(325 ILCS 20/5)
(from Ch. 23, par. 4155)
The Department of Human Services is designated the
lead agency and shall
provide leadership in establishing and implementing the coordinated,
comprehensive, interagency and interdisciplinary system of early intervention
services. The lead agency shall not have the sole responsibility for
providing these services. Each participating State agency shall continue
to coordinate those early intervention services relating to health, social
service and education provided under this authority.
The lead agency is responsible for carrying out the following:
(a) The general administration, supervision, and
monitoring of programs and activities receiving assistance under Section 673 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 United States Code 1473).
(b) The identification and coordination of all
available resources within the State from federal, State, local and private sources.
(c) The development of procedures to ensure that
services are provided to eligible infants and toddlers and their families in a timely manner pending the resolution of any disputes among public agencies or service providers.
(d) The resolution of intra-agency and interagency
regulatory and procedural disputes.
(e) The development and implementation of formal
interagency agreements, and the entry into such agreements, between the lead agency and (i) the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, (ii) the University of Illinois Division of Specialized Care for Children, and (iii) other relevant State agencies that:
(1) define the financial responsibility of each
agency for paying for early intervention services (consistent with existing State and federal law and rules, including the requirement that early intervention funds be used as the payor of last resort), a hierarchical order of payment as among the agencies for early intervention services that are covered under or may be paid by programs in other agencies, and procedures for direct billing, collecting reimbursements for payments made, and resolving service and payment disputes; and
(2) include all additional components necessary
to ensure meaningful cooperation and coordination.
Interagency agreements under this paragraph (e) must
be reviewed and revised to implement the purposes of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly no later than 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly.
(f) The maintenance of an early intervention website.
Within 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly, the lead agency shall post and keep posted on this website the following: (i) the current annual report required under subdivision (b)(5) of Section 4 of this Act, and the annual reports of the prior 3 years, (ii) the most recent Illinois application for funds prepared under Section 637 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act filed with the United States Department of Education, (iii) proposed modifications of the application prepared for public comment, (iv) notice of Council meetings, Council agendas, and minutes of its proceedings for at least the previous year, (v) proposed and final early intervention rules, (vi) requests for proposals, and (vii) all reports created for dissemination to the public that are related to the early intervention program, including reports prepared at the request of the Council and the General Assembly. Each such document shall be posted on the website within 3 working days after the document's completion.
(g) Before adopting any new policy or procedure
(including any revisions to an existing policy or procedure) needed to comply with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the lead agency must hold public hearings on the new policy or procedure, provide notice of the hearings at least 30 days before the hearings are conducted to enable public participation, and provide an opportunity for the general public, including individuals with disabilities and parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities, early intervention providers, and members of the Council to comment for at least 30 days on the new policy or procedure needed to comply with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and with 34 CFR Part 300 and Part 303.
(Source: P.A. 98-41, eff. 6-28-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)