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Public Act 102-0679


 

Public Act 0679 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0679
 
HB2791 EnrolledLRB102 13995 CPF 19347 b

    AN ACT concerning safety.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Reimagine Public Safety Act is amended by
changing Sections 35-10, 35-15, 35-20, 35-25, 35-30, 35-35,
and 35-40 as follows:
 
    (430 ILCS 69/35-10)
    Sec. 35-10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Approved technical assistance and training provider"
means an organization that has experience in improving the
outcomes of local community-based organizations by providing
supportive services that address the gaps in their resources
and knowledge about content-based work or provide support and
knowledge about the administration and management of
organizations, or both. Approved technical assistance and
training providers as defined in this Act are intended to
assist community organizations with evaluating the need for
evidence-based evidenced-based violence prevention services,
promising violence prevention programs, starting up
programming, and strengthening the quality of existing
programming.
    "Community" or "communities" "Communities" means, for
municipalities with a 1,000,000 or more population in
Illinois, the 77 designated neighborhood areas defined by the
University of Chicago Social Science Research Committee as
amended in 1980.
    "Concentrated firearm violence" means the 10 17 most
violent communities in Illinois municipalities with greater
than 1,000,000 or more one million residents and the 10 most
violent municipalities with less than 1,000,000 residents and
greater than 35,000 25,000 residents with the most per capita
fatal and nonfatal firearm-shot victims, excluding
self-inflicted incidents, incidents from January 1, 2016
through December 31, 2020.
    "Criminal and juvenile justice-involved" means an
individual who has been arrested, indicted, convicted,
adjudicated delinquent, or otherwise detained by criminal or
juvenile justice authorities for violation of Illinois
criminal laws.
    "Evidence-based high-risk youth intervention services"
means programs that have been proven to reduce involvement in
the criminal or juvenile justice system, increase school
attendance, and includes referrals of refer high-risk teens
into therapeutic programs that address trauma recovery and
other mental health improvements based on best practices in
the youth intervention services field.
    "Evidence-based Evidenced-based violence prevention
services" means coordinated programming and services that may
include, but are not limited to, effective emotional or trauma
related therapies, housing, employment training, job
placement, family engagement, or wrap-around support services
that have been proven effective or are considered to be best
practice for reducing violence within the field of violence
intervention research and practice.
    "Evidence-based youth development programs" means
after-school and summer programming that provides services to
teens to increase their school attendance, school performance,
reduce involvement in the criminal justice system, and develop
nonacademic interests that build social emotional persistence
and intelligence based on best practices in the field of youth
development services for high-risk youth.
    "Options school" means a secondary school where 75% or
more of attending students have either stopped attending or
failed their secondary school courses since first attending
ninth grade.
    "Violence Qualified violence prevention organization"
means an organization that manages and employs qualified
violence prevention professionals.
    "Violence Qualified violence prevention professional"
means a community health worker who renders violence
preventive services.
    "Social organization" means an organization of individuals
who form the organization for the purposes of enjoyment, work,
and other mutual interests.
(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21; revised 7-16-21.)
 
    (430 ILCS 69/35-15)
    Sec. 35-15. Findings. The Illinois General Assembly finds
that:
    (1) Discrete neighborhoods in municipalities across
Illinois are experiencing concentrated and perpetual firearm
violence that is a public health epidemic.
    (2) Within neighborhoods experiencing this firearm
violence epidemic, violence is concentrated among teens and
young adults that have chronic exposure to the risk of
violence and criminal legal system involvement and related
trauma in small geographic areas where these young people live
or congregate.
    (3) Firearm violence victimization and perpetration is
highly concentrated in particular neighborhoods, particular
blocks within these neighborhoods, and among a small number of
individuals living in these areas.
    (4) People who are chronically exposed to the risk of
firearm violence victimization are substantially more likely
to be violently injured or violently injure another person.
People who have been violently injured are substantially more
likely to be violently reinjured. Chronic exposure to violence
additionally leads individuals to engage in behavior, as part
of a cycle of community violence, trauma, and retaliation that
substantially increases their own risk of violent injury or
reinjury.
    (5) Evidence-based programs that engage individuals at the
highest risk of firearm violence and provide life
stabilization, case management, and culturally competent group
and individual therapy reduce firearm violence victimization
and perpetration and can end Illinois' firearm violence
epidemic.
    (6) A public health approach to ending Illinois' firearm
violence epidemic requires targeted, integrated behavioral
health services and economic opportunity that promotes
self-sufficiency for victims of firearm violence and those
with chronic exposure to the risk of firearm violence
victimization.
    (7) A public health approach to ending Illinois' firearm
violence epidemic further requires broader preventive
investments in the census tracts and blocks that reduce risk
factors for youth and families living in areas at the highest
with extreme risk of firearm violence victimization.
    (8) A public health approach to ending Illinois' firearm
violence epidemic requires empowering residents and
community-based organizations within impacted neighborhoods to
provide culturally competent care based on lived experience in
these areas and long-term relationships of mutual interest
that promote safety and stability.
    (9) A public health approach to ending Illinois' firearm
violence epidemic further requires that preventive youth
development services for youth in these neighborhoods be fully
integrated with a team-based model of mental health care to
address trauma recovery for those young people at the highest
extreme risk of firearm violence victimization.
    (10) Community revitalization can be an effective violence
prevention strategy, provided that revitalization is targeted
to the highest risk geographies within communities and
revitalization efforts are designed and led by individuals
living and working in the impacted communities.
(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21.)
 
