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90_HB1001eng 20 ILCS 1305/Art. 15 heading new 20 ILCS 1305/15-5 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-10 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-15 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-20 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-25 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-30 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-35 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-40 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-45 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-50 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-55 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-60 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-65 new 20 ILCS 1305/15-70 new Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Directs the Secretary of Human Services to establish within the Department of Human Services a rural human services networking program for the purpose of assisting human services providers in rural areas to develop pilot projects to address intense social problems through the creation of contracts or joint or cooperative agreements between those providers. Provides for grants to pilot project participants. Creates an advisory committee to assist the Secretary. Provides that the pilot project program is repealed 5 years after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997. LRB9000950DJcd HB1001 Engrossed LRB9000950DJcd 1 AN ACT to amend the Department of Human Services Act by 2 adding Article 15. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Department of Human Services Act is 6 amended by adding Article 15 as follows: 7 (20 ILCS 1305/Art. 15 heading new) 8 ARTICLE 15. RURAL HUMAN SERVICES NETWORKING PROGRAM 9 (20 ILCS 1305/15-5 new) 10 Sec. 15-5. Legislative findings. The General Assembly 11 finds as follows: 12 (1) In rural areas there is a necessity to promote 13 different approaches to human services delivery if 14 programs are to properly address diverse community and 15 individual needs and such unique rural conditions as low 16 population density, a large proportion of elderly 17 persons, the absence of economics of scale, geographic 18 isolation, inadequate transportation, fluctuating service 19 demands, and general lack of suitable alternatives for 20 service delivery. 21 (2) The human services delivery system in rural 22 areas is often fragmented, consisting of isolated 23 providers with limited financial resources and limited 24 information-sharing networks. Many such providers are 25 currently providing identical or similar services to the 26 same clientele in the same area, often without being 27 aware of a possible duplication of effort. 28 (3) A full range of coordinated and integrated 29 human services is vital to the health and well-being of 30 residents of rural areas of the State who are or may in HB1001 Engrossed -2- LRB9000950DJcd 1 the future be confronted with such intense social 2 problems as domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, migrant 3 health problems, nutritional deficiencies, suicide, 4 hunger, unemployment, lack of suitable shelter, crime, 5 drug and alcohol abuse, and poverty. 6 (4) A proper response to intense social problems in 7 some rural areas would be to encourage greater sharing of 8 information and resources among human services providers 9 in those rural areas, thereby enhancing the 10 cost-effectiveness and delivery of services required to 11 address those social problems. These cooperative 12 undertakings could be accomplished if a program of 13 financial incentives and State-level technical assistance 14 were made available to encourage providers in rural areas 15 to embark upon these cooperative arrangements and 16 networking of the services they provide. 17 (20 ILCS 1305/15-10 new) 18 Sec. 15-10. In this Article 15: 19 "Advisory committee" means the committee created under 20 Section 15-15. 21 "Human service" means any service that is provided to 22 individuals or groups of individuals for the purpose of 23 improving or enhancing those individuals' health or welfare 24 and that addresses one or more social problems, including but 25 not limited to the following: domestic violence, child 26 abuse, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, teenage 27 pregnancy, nutritional deficiencies, migrant health problems, 28 unemployment, lack of suitable shelter, hunger, and poverty. 29 "Human services provider" means any public or 30 not-for-profit private entity that uses public or private 31 funds or both public and private funds to provide or to 32 contract for the provision of human services for the benefit 33 of the general public or specific client groups. HB1001 Engrossed -3- LRB9000950DJcd 1 "Rural area" means any of the following: 2 (1) An unincorporated area located in a county 3 having not more than 350,000 inhabitants. 