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(20 ILCS 301/5-10)
Functions of the Department.
(a) In addition to the powers, duties and functions vested in the Department
by this Act, or by other laws of this State, the Department shall carry out the
(1) Design, coordinate and fund comprehensive
community-based and culturally and gender-appropriate services throughout the State. These services must include prevention, early intervention, treatment, and other recovery support services for substance use disorders that are accessible and address the needs of at-risk individuals and their families.
(2) Act as the exclusive State agency to accept,
receive and expend, pursuant to appropriation, any public or private monies, grants or services, including those received from the federal government or from other State agencies, for the purpose of providing prevention, early intervention, treatment, and other recovery support services for substance use disorders.
(2.5) In partnership with the Department of
Healthcare and Family Services, act as one of the principal State agencies for the sole purpose of calculating the maintenance of effort requirement under Section 1930 of Title XIX, Part B, Subpart II of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300x-30) and the Interim Final Rule (45 CFR 96.134).
(3) Coordinate a statewide strategy for the
prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support of substance use disorders. This strategy shall include the development of a comprehensive plan, submitted annually with the application for federal substance use disorder block grant funding, for the provision of an array of such services. The plan shall be based on local community-based needs and upon data including, but not limited to, that which defines the prevalence of and costs associated with substance use disorders. This comprehensive plan shall include identification of problems, needs, priorities, services and other pertinent information, including the needs of minorities and other specific priority populations in the State, and shall describe how the identified problems and needs will be addressed. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "minorities and other specific priority populations" may include, but shall not be limited to, groups such as women, children, intravenous drug users, persons with AIDS or who are HIV infected, veterans, African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, the elderly, persons in the criminal justice system, persons who are clients of services provided by other State agencies, persons with disabilities and such other specific populations as the Department may from time to time identify. In developing the plan, the Department shall seek input from providers, parent groups, associations and interested citizens.
The plan developed under this Section shall include
an explanation of the rationale to be used in ensuring that funding shall be based upon local community needs, including, but not limited to, the incidence and prevalence of, and costs associated with, substance use disorders, as well as upon demonstrated program performance.
The plan developed under this Section shall also
contain a report detailing the activities of and progress made through services for the care and treatment of substance use disorders among pregnant women and mothers and their children established under subsection (j) of Section 35-5.
As applicable, the plan developed under this Section
shall also include information about funding by other State agencies for prevention, early intervention, treatment, and other recovery support services.
(4) Lead, foster and develop cooperation,
coordination and agreements among federal and State governmental agencies and local providers that provide assistance, services, funding or other functions, peripheral or direct, in the prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support for substance use disorders. This shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
(A) Cooperate with and assist other State
agencies, as applicable, in establishing and conducting substance use disorder services among the populations they respectively serve.
(B) Cooperate with and assist the Illinois
Department of Public Health in the establishment, funding and support of programs and services for the promotion of maternal and child health and the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, including but not limited to HIV infection, especially with respect to those persons who are high risk due to intravenous injection of illegal drugs, or who may have been sexual partners of these individuals, or who may have impaired immune systems as a result of a substance use disorder.
(C) Supply to the Department of Public Health and
prenatal care providers a list of all providers who are licensed to provide substance use disorder treatment for pregnant women in this State.
(D) Assist in the placement of child abuse or
neglect perpetrators (identified by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)) who have been determined to be in need of substance use disorder treatment pursuant to Section 8.2 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
(E) Cooperate with and assist DCFS in carrying
(i) identify substance use disorders among
its clients and their families; and
(ii) develop services to deal with such
These services may include, but shall not be limited
to, programs to prevent or treat substance use disorders with DCFS clients and their families, identifying child care needs within such treatment, and assistance with other issues as required.
(F) Cooperate with and assist the Illinois
Criminal Justice Information Authority with respect to statistical and other information concerning the incidence and prevalence of substance use disorders.
(G) Cooperate with and assist the State
Superintendent of Education, boards of education, schools, police departments, the Illinois State Police, courts and other public and private agencies and individuals in establishing prevention programs statewide and preparing curriculum materials for use at all levels of education.
(H) Cooperate with and assist the Illinois
Department of Healthcare and Family Services in the development and provision of services offered to recipients of public assistance for the treatment and prevention of substance use disorders.
(5) From monies appropriated to the Department from
the Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Fund, reimburse DUI evaluation and risk education programs licensed by the Department for providing indigent persons with free or reduced-cost evaluation and risk education services relating to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
(6) Promulgate regulations to identify and
disseminate best practice guidelines that can be utilized by publicly and privately funded programs as well as for levels of payment to government funded programs that provide prevention, early intervention, treatment, and other recovery support services for substance use disorders and those services referenced in Sections 15-10 and 40-5.
(7) In consultation with providers and related trade
associations, specify a uniform methodology for use by funded providers and the Department for billing and collection and dissemination of statistical information regarding services related to substance use disorders.
(8) Receive data and assistance from federal, State
and local governmental agencies, and obtain copies of identification and arrest data from all federal, State and local law enforcement agencies for use in carrying out the purposes and functions of the Department.
(9) Designate and license providers to conduct
screening, assessment, referral and tracking of clients identified by the criminal justice system as having indications of substance use disorders and being eligible to make an election for treatment under Section 40-5 of this Act, and assist in the placement of individuals who are under court order to participate in treatment.
(10) Identify and disseminate evidence-based best
practice guidelines as maintained in administrative rule that can be utilized to determine a substance use disorder diagnosis.
