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Full Text of HB4306  102nd General Assembly


Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Filed: 3/23/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4306 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is
5amended by adding Section 5.26 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 505/5.26 new)
7    Sec. 5.26. Holistic Mental Health Care for Youth in Care
8Task Force.
9    (a) The Holistic Mental Health Care for Youth in Care Task
10Force is created. The Task Force shall review and make
11recommendations regarding mental health and wellness services
12provided to youth in care, including a program of holistic
13mental health services provided 30 days after the date upon
14which a youth is placed in foster care, in order to determine
15how to best meet the mental health needs of youth in care.
16Additionally, the Task Force shall:



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1        (1) assess the capacity of State licensed mental
2    health professionals to provide preventive mental health
3    care to youth in care;
4        (2) review the current payment rates for mental health
5    providers serving the youth in care population;
6        (3) evaluate the process for smaller private practices
7    and agencies to bill through managed care, evaluate
8    delayed payments to mental health providers, and recommend
9    improvements to make billing practices more efficient;
10        (4) evaluate the recruitment and retention of mental
11    health providers who are persons of color to serve the
12    youth in care population; and
13        (5) any other relevant subject and processes as deemed
14    necessary by the Task Force.
15    (b) The Task Force shall have 9 members, comprised as
17        (1) The Director of Healthcare and Family Services or
18    the Director's designee.
19        (2) The Director of Children and Family Services or
20    the Director's designee.
21        (3) A member appointed by the Governor from the Office
22    of the Governor who has a focus on mental health issues.
23        (4) Two members from the House of Representatives,
24    appointed one each by the Speaker of the House of
25    Representatives and the Minority Leader of the House of
26    Representatives.



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1        (5) Two members of the Senate, appointed one each by
2    the President of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the
3    Senate.
4        (6) One member who is a former youth in care,
5    appointed by the Governor.
6        (7) One representative from the managed care entity
7    managing the YouthCare program, appointed by the Director
8    of Healthcare and Family Services.
9    Task Force members shall serve without compensation but
10may be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the
11performance of their duties.
12    (c) The Task Force shall meet at least once each month
13beginning no later than July 1, 2022 and at other times as
14determined by the Task Force. The Task Force may hold
15electronic meetings and a member of the Task Force shall be
16deemed present for the purposes of establishing a quorum and
18    (d) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services, in
19conjunction with the Department of Children and Family
20Services, shall provide administrative and other support to
21the Task Force.
22    (e) The Task Force shall prepare and submit to the
23Governor and the General Assembly at the end of each quarter a
24report that summarizes its work and makes recommendations
25resulting from its study. The Task Force shall submit its
26final report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later



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1than December 31, 2024. Upon submission of its final report,
2the Task Force is dissolved.
3    (f) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2026.
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5becoming law.".