Rep. Annazette Collins

Filed: 4/6/2005





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1397 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is amended
5 by adding Section 6d as follows:
6     (20 ILCS 505/6d new)
7     Sec. 6d. Alternate care plans for children and youth.
8     (a) The General Assembly finds that:
9         (1) Children entering the child welfare system
10     experience trauma related not only to abuse and neglect but
11     also to out of home placement.
12         (2) Untreated, the effects of trauma escalate over
13     time.
14         (3) Placement instability causes service delays and
15     interruptions that jeopardize children's physical and
16     emotional well-being.
17         (4) A significant portion of children entering
18     residential programs designed to treat complex clinical or
19     development needs do so only after multiple failed foster
20     care placements and without any intensive service
21     intervention.
22         (5) Relevant and timely service intervention has a
23     direct impact of the quality of life for children in care,
24     their length of time in care, and their long-term outcomes



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1     when they leave our care.
2     (b) To ensure that children and youth have efficient and
3 effective access to interventions, programs, and services when
4 needs are identified, the Department shall implement
5 regionally based, multi-disciplinary teams that shall be
6 responsible for developing and ensuring the implementation of
7 plans for youth in care. The Department shall promulgate rules
8 and procedures for the appointment of the teams and for the
9 administering and use of uniform assessment tools.
10     (c) The teams shall:
11         (1) Use a team-decision making process that
12     collaboratively determines the optimal plan for the youth.
13         (2) Focus on the current and immediate clinical and
14     social needs of the youth.
15         (3) Administer a uniform assessment tool, as provided
16     for in Department rules, to assist in determining the
17     child's current level of functioning and well-being.
18         (4) Be empowered to identify youth's service and
19     placement needs without restriction to program type.
20         (5) Identify the best plan to meet the child's need
21     based on the individual strengths, needs, and
22     circumstances of the child's case.
23     (d) The Department shall establish criteria for
24 identifying cases and shall define events that require a
25 meeting of participants in addition to the appointed team
26 members. The criteria or events shall include, at a minimum,
27 all children or youths who have experienced 2 unplanned
28 placement disruptions within a period of 18 months.
29     (e) Participants in a meeting required by the Department
30 shall include:
31         (1) individuals with relevant current information
32     about the child or youth;
33         (2) individuals with a professional capacity that is
34     critical to inform sound decision-making of the team about



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1     the individual youth;
2         (3) current foster parents or other caregiver, the
3     caseworker, and supervisor;
4         (4) depending on the child's age and presenting issues,
5     the youth; and
6         (5) if appropriate, a psychologist, early childhood
7     specialist, education advisor, nurse, therapist, any
8     existing SOC provider of services, the child's guardian ad
9     litem, probation personnel, and any relevant Department of
10     Children and Family Services specialist.
11     (f) The biological families of the child may be included at
12 the meeting, where appropriate.
13     (g) The Department may employ permanent staff to
14 coordinate, prepare, and facilitate the team meetings.
15     (h) The Department shall develop quality assurance
16 mechanisms to track the appropriateness of service
17 recommendations and implementation performance. The quality
18 assurance mechanisms shall include measures to collect data as
19 to timeliness and effectiveness of the team's decision, as well
20 as service gaps that are identified as the by product of these
21 meetings.
22     (i) By January 15th of each year, the Department shall
23 report to the General Assembly identified service gaps and
24 recommendations for addressing the identified service needs.".