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1    AN ACT concerning health.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Children's Mental Health Act of 2003 is
5amended by changing Sections 1 and 5 as follows:
6    (405 ILCS 49/1)
7    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
8Children's Mental Health Act of 2003.
9(Source: P.A. 93-495, eff. 8-8-03.)
10    (405 ILCS 49/5)
11    Sec. 5. Children's Mental Health Partnership; Children's
12Mental Health Plan.
13    (a) The Children's Mental Health Partnership (hereafter
14referred to as "the Partnership") created under Public Act
1593-495 and continued under this amendatory Act of the 102nd
16General Assembly shall advise State agencies on designing and
17implementing short-term and long-term strategies to provide
18comprehensive and coordinated services for children from birth
19to age 25 and their families with the goal of addressing
20children's mental health needs across a full continuum of
21care, including social determinants of health, prevention,
22early identification, and treatment. The recommended



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1strategies shall build upon the recommendations in the
2Children's Mental Health Plan of 2022 and may include, but are
3not limited to, recommendations regarding the following: The
4State of Illinois shall develop a Children's Mental Health
5Plan containing short-term and long-term recommendations to
6provide comprehensive, coordinated mental health prevention,
7early intervention, and treatment services for children from
8birth through age 18. This Plan shall include but not be
9limited to:
10        (1) Increasing public awareness on issues connected to
11    children's mental health and wellness to decrease stigma,
12    promote acceptance, and strengthen the ability of
13    children, families, and communities to access supports.
14    Coordinated provider services and interagency referral
15    networks for children from birth through age 18 to
16    maximize resources and minimize duplication of services.
17        (2) Coordination of programs, services, and policies
18    across child-serving State agencies to best monitor and
19    assess spending, as well as foster innovation of adaptive
20    or new practices. Guidelines for incorporating social and
21    emotional development into school learning standards and
22    educational programs, pursuant to Section 15 of this Act.
23        (3) Funding and resources for children's mental health
24    prevention, early identification, and treatment across
25    child-serving State agencies. Protocols for implementing
26    screening and assessment of children prior to any



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1    admission to an inpatient hospital for psychiatric
2    services, pursuant to subsection (a) of Section 5-5.23 of
3    the Illinois Public Aid Code.
4        (4) Facilitation of research on best practices and
5    model programs and dissemination of this information to
6    State policymakers, practitioners, and the general public.
7    Recommendations regarding a State budget for children's
8    mental health prevention, early intervention, and
9    treatment across all State agencies.
10        (5) Monitoring programs, services, and policies
11    addressing children's mental health and wellness.
12    Recommendations for State and local mechanisms for
13    integrating federal, State, and local funding sources for
14    children's mental health.
15        (6) Growing, retaining, diversifying, and supporting
16    the child-serving workforce, with special emphasis on
17    professional development around child and family mental
18    health and wellness services. Recommendations for building
19    a qualified and adequately trained workforce prepared to
20    provide mental health services for children from birth
21    through age 18 and their families.
22        (7) Supporting the design, implementation, and
23    evaluation of a quality-driven children's mental health
24    system of care across all child services that prevents
25    mental health concerns and mitigates trauma.
26    Recommendations for facilitating research on best



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1    practices and model programs, and dissemination of this
2    information to Illinois policymakers, practitioners, and
3    the general public through training, technical assistance,
4    and educational materials.
5        (8) Improving the system to more effectively meet the
6    emergency and residential placement needs for all children
7    with severe mental and behavioral challenges.
8    Recommendations for a comprehensive, multi-faceted public
9    awareness campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness
10    and educate families, the general public, and other key
11    audiences about the benefits of children's social and
12    emotional development, and how to access services.
13        (9) Recommendations for creating a quality-driven
14    children's mental health system with shared accountability
15    among key State agencies and programs that conducts
16    ongoing needs assessments, uses outcome indicators and
17    benchmarks to measure progress, and implements quality
18    data tracking and reporting systems.
19        (10) Recommendations for ensuring all Illinois youth
20    receive mental health education and have access to mental
21    health care in the school setting. In developing these
22    recommendations, the Children's Mental Health Partnership
23    created under subsection (b) shall consult with the State
24    Board of Education, education practitioners, including,
25    but not limited to, administrators, regional
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1    personnel, health care professionals, including mental
2    health professionals and child health leaders, disability
3    advocates, and other representatives as necessary to
4    ensure the interests of all students are represented.
5    (b) The Children's Mental Health Partnership (hereafter
6referred to as "the Partnership") is created. The Partnership
7shall have the responsibility of developing and updating the
8Children's Mental Health Plan and advising the relevant State
9agencies on implementation of the Plan. The Children's Mental
10Health Partnership shall be comprised of the following
12        (1) The Governor or his or her designee.
13        (2) The Attorney General or his or her designee.
14        (3) The Secretary of the Department of Human Services
15    or his or her designee.
16        (4) The State Superintendent of Education or his or
17    her designee.
18        (5) The Director of the Department of Children and
19    Family Services or his or her designee.
20        (6) The Director of the Department of Healthcare and
21    Family Services or his or her designee.
22        (7) The Director of the Department of Public Health or
23    his or her designee.
24        (8) The Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice
25    or his or her designee.
26        (9) The Executive Director of the Governor's Office of



