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92_SB0698eng 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 SB698 Engrossed -2- LRB9206223DJgc 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 SB698 Engrossed -3- LRB9206223DJgc 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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