Rep. Terra Costa Howard

Filed: 3/10/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 3853 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is
5amended by adding Section 5.46 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 505/5.46 new)
7    Sec. 5.46. Extended Family Support Pilot Program. The
8Department may consult with independent partners to review
9Extended Family Support Program services and advise if
10additional services are needed prior to the start of the pilot
11program required under this Section. Beginning January 1,
122023, the Department shall implement a 3-year pilot program of
13additional resources for families receiving Extended Family
14Support Program services from the Department for the purpose
15of supporting relative caregivers. These resources may
16include, but are not limited to: (i) wraparound case



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1management services, (ii) home visiting services for
2caregivers with children under the age of 5, and (iii) parent
3mentors for caregivers with children over the age of 3.
4    The services for the Extended Family Support Program are
5expanded given the program's inclusion in the Family First
6Prevention Services Act's targeted populations. Other target
7populations include intact families, pregnant and parenting
8youth, reunification within 6 months, and post adoption and
9subsidized guardianship. Inclusion provides the array of
10evidence-based interventions included within the State's
11Family First Prevention Services plan. Funding through Title
12IV-E of the Social Security Act shall be spent on services to
13prevent children and youth who are candidates for foster care
14from coming into care and allow them to remain with their
15families. Given the inclusion of the Extended Family Support
16Program in the Family First Prevention Services Act, the
17program is a part of the independent evaluation of Family
18First Prevention Services. This includes tracking deflection
19from foster care.
20    The resources provided by the pilot program are voluntary
21and refusing such resources shall not be used as evidence of
22neglect of a child.
23    The Department shall arrange for an independent evaluation
24of the pilot program to determine whether the pilot program is
25successfully supporting families receiving Extended Family
26Support Program services or Family First Prevention Program



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1services and preventing entrance into the foster care system.
2This evaluation will support determining whether there is a
3long-term cost benefit to continuing the pilot program.
4    At the end of the 3-year pilot program, the Department
5shall submit a report to the General Assembly with its
6findings of the evaluation. The report shall state whether the
7Department intends to continue the pilot program and the
8rationale for its decision.
9    The Department may adopt rules and procedures to implement
10and administer this Section.
11    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
12becoming law.".