4 (2) A municipality having not more than 20,000 5 inhabitants, but not a municipality that is contiguous to 6 a municipality having more than 20,000 inhabitants. 7 (20 ILCS 1305/15-15 new) 8 Sec. 15-15. Advisory committee. 9 (a) The Rural Human Services Networking Advisory 10 Committee is created to assist the Secretary in carrying out 11 the provisions of this Article. The advisory committee shall 12 consist of the following members or their designees: the 13 Director of Aging, the Director of Children and Family 14 Services, the Director of Public Health, a representative of 15 the Department of Human Services whose duties pertain to the 16 Department's mental health and developmental disabilities 17 functions, and the head of the Office of Rural Community 18 Development within the Department of Commerce and Community 19 Affairs. The Secretary or the Secretary's designee shall 20 serve as the chair of the advisory committee. The Secretary 21 may invite the head of any other department of State 22 government or a representative of any other rural human 23 services provider or consumer, or their designees, to serve 24 as ex officio members of the advisory committee. The 25 Secretary shall take all actions necessary or appropriate to 26 promote the efficient and effective operation of the advisory 27 committee. 28 (b) The advisory committee shall do the following: 29 (1) Review and recommend to the Secretary 30 guidelines for the operation of the rural human services 31 networking program created under Section 15-20. 32 (2) Recommend to the Secretary changes in statutes 33 or rules necessary to accomplish the purposes of this HB1001 Engrossed -4- LRB9000950DJcd 1 Article 15. 2 (3) Assist the Department in evaluating the rural 3 human services networking program and in evaluating 4 individual pilot projects under that program. 5 (4) Assist the Secretary in developing interim and 6 final reports in accordance with Section 15-60. 7 (5) Assist the Secretary in determining which rural 8 areas shall receive priority consideration in selecting 9 pilot project sites in accordance with Section 15-35. 10 (20 ILCS 1305/15-20 new) 11 Sec. 15-20. Program established. The Secretary shall 12 establish within the Department a rural human services 13 networking program for the purpose of assisting human 14 services providers in rural areas who seek to participate in 15 the program and to develop pilot projects to address intense 16 social problems through the creation of contracts or joint or 17 cooperative agreements between those providers. These pilot 18 projects shall capitalize on the strength of existing human 19 services providers by promoting the sharing of resources and 20 service delivery in rural areas with the goal of reducing the 21 total cost of those services to both consumers and providers 22 of the services while increasing the availability and 23 accessibility of human services in rural areas. The pilot 24 projects shall also serve to identify methods of overcoming 25 impediments to the joint provision of integrated and 26 cost-effective human services in rural areas. 27 (20 ILCS 1305/15-25 new) 28 Sec. 15-25. Notice of program. Within 120 days after 29 the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997 and with 30 the advice and guidance of the advisory committee, the 31 Secretary shall give public notice of the existence of the 32 rural human services networking program and of the HB1001 Engrossed -5- LRB9000950DJcd 1 availability of competitive grants to human services 2 providers who are interested in undertaking pilot projects 3 pursuant to this Article 15. In connection with the notice, 4 the Secretary shall distribute information on the program and 5 shall distribute grant application forms and procedures to 6 eligible human services providers. 7 (20 ILCS 1305/15-30 new) 8 Sec. 15-30. Pilot project grants. 9 (a) In order to implement the rural human services 10 networking program, the Secretary shall provide grants to 11 eligible human services provider applicants. The grants 12 shall be awarded on a competitive basis and subject to 13 amounts appropriated for that purpose. The Secretary may not 14 award a grant unless the application for the grant has been 15 reviewed by the department or departments of State government 16 that license or certify the applicants under State law. In 17 determining whether to award a grant, the Secretary shall 18 consider all comments on the application that are made by the 19 licensing or certifying department or departments. 20 (b) To be eligible for a grant under this Article 15, an 21 application must be submitted to the Secretary on behalf of 2 22 or more local or regional human services providers who intend 23 to implement a pilot project in a rural area pursuant to a 24 contract or a joint or cooperative agreement. Applications 25 for grants must be submitted on the forms and at the times 26 prescribed by the Secretary. 