    (430 ILCS 69/35-20)
    Sec. 35-20. Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
    (a) On or before October September 1, 2021, an Office of
Firearm Violence Prevention is established within the Illinois
Department of Human Services. The Assistant Secretary of
Violence Prevention shall report his or her actions to the
Secretary of Human Services and the Office of the Governor.
The Office shall have the authority to coordinate and
integrate all programs and services listed in this Act and
other programs and services the Governor establishes by
executive order to maximize an integrated approach to reducing
Illinois' firearm violence epidemic and ultimately ending this
public health crisis.
    (b) The Department of Human Services and the Office of
Firearm Violence Prevention shall have grant making,
operational, and procurement authority to distribute funds to
qualified violence prevention organizations, youth development
organizations, high-risk youth intervention organizations,
approved technical assistance and training providers, and
qualified evaluation and assessment organizations, and other
entities necessary to execute the functions established in
this Act and other programs and services the Governor
establishes by executive order for the Department and the this
Office.
    (c) The Assistant Secretary of Firearm Violence Prevention
shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent
of the Senate. The Assistant Secretary of Firearm Violence
Prevention shall report to the Secretary of Human Services and
also report his or her actions to the Office of the Governor.
    (d) For Illinois municipalities with a 1,000,000 or more
population, the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall
determine the 10 17 most violent neighborhoods. When possible,
this shall be determined by measuring as measured by the
number of per capita fatal and nonfatal firearm-shot victims,
excluding self-inflicted incidents, from January 1, 2016
through December 31, 2020. These 10 17 communities shall
qualify for grants under this Act and coordination of other
State services from the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
The Office shall, after identifying the top 10 neighborhoods,
identify an additional 7 eligible neighborhoods by considering
the number of victims in rank order in addition to the per
capita rate. If appropriate, and subject to appropriation, the
Office shall have the authority to consider adding up to 5
additional eligible neighborhoods or clusters of contiguous
neighborhoods utilizing the same data sets so as to maximize
the potential impact for firearm violence reduction. For
Illinois municipalities with less than 1,000,000 residents and
more than 35,000 25,000 residents, the Office of Firearm
Violence Prevention shall identify the 10 municipalities or
contiguous geographic areas that have the greatest
concentrated firearm violence victims. When possible, this
shall be determined by measuring as measured by the number of
fatal and nonfatal firearm-shot victims, excluding
self-inflicted incidents, from January 1, 2016 through
December 31, 2020 divided by the number of residents for each
municipality or area. These 10 municipalities or contiguous
geographic areas and up to 5 additional other municipalities
or contiguous geographic areas identified by the Office of
Firearm Violence Prevention shall qualify for grants under
this Act and coordination of other State services from the
Office of Firearm Violence Prevention. The Office of Firearm
Violence Prevention shall consider factors listed in
subsection (a) of Section 35-40 to determine up to 5
additional municipalities or contiguous geographic areas that
qualify for grants under this Act. The Office of Firearm
Violence Prevention may, subject to appropriation, identify up
to 5 additional neighborhoods, municipalities, contiguous
geographic areas, or other local government-identified
boundary areas to receive funding under this Act after
considering additional risk factors that contribute to
community firearm violence. The data analysis to identify new
eligible neighborhoods and municipalities shall be updated to
reflect eligibility based on the most recently available 5
full years of data no more frequently than once every 3 years.
    (e) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall issue
a report to the General Assembly no later than January 1 of
each year that identifies communities within Illinois
municipalities of 1,000,000 or more residents and
municipalities with less than 1,000,000 residents and more
than 35,000 25,000 residents that are experiencing
concentrated firearm violence, explaining the investments that
are being made to reduce concentrated firearm violence, and
making further recommendations on how to end Illinois' firearm
violence epidemic.
(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21.)
 
