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1    AN ACT concerning health.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Task
5Force for a Healing-Centered Illinois Act.
6    Section 5. Findings. The General Assembly makes the
7following findings:
8        (1) The short-term, long-term, and multi-generational
9    impacts of trauma are well-documented and include
10    increased risk for reduced life expectancy, cancer,
11    cardiovascular disease, diabetes, smoking, substance
12    abuse, depression, unplanned pregnancies, low birth
13    weight, and suicide attempts as well as workplace
14    absenteeism, unemployment, lower educational achievement,
15    and lower wages.
16        (2) Trauma-informed and healing-centered principles,
17    policies, and practices can prevent and mitigate the
18    adverse health and social outcomes associated with trauma.
19        (3) Equitable strategies and a multisector approach
20    are needed to ensure that all residents at every stage of
21    life have the supports at home and in their communities
22    that build well-being, buffer against negative
23    experiences, foster healing, and make it possible to



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1    thrive.
2        (4) The State of Illinois is a national leader in
3    supporting trauma-informed strategies and is committed to
4    becoming a trauma-informed and healing-centered State.
5        (5) The State of Illinois has previously recognized
6    the impact of trauma on its residents' health and
7    well-being, including through Trauma-Informed Awareness
8    resolutions in 2019, 2021, and 2022, the creation of the
9    Whole Child Task Force in 2021, and the Children's Mental
10    Health Transformation Initiative established in 2022.
11        (6) The State of Illinois has public entities, such as
12    the State Board of Education, the Department of Human
13    Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the
14    Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Criminal
15    Justice Information Authority, non-governmental entities,
16    such as the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition and the
17    Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, and public-private
18    entities, such as the Illinois Children's Mental Health
19    Partnership, leading efforts related to being
20    trauma-informed and healing-centered.
21        (7) Better coordination and alignment of existing
22    trauma-informed and healing-centered activities among
23    public and non-governmental agencies will lead to more
24    effective, equitable, and consistently high-quality
25    implementation of services and supports to Illinois
26    residents.



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1        (8) Designing a sustainable structure to support and
2    measure trauma-informed, healing-centered activities is
3    essential to long-term transformation and should take into
4    consideration the importance of providing ongoing training
5    and support to the multisector, multidisciplinary
6    workforce, as well as ongoing research to inform the
7    development and implementation of trauma-informed,
8    healing-centered policies, practices, and programs.
9    Section 10. Purpose. The Healing-Centered Illinois Task
10Force is created to advance the State's efforts to become
11trauma-informed and healing-centered through improved
12alignment of existing efforts, common definitions and metrics,
13and strategic planning for long-term transformation. The Task
14Force shall have the following objectives:
15        (1) Recommend shared language and common definitions
16    for the State to become trauma-informed and
17    healing-centered across sectors by aligning language and
18    definitions included in the work of the Whole Child Task
19    Force, the Children's Mental Health Transformation
20    Initiative, and the Illinois Children's Mental Health
21    Plan.
22        (2) Ensure the meaningful inclusion in Task Force
23    matters of young people, parents, survivors of trauma, and
24    residents who have engaged with Illinois systems or
25    policies, such as child welfare and the legal criminal



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1    system.
2        (3) Identify the current training capacity and the
3    training needs to support healing-centered and
4    trauma-informed environments among organizations,
5    professional cohorts, educational institutions, and future
6    practitioners and project how best to meet those needs.
7        (4) Design a process identifying what data are needed
8    to understand the dimensions of trauma in the State and
9    the status of the trauma-related work in Illinois and
10    identify current relevant data sources in Illinois.
11        (5) Recommend a process for collecting and aggregating
12    such data identified, as well as a process for improving
13    transparency and accountability by developing and
14    maintaining a platform of aggregated data that is
15    accessible to a range of stakeholders, including the
16    public.
17        (6) Identify existing State resources that are being
18    invested to support trauma-informed and healing-centered
19    work, develop recommendations to align these resources,
20    and propose an approach and recommendations to support
21    ongoing or expanded stable resources for this work.
22        (7) Identify what, if any, administrative or
23    legislative policy changes are needed to advance goals to
24    make Illinois a healing-centered or trauma-informed State.
25        (8) Recommend an overarching organizational structure
26    to ensure coordination, alignment, and progress to make



