102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/23/2021, by Sen. Sara Feigenholtz
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Rate Equity Act.
Provides that, beginning in 2023, and every State fiscal
the General Assembly shall appropriate
sufficient funds to the Department
of Human Services to ensure
grants to community-based prevention
providers of mental health and substance use disorder
under community service grant programs will be adjusted upward
amount equal to the Consumer Price Index-U from the previous
not to exceed 2% in any State fiscal year. Requires similar appropriations
to be made, beginning in 2024, to increase the reimbursement rates for
mental health centers and behavioral health clinics
and licensed or certified community-based substance use disorder
providers. Amends the Substance Use Disorder Act. Requires the Department
of Human Services to implement incremental rate increases for all
community-based substance use disorder treatment and intervention services
beginning July 1, 2021 and every State fiscal year thereafter. Amends the
Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities Administrative Act. Requires
the Department to implement incremental rate increases for all
community-based mental health
treatment services beginning July 1, 2021
and every State fiscal year thereafter. Amends the Illinois Public Aid
Code. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2021, reimbursement rates for
psychiatric and behavioral health services provided by community mental
health centers or behavioral health clinics
increased by 9%.
Requires incremental rate increases beginning July 1, 2022 and every State
fiscal year thereafter. Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
Permits the Departments of Human Services and Healthcare and Family
Services to adopt emergency rules. Effective immediately.
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AN ACT concerning mental health.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Health and Substance Use Disorder Rate Equity Act.
The General Assembly finds that:
(1) The immediate and direct impact of COVID-19 has
already resulted in thousands of lives lost and significant
incremental cost to the healthcare system.
(2) The impact of COVID-19 on child and family well-being
is intergenerational and potentially long-lasting without
appropriate intervention. Research by Child Trends
demonstrates that parents' health is one of the strongest
predictors of a child's health, and this effect is even more
pronounced for low-income families. Addressing health and
well-being across the life span is essential if Illinois is to
recover from the pandemic.
(3) The rates of anxiety and depression for all
populations have continued to rise since early June 2020,
reaching all-time highs from July 16–21, with Latinx, Asian,
Black, and multiracial groups expressing higher levels of
symptoms than non-Hispanic whites, according to the U.S.
Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and