27 (c) If the Secretary determines that an application for 28 a grant is complete when submitted, the Secretary shall 29 approve or disapprove the application within 90 days after it 30 is received by the Secretary. If the Secretary initially 31 determines that an application is incomplete, or if the 32 applicant requests a waiver of any rule in order to implement 33 the proposed pilot project, the Secretary shall approve or HB1001 Engrossed -6- LRB9000950DJcd 1 disapprove the application within 90 days after the Secretary 2 determines that the application is complete or after the 3 Secretary makes a determination to approve or deny the waiver 4 request. 5 (20 ILCS 1305/15-35 new) 6 Sec. 15-35. Matters to be considered in awarding grants. 7 The Secretary, with the advice and guidance of the advisory 8 committee, shall determine the most sparsely populated rural 9 areas in the State. In determining whether to approve an 10 application and award a grant under this Article 15, the 11 Secretary shall give priority consideration to applications 12 received from human services providers who intend to 13 implement pilot projects in those rural areas. In addition, 14 the Secretary shall consider matters that include, but are 15 not limited to, the following: 16 (1) A description of the proposed pilot project and 17 its specific objective, including a demonstrated 18 awareness of the level of human services currently being 19 provided in the service area. 20 (2) The degree to which the proposed pilot project 21 will meet local or regional human services needs. 22 (3) The applicants' demonstrated ability to 23 undertake the proposed pilot project. 24 (4) The contribution that the proposed pilot 25 project will make toward identifying and developing 26 innovative delivery systems. 27 (5) The degree to which the proposed pilot project 28 will enhance the delivery or improve the availability and 29 accessibility of human services with respect to the full 30 continuum of human services needs. 31 (6) The degree to which the proposed pilot project 32 will foster and improve continuity of care. 33 (7) The degree to which the proposed pilot project HB1001 Engrossed -7- LRB9000950DJcd 1 will enhance cost efficiency and access to human services 2 by populations that need those services. 3 (8) The degree to which the proposed pilot project 4 will foster information sharing, communication, and 5 cooperation between human services providers and 6 consumers. 7 (9) The degree to which the proposed pilot project 8 will address economies of scale in both the supply of and 9 the demand for human services. 10 (10) The demonstrated level of commitment and 11 support for the proposed pilot project expressed by the 12 community, local governmental bodies, and other local or 13 regional human services providers. 14 (11) The impact that the proposed pilot project 15 will have on State agencies that provide human services 16 or moneys for human services programs in the rural area, 17 as determined by the Secretary after consulting with 18 those State agencies. 19 (12) Whether implementation of the proposed pilot 20 project will result in any potential decrease in moneys 21 or State or federal aid, including but not limited to 22 reimbursements under Article V of the Illinois Public Aid 23 Code, received by human services providers, and the 24 actions that will be taken by the applicants and by the 25 Secretary to ensure that current levels of funding and 26 aid are continued. 27 (20 ILCS 1305/15-40 new) 28 Sec. 15-40. Preliminary plans. The Secretary or the 29 Secretary's authorized representative may meet with 30 representatives of grant applicants to informally discuss 31 preliminary and informal plans for a proposed pilot project. 32 (20 ILCS 1305/15-45 new) HB1001 Engrossed -8- LRB9000950DJcd 1 Sec. 15-45. Grant amounts; use; grantee reports. 2 (a) The Secretary shall approve a pilot project under 3 this Article 15 for a period of time not exceeding 3 years. 4 (b) Subject to amounts appropriated for that purpose, 5 the Secretary shall award pilot project grants under this 6 Article 15 in amounts of not less than $10,000 nor more than 7 $50,000 to any pilot project in any calendar year. Subject 8 to amounts appropriated for the purpose, the Secretary may 9 annually renew a grant, but a grantee may not receive a grant 10 for more than 3 consecutive years. The amount of a grant 11 awarded for a second or third year may be the same as the 12 amount awarded for the first year or may be a lesser amount 13 but in any event shall be determined in accordance with the 14 nature of the pilot project and the number of human services 15 providers and consumers involved in the pilot project. 