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1    Illinois a trauma-informed, healing-centered State.
2        (9) Devise a set of benchmarks to measure success in
3    advancing the State toward becoming trauma-informed and
4    healing-centered and a process for measuring them.
5    Section 15. Membership. Members of the Healing-Centered
6Illinois Task Force must represent the diversity of this State
7and possess the expertise needed to perform the work required
8to meet the objectives of the Task Force set forth under
9Section 10. Members of the Task Force shall include the
11        (1) One representative of a statewide coalition
12    addressing childhood trauma, appointed by the Lieutenant
13    Governor.
14        (2) One representative of a statewide collaborative
15    addressing trauma across the lifespan (birth through older
16    adulthood), appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.
17        (3) One representative from the Resilience Education
18    to Advance Community Healing (REACH) Statewide Initiative,
19    appointed by the Superintendent of the Illinois State
20    Board of Education.
21        (4) One member of the General Assembly, appointed by
22    the President of the Senate.
23        (5) One member of the General Assembly, appointed by
24    the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
25        (6) One member of the General Assembly, appointed by



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1    the Minority Leader of the Senate.
2        (7) One member of the General Assembly, appointed by
3    the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
4        (8) The Director of the Governor's Children's Mental
5    Health Transformation Initiative or the Director's
6    designee.
7        (9) The Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
8    Information Authority or the Director's designee.
9        (10) The Director of Public Health or the Director's
10    designee.
11        (11) The Secretary of Human Services or the
12    Secretary's designee.
13        (12) The State Superintendent of Education or the
14    State Superintendent's designee.
15        (13) The Director of Juvenile Justice or the
16    Director's designee.
17        (14) The Director of Corrections or the Director's
18    designee.
19        (15) The Director of Children and Family Services or
20    the Director's designee.
21        (16) The Director of Aging or the Director's designee.
22        (17) The Director of Healthcare and Family Services or
23    the Director's designee.
24        (18) The Chair of the Illinois Law Enforcement
25    Training Standards Board or the Chair's designee.
26        (19) The Director of the Administrative Office of the



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1    Illinois Courts or the Director's designee.
2        (20) Up to 5 additional representatives appointed by
3    the Lieutenant Governor who have expertise in
4    trauma-informed policies and practices within health care,
5    public health, public education, the criminal legal
6    system, violence prevention, child welfare, human
7    services, adult behavioral health services, children's
8    behavioral health services, or law enforcement.
9        (21) Up to 3 representatives who have been impacted by
10    State systems, including the criminal legal system and
11    child welfare, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.
12        (22) At least one representative from student and
13    youth counsels or advisory groups focused on advancing
14    awareness and resources for mental health and
15    trauma-informed services in diverse communities across the
16    State, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.
17        (23) At least one representative from an organization
18    that brings parents together to improve mental health and
19    supports for children and families, appointed by the
20    Lieutenant Governor.
21        (24) One representative from a public-private
22    partnership to support children's behavioral health,
23    appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.
24    Section 20. Meetings. The Healing-Centered Illinois Task
25Force shall meet at the call of the Lieutenant Governor or his



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1or her designee, who shall serve as the chairperson. The
2Office of the Lieutenant Governor shall provide administrative
3support to the Task Force. Members of the Task Force shall
4serve without compensation except those designated by the
5Lieutenant Governor at the time of appointment as community or
6system-impacted people may receive stipends as compensation
7for their time.
8    Section 25. Reports. The Healing-Centered Illinois Task
9Force shall submit a report of its findings and
10recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor
11within one year after the effective date of this Act. The Task
12Force is dissolved, and this Act is repealed, one year after
13the date of the report.