(12) Make grants with funds appropriated from the
Drug Treatment Fund in accordance with Section 7 of the Controlled Substance and Cannabis Nuisance Act, or in accordance with Section 80 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or in accordance with subsections (h) and (i) of Section 411.2 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, or in accordance with Section 6z-107 of the State Finance Act.
(13) Encourage all health and disability insurance
programs to include substance use disorder treatment as a covered service and to use evidence-based best practice criteria as maintained in administrative rule and as required in Public Act 99-0480 in determining the necessity for such services and continued stay.
(14) Award grants and enter into fixed-rate and
fee-for-service arrangements with any other department, authority or commission of this State, or any other state or the federal government or with any public or private agency, including the disbursement of funds and furnishing of staff, to effectuate the purposes of this Act.
(15) Conduct a public information campaign to inform
the State's Hispanic residents regarding the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.
(b) In addition to the powers, duties and functions vested in it by this
Act, or by other laws of this State, the Department may undertake, but shall
not be limited to, the following activities:
(1) Require all organizations licensed or funded by
the Department to include an education component to inform participants regarding the causes and means of transmission and methods of reducing the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV infection and other infectious diseases, and to include funding for such education component in its support of the program.
(2) Review all State agency applications for federal
funds that include provisions relating to the prevention, early intervention and treatment of substance use disorders in order to ensure consistency.
(3) Prepare, publish, evaluate, disseminate and serve
as a central repository for educational materials dealing with the nature and effects of substance use disorders. Such materials may deal with the educational needs of the citizens of Illinois, and may include at least pamphlets that describe the causes and effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
(4) Develop and coordinate, with regional and local
agencies, education and training programs for persons engaged in providing services for persons with substance use disorders, which programs may include specific HIV education and training for program personnel.
(5) Cooperate with and assist in the development of
education, prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs for employees of State and local governments and businesses in the State.
(6) Utilize the support and assistance of interested
persons in the community, including recovering persons, to assist individuals and communities in understanding the dynamics of substance use disorders, and to encourage individuals with substance use disorders to voluntarily undergo treatment.
(7) Promote, conduct, assist or sponsor basic
clinical, epidemiological and statistical research into substance use disorders and research into the prevention of those problems either solely or in conjunction with any public or private agency.
(8) Cooperate with public and private agencies,
organizations and individuals in the development of programs, and to provide technical assistance and consultation services for this purpose.
(11) Fund, promote, or assist entities dealing with
(12) With monies appropriated from the Group Home
Loan Revolving Fund, make loans, directly or through subcontract, to assist in underwriting the costs of housing in which individuals recovering from substance use disorders may reside, pursuant to Section 50-40 of this Act.
(13) Promulgate such regulations as may be necessary
to carry out the purposes and enforce the provisions of this Act.
(14) Provide funding to help parents be effective in
preventing substance use disorders by building an awareness of the family's role in preventing substance use disorders through adjusting expectations, developing new skills, and setting positive family goals. The programs shall include, but not be limited to, the following subjects: healthy family communication; establishing rules and limits; how to reduce family conflict; how to build self-esteem, competency, and responsibility in children; how to improve motivation and achievement; effective discipline; problem solving techniques; and how to talk about drugs and alcohol. The programs shall be open to all parents.
(15) Establish an Opioid Remediation Services
Capital Investment Grant Program. The Department may, subject to appropriation and approval through the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Recovery Steering Committee, after recommendation by the Illinois Opioid Remediation Advisory Board, and certification by the Office of the Attorney General, make capital improvement grants to units of local government and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers addressing opioid remediation in the State for approved abatement uses under the Illinois Opioid Allocation Agreement. The Illinois Opioid Remediation State Trust Fund shall be the source of funding for the program. Eligible grant recipients shall be units of local government and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers that offer facilities and services in a manner that supports and meets the approved uses of the opioid settlement funds. Eligible grant recipients have no entitlement to a grant under this Section. The Department of Human Services may consult with the Capital Development Board, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority to adopt rules to implement this Section and may create a competitive application procedure for grants to be awarded. The rules may specify the manner of applying for grants; grantee eligibility requirements; project eligibility requirements; restrictions on the use of grant moneys; the manner in which grantees must account for the use of grant moneys; and any other provision that the Department of Human Services determines to be necessary or useful for the administration of this Section. Rules may include a requirement for grantees to provide local matching funds in an amount equal to a specific percentage of the grant. No portion of an opioid remediation services capital investment grant awarded under this Section may be used by a grantee to pay for any ongoing operational costs or outstanding debt. The Department of Human Services may consult with the Capital Development Board, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority in the management and disbursement of funds for capital-related projects. The Capital Development Board, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority shall act in a consulting role only for the evaluation of applicants, scoring of applicants, or administration of the grant program.
(c) There is created within the Department of Human Services an Office of Opioid Settlement Administration. The Office shall be responsible for implementing and administering approved abatement programs as described in Exhibit B of the Illinois Opioid Allocation Agreement, effective December 30, 2021. The Office may also implement and administer other opioid-related programs, including but not limited to prevention, treatment, and recovery services from other funds made available to the Department of Human Services. The Secretary of Human Services shall appoint or assign staff as necessary to carry out the duties and functions of the Office.
(Source: P.A. 102-538, eff. 8-20-21; 102-699, eff. 4-19-22; 103-8, eff. 6-7-23.)