16 (c) If the Secretary determines that a grantee is using 17 grant moneys awarded under this Article 15 for purposes that 18 do not conform with the purposes of this Article, the 19 Secretary may withdraw approval of the grantee's pilot 20 project and require that the grantee repay all or a part of 21 the grant amount to the State. 22 (d) Each grantee under this Article 15 shall submit to 23 the Secretary reports concerning the grantee's pilot project. 24 The Secretary shall prescribe the matters to be reported, the 25 times for submitting the reports, and the manner in which the 26 reports are to be submitted. 27 (20 ILCS 1305/15-50 new) 28 Sec. 15-50. Waiver of rules. 29 (a) For the purpose of promoting innovative approaches 30 and maximum effectiveness in utilizing State and local 31 moneys, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 32 Secretary may waive any rule of the Department that may 33 impede the successful implementation and testing of a pilot HB1001 Engrossed -9- LRB9000950DJcd 1 project. The Secretary may not waive a rule, however, unless 2 the Secretary finds that the general welfare of the people 3 receiving human services will not be impaired by the waiver. 4 (b) The Secretary shall consult with appropriate 5 federal, State, and local officials in an effort to secure 6 their cooperation in coordinating related programs and in 7 seeking the waiver of administrative rules as necessary to 8 ensure the effective operation of pilot projects. 9 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, at the request of 10 the Secretary on behalf of an applicant for a grant under 11 this Article 15, the head of any other department of State 12 government may waive any applicable rule of that department 13 that may impede the successful implementation of a pilot 14 project, provided that the Secretary finds that the general 15 welfare of the people receiving human services will not be 16 impaired by the waiver. 17 (20 ILCS 1305/15-55 new) 18 Sec. 15-55. Technical assistance to implement project. 19 Upon the request of an applicant for a grant under this 20 Article 15, the Secretary or the Secretary's authorized 21 representative may provide to the applicant any technical 22 services or assistance that the Department possesses or that 23 is available to the Department in order to enable the 24 applicant to implement the pilot project and the terms of the 25 contract or joint or cooperative agreement upon which the 26 pilot project is based. 27 (20 ILCS 1305/15-60 new) 28 Sec. 15-60. Reports. 29 (a) The Secretary, in conjunction with the advisory 30 committee, shall prepare an interim report within 30 months 31 after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997. The 32 interim report shall include a review of each pilot project HB1001 Engrossed -10- LRB9000950DJcd 1 approved for a grant under this Article 15. 2 (b) The Secretary, in conjunction with the advisory 3 committee, shall prepare a final report within 60 months 4 after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997. The 5 final report shall contain a description of each pilot 6 project approved for a grant under this Article 15 and the 7 effect of each pilot project on the cost, delivery, and 8 accessibility of human services in the rural area served by 9 the pilot project. The final report shall describe the 10 effect of each pilot project on existing providers and 11 consumers of human services in the rural area served by the 12 pilot project and shall describe the pilot project's effect 13 on each community served. The final report shall identify 14 laws or administrative rules that, in the opinion of the 15 Secretary or the advisory committee, should be amended or 16 repealed in order to make it possible to properly and 17 efficiently implement similar projects or programs in other 18 rural areas of the State. 19 (c) The Secretary shall distribute copies of the interim 20 and final reports to the Governor, the General Assembly, and 21 each human services provider participating in the pilot 22 projects. 23 (20 ILCS 1305/15-65 new) 24 Sec. 15-65. No diminution of other funding. For the 25 duration of the period of a grant under this Article 15, 26 other funding to which a local or regional human services 27 provider would be entitled by law if it were not 28 participating in an approved pilot project may not be denied 29 or diminished solely because the provider elects to 30 participate in the pilot project. Notwithstanding any other 31 provision of law, that other funding shall continue to be 32 allocated in the same manner and in the same amount as if the 33 human services provider were not participating in the pilot HB1001 Engrossed -11- LRB9000950DJcd 1 project. 2 (20 ILCS 1305/15-70 new) 3 Sec. 15-70. This Article 15 is repealed 5 years after 4 the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997.
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