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1    Early Childhood Development or his or her designee.
2        (10) The Director of the Criminal Justice Information
3    Authority or his or her designee.
4        (11) One member of the General Assembly appointed by
5    the Speaker of the House.
6        (12) One member of the General Assembly appointed by
7    the President of the Senate.
8        (13) One member of the General Assembly appointed by
9    the Minority Leader of the Senate.
10        (14) One member of the General Assembly appointed by
11    the Minority Leader of the House.
12        (15) Up to 25 representatives from the public
13    reflecting a diversity of age, gender identity, race,
14    ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location,
15    to be appointed by the Governor. Those public members
16    appointed under this paragraph must include, but are not
17    limited to:
18            (A) a family member or individual with lived
19        experience in the children's mental health system;
20            (B) a child advocate;
21            (C) a community mental health expert,
22        practitioner, or provider;
23            (D) a representative of a statewide association
24        representing a majority of hospitals in the State;
25            (E) an early childhood expert or practitioner;
26            (F) a representative from the K-12 school system;



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1            (G) a representative from the healthcare sector;
2            (H) a substance use prevention expert or
3        practitioner, or a representative of a statewide
4        association representing community-based mental health
5        substance use disorder treatment providers in the
6        State;
7            (I) a violence prevention expert or practitioner;
8            (J) a representative from the juvenile justice
9        system;
10            (K) a school social worker; and
11            (L) a representative of a statewide organization
12        representing pediatricians.
13        (16) Two co-chairs appointed by the Governor, one
14    being a representative from the public and one being a
15    representative from the State.
17    The members appointed by the Governor shall be appointed
18for 4 years with one opportunity for reappointment, except as
19otherwise provided for in this subsection. Members who were
20appointed by the Governor and are serving on the effective
21date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly
22shall maintain their appointment until the term of their
23appointment has expired. For new appointments made pursuant to
24this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, members
25shall be appointed for one-year, two-year, or four-year terms,
26as determined by the Governor, with no more than 9 of the



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1Governor's new or existing appointees serving the same term.
2Those new appointments serving a one-year or 2-year term may
3be appointed to 2 additional 4-year terms. If a vacancy occurs
4in the Partnership membership, the vacancy shall be filled in
5the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder
6of the term.
7    The Partnership shall be convened no later than January
831, 2023 to discuss the changes in this amendatory Act of the
9102nd General Assembly.
10    The members of the Partnership shall serve without
11compensation but may be entitled to reimbursement for all
12necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their
13official duties as members of the Partnership from funds
14appropriated for that purpose.
15    The Partnership may convene and appoint special committees
16or study groups to operate under the direction of the
17Partnership. Persons appointed to such special committees or
18study groups shall only receive reimbursement for reasonable
20monitoring the implementation of the Children's Mental Health
21Plan as approved by the Governor. The Children's Mental Health
22Partnership shall be comprised of: the Secretary of Human
23Services or his or her designee; the State Superintendent of
24Education or his or her designee; the directors of the
25departments of Children and Family Services, Healthcare and
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1designees; the head of the Illinois Violence Prevention
2Authority, or his or her designee; the Attorney General or his
3or her designee; up to 25 representatives of community mental
4health authorities and statewide mental health, children and
5family advocacy, early childhood, education, health, substance
6abuse, violence prevention, and juvenile justice organizations
7or associations, to be appointed by the Governor; and 2
8members of each caucus of the House of Representatives and
9Senate appointed by the Speaker of the House of
10Representatives and the President of the Senate, respectively.
11The Governor shall appoint the Partnership Chair and shall
12designate a Governor's staff liaison to work with the
14    (c) (Blank). The Partnership shall submit a Preliminary
15Plan to the Governor on September 30, 2004 and shall submit the
16Final Plan on June 30, 2005. Thereafter, on September 30 of
17each year, the Partnership shall submit an annual report to
18the Governor on the progress of Plan implementation and
19recommendations for revisions in the Plan. The Final Plan and
20annual reports submitted in subsequent years shall include
21estimates of savings achieved in prior fiscal years under
22subsection (a) of Section 5-5.23 of the Illinois Public Aid
23Code and federal financial participation received under
24subsection (b) of Section 5-5.23 of that Code. The Department
25of Healthcare and Family Services shall provide technical
26assistance in developing these estimates and reports.



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1    (d) The Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership has
2the following powers and duties:
3        (1) Conducting research assessments to determine the
4    needs and gaps of programs, services, and policies that
5    touch children's mental health.
6        (2) Developing policy statements for interagency
7    cooperation to cover all aspects of mental health
8    delivery, including social determinants of health,
9    prevention, early identification, and treatment.
10        (3) Recommending policies and provide information on
11    effective programs for delivery of mental health services.
12        (4) Using funding from federal, state, or
13    philanthropic partners, to fund pilot programs or research
14    activities to resource innovative practices by
15    organizational partners that will address children's
16    mental health. However, the Partnership may not provide
17    direct services.
18        (5) Submitting an annual report, on or before December
19    30 of each year, to the Governor and the General Assembly
20    on the progress of the Plan, any recommendations regarding
21    State policies, laws, or rules necessary to fulfill the
22    purposes of the Act, and any additional recommendations
23    regarding mental or behavioral health that the Partnership
24    deems necessary.
25        (6) Employing an Executive Director and setting the
26    compensation of the Executive Director and other such



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1    employees and technical assistance as it deems necessary
2    to carry out its duties under this Section.
3    The Partnership may designate a fiscal and administrative
4agent that can accept funds to carry out its duties as outlined
5in this Section.
6    The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall
7provide technical and administrative support for the
9    (e) The Partnership may accept monetary gifts or grants
10from the federal government or any agency thereof, from any
11charitable foundation or professional association, or from any
12reputable source for implementation of any program necessary
13or desirable to carry out the powers and duties as defined
14under this Section.
15    (f) On or before January 1, 2027, the Partnership shall
16submit recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly
17that includes recommended updates to the Act to reflect the
18current mental health landscape in this State.
19(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21; 102-116, eff. 7-23-21.)
20    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
211, 2023.