102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/19/2022, by Sen. Laura Fine
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Ensuring a More Qualified, Competent, and Diverse
Community Behavioral Health Workforce Act. Requires the Department of
Human Services, Division of Mental Health, to award grants or contracts to
licensed community mental health centers or behavioral health clinics to
establish or enhance training and supervision of interns and behavioral
health providers-in-training pursuing licensure as a licensed clinical
social worker, licensed clinical professional counselor, and licensed
marriage and family therapist. Creates the Mental Health Assessment Reform
Act to remove barriers to care in the Medicaid mental health assessment and
treatment planning process. Creates the Recovery and Mental Health Tax
Credit Act. Requires the Department to establish and administer a recovery
tax credit program to provide tax incentives to qualified employers who
employ eligible individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder or
mental illness in part-time and full-time positions. Creates an Advisory
Council to advise the Department regarding employment of persons with
mental illnesses and substance use disorders in minority communities.
Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to make conforming changes.
Department of Healthcare and Family Services Law of the
Administrative Code. Requires the Department of
Healthcare and Family
Services to take all necessary action to ensure
modifications, additions, deletions, or
amendments to the healthcare and
behavioral healthcare (mental
health and substance use disorder)
provisions of the Illinois
Public Aid Code are announced, shared,
explained prior to the Department undertaking such
modifications, if legally possible and subject to federal law.
Amends the Clinical Social Work and Social Work
Practice Act. Provides
that an individual applying for licensure as a clinical social
has been licensed at the independent level in
another jurisdiction for 5
(rather than 10) consecutive years
without discipline is not required to
submit proof of
completion of education and supervised clinical
professional experience. Makes similar changes to the Marriage and Family
Act and to the Professional Counselor and Clinical
Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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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 Article may be cited as the
Ensuring a More Qualified, Competent, and Diverse Community
Behavioral Health Workforce Act.
References in this Article to
"this Act" mean this Article.
The General Assembly Finds that:
(1) The behavioral health workforce shortage, already
at dire levels before 2020, has been exacerbated by the
COVID-19 pandemic and is at a crisis point.
(2) Behavioral health workforce shortages,
particularly licensed clinical staff, staff turnover in
all positions, and workforce development are major
concerns in the behavioral health field.
(3) By 2026, unfilled mental healthcare jobs in
Illinois are expected to reach 8,353, according to
Mercer's 2021 External Healthcare Labor Market Analysis.
(4) Community based mental health agencies often serve
as training or supervision sites for interns and new
entrants to the workforce seeking supervision hours to