Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the Department of Children and Family Services shall implement a project in 3 separate geographical areas of the State for the operation of 3 CILA homes for adolescents diagnosed with autism. Requires that a single service provider operate all 3 homes and have on its staff a behavior therapist. Effective July 1, 2007.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Division, shall provide for the establishment of 3 children's group homes for adolescents who have been diagnosed with autism and featuring maximum family involvement. Provides that an eligible service provider: (i) must have a minimum of 5 years experience serving individuals with autism residentially and have successfully supported individuals with challenging behaviors; (ii) must demonstrate that staff have equal experience in this regard; and (iii) must have a full-time Board-Certified Behavior Analyst on staff. Provides that the homes shall provide therapeutic and other support services to the adolescents being served there. Provides that an agreeable rate shall be established by the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Division. Effective July 1, 2007.