 15th was Trauma-Informed Awareness Day. We participated in advocacy and public awareness events throughout.
- We continued to advocate for I/ECMH funding in the 21st Century Cures Act by submitting letters to Senator Durbin’s office and to members of the Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations in the House and the Senate.
- We submitted 2nd comments on Rule 140 to HFS and JCAR.
- We slipped in support of the Senate and House resolutions to proclaim May 15th Trauma-Informed Awareness Day.
- We slipped in support of SB1316/HB2191, calling to increase reimbursement rates for Early Intervention (EI) providers.
- We slipped in support of HB2154 SA1, the Children and Young Adult Mental Health Crisis Act.
- 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).
- We submitted comments on the Rules for the Specialized Healthcare Delivery Systems (1115 Waiver) to HFS.
- We submitted comments on the Rules for the Integrated Health Home (IHH) program to HFS.
- Signed onto a joint statement with the US Lactation Consultant Association on the Opposition of the United States to the 2018 World Health Assembly resolution on breastfeeding.
- Made recommendations to the federal Families First Prevention Services Act.
- Signed onto a letter from the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, CLASP, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund and others protesting the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border.
- Submitted comments to the Federal Register opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed rule on changes to Public Charge.
- Signed onto a letter of support sponsored by 2020 Mom and The Preeclampsia Foundation to support the federal Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017, H.R.1318, and the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017, S.1112.
- Submitted comments to the Illinois Department of Human Services on Rule 132, community-based services. Significant progress was made for the birth to five population on Part 132, Rules for the Medicaid Community Mental Health Services Program:
- Language was included to promote “culturally relevant, evidence-based, developmentally appropriate, and trauma-informed mental health programs across the lifespan,”
- Early care and education programs were included as a natural setting for service provision
- And the use of developmentally appropriate diagnostic tools were included: “For clients under age 6, DC 0-5 may be utilized to develop an age appropriate diagnosis, then the crosswalk between the DSM 5/ICD -10/DC 0-5 shall be used to identify which DSM-5/ICD-10 condition will be the main focus of treatment.”