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SB698 Engrossed                                LRB9206223DJgc

 1        AN ACT in relation to children.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Early Intervention Services System Act is
 5    amended by changing Section 2 as follows:

 6        (325 ILCS 20/2) (from Ch. 23, par. 4152)
 7        Sec. 2.  Legislative Findings and Policy.
 8        (a)  The General Assembly finds that there is  an  urgent
 9    and substantial need to:
10             (1)  enhance the development of all eligible infants
11        and  toddlers  in  the  State  of  Illinois  in  order to
12        minimize  developmental  delay  and  maximize  individual
13        potential for adult independence;
14             (2)  enhance the capacity of families  to  meet  the
15        special  needs of eligible infants and toddlers including
16        the purchase of services when necessary;
17             (3)  reduce educational costs by minimizing the need
18        for special education and related services when  eligible
19        infants and toddlers reach school age;
20             (4)  enhance   the  independence,  productivity  and
21        integration  with  age-appropriate  peers   of   eligible
22        children and their families;
23             (5)  reduce  social  services costs and minimize the
24        need for institutionalization; and
25             (6)  prevent secondary impairments and  disabilities
26        by  improving the health of infants and toddlers, thereby
27        reducing health costs for the families and the State.
28        (b)  The General  Assembly  therefore  intends  that  the
29    policy of this State shall be to:
30             (1)  affirm  the  importance  of  the  family in all
31        areas of the child's development and reinforce  the  role
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 1        of  the  family  as  a participant in the decision making
 2        processes regarding their child;
 3             (2)  provide  assistance  and  support  to  eligible
 4        infants and toddlers and their families  to  address  the
 5        individual concerns and decisions of each family;
 6             (3)  develop  and  implement,  on a statewide basis,
 7        locally      based      comprehensive,       coordinated,
 8        interdisciplinary,    interagency    early   intervention
 9        services for all eligible infants and toddlers;
10             (4)  enhance  the  local  communities'  capacity  to
11        provide an array of quality early intervention services;
12             (5)  identify and coordinate all available resources
13        for early intervention within the State  including  those
14        from federal, State, local and private sources;
15             (6)  provide  financial  and technical assistance to
16        local communities for the purposes of coordinating  early
17        intervention  services in local communities and enhancing
18        the communities' capacity to provide individualized early
19        intervention  services  to  all  eligible   infants   and
20        toddlers in their homes or in community environments; and
21             (7)  affirm  that eligible infants and toddlers have
22        a right to receive early  intervention  services  to  the
23        maximum  extent  appropriate,  in natural environments in
24        which infants and  toddlers  without  disabilities  would
25        participate.
26        (c)  The   General  Assembly  further  finds  that  early
27    intervention  services  are  cost-effective  and  effectively
28    serve  the  developmental  needs  of  eligible  infants   and
29    toddlers  and their families.  Therefore, the purpose of this
30    Act is to provide a comprehensive, coordinated,  interagency,
31    interdisciplinary  early  intervention  services  system  for
32    eligible infants and toddlers and their families by enhancing
33    the  capacity to provide quality early intervention services,
34    expanding and improving existing services,  and  facilitating
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 1    coordination of payments for early intervention services from
 2    various public and private sources.
 3        (d)  It  is  the  General  Assembly's intent that, to the
 4    extent allowable by law, this Act shall  be  administered  to
 5    maximize  Medicaid  funding  for services provided under this
 6    Act.
 7    (Source: P.A. 91-538, eff. 8-13-99.)

 8        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
 9    becoming law.

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