    (430 ILCS 69/35-25)
    Sec. 35-25. Integrated violence prevention and other
services.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, for municipalities with
1,000,000 or more residents, the Office of Firearm Violence
Prevention shall make grants to qualified violence prevention
organizations for evidence-based firearm violence prevention
services. Approved technical assistance and training providers
shall create learning communities for the exchange of
information between community-based organizations in the same
or similar fields. Firearm Evidence-based firearm violence
prevention organizations services shall prioritize recruit
individuals at the highest risk of firearm violence
victimization and provide these individuals with
evidence-based comprehensive services that reduce their
exposure to chronic firearm violence.
    (b) Violence Qualified violence prevention organizations
shall develop the following expertise in the geographic areas
that they cover:
        (1) Analyzing and leveraging data to identify the
    individuals people who will most benefit from
    evidence-based firearm violence prevention services in
    their geographic areas.
        (2) Identifying the conflicts that are responsible for
    recurring violence.
        (3) Having relationships with individuals who are most
    able to reduce conflicts.
        (4) Addressing the stabilization and trauma recovery
    needs of individuals impacted by violence by providing
    direct services for their unmet needs or referring them to
    other qualified service providers.
        (5) Having and building relationships with community
    members and community organizations that provide
    evidence-based violence prevention services and get
    referrals of people who will most benefit from
    evidence-based firearm violence prevention services in
    their geographic areas.
        (6) Providing training and technical assistance to
    local law enforcement agencies to improve their
    effectiveness without having any role, requirement, or
    mandate to participate in the policing, enforcement, or
    prosecution of any crime.
    (c) Violence Qualified violence prevention organizations
receiving grants under this Act shall coordinate services with
other qualified violence prevention organizations in their
area.
    (d) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall
identify, for each separate eligible service area under this
Act, an experienced violence prevention organization to serve
as the name a Lead Qualified Violence Prevention Convener for
that area each of the 17 neighborhoods and provide each with a
grant of $50,000 up to $100,000 to these organizations this
organization to coordinate monthly meetings between qualified
violence prevention organizations and youth development
organizations under this Act. The Lead Qualified Violence
Prevention Convener may also receive, funding from the Office
of Firearm Violence Prevention, for technical assistance or
training through approved providers when needs are jointly
identified. The Lead Qualified Violence Prevention Convener
shall:
        (1) provide the convened organizations with summary
    notes on the meetings and summarize recommendations made
    at the monthly meetings to improve the effectiveness of
    evidence-based violence prevention services based on
    review of timely data on shootings and homicides in his or
    her relevant neighborhood;
        (2) attend monthly meetings where the cause of
    violence and other neighborhood disputes is discussed and
    strategize on how to resolve ongoing conflicts and execute
    on agreed plans;
        (3) (blank); provide qualitative review of other
    qualified violence prevention organizations in the Lead
    Qualified Violence Prevention Convener's neighborhood as
    required by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention;
        (4) on behalf of the convened organizations, make
    consensus recommendations to the Office of Firearm
    Violence Prevention and local law enforcement on how to
    reduce violent conflict in his or her neighborhood;
        (5) meet on an emergency basis when conflicts that
    need immediate attention and resolution arise;
        (6) share knowledge and strategies of the community
    violence dynamic in monthly meetings with local youth
    development specialists receiving grants under this Act;
        (7) select when and where needed an approved Office of
    Violence Prevention-funded technical assistance and
    service training service provider to receive and contract
    with the provider for agreed upon services; and
        (8) after meeting with community residents and other
    community organizations that have expertise in housing,
    mental health, economic development, education, and social
    services, make consensus recommendations to the Office of
    Firearm Violence Prevention on how to target community
    revitalization resources available from federal and State
    funding sources.
    The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall compile
recommendations from all Lead Qualified Violence Prevention
Conveners and report to the General Assembly bi-annually on
these funding recommendations. The Lead Qualified Violence
Prevention Convener may also serve as a youth development
provider.
    (e) The Illinois Office of Firearm Violence Prevention
shall select, when possible and appropriate, no fewer than 2
and no more than 3 approved technical assistance and training
providers to deliver technical assistance and training to the
qualified violence prevention organizations that request to
receive agree to contract with an approved technical
assistance and training provider. Violence Qualified violence
prevention organizations shall have complete authority to
select among the approved technical assistance services
providers funded by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
    (f) Approved technical assistance and training providers
may:
        (1) provide training and certification to qualified
    violence prevention professionals on how to perform
    violence prevention services and other professional
    development to qualified violence prevention
    professionals.
        (2) provide management training on how to manage
    qualified violence prevention professionals;
        (3) provide training and assistance on how to develop
    memorandum of understanding for referral services or
    create approved provider lists for these referral
    services, or both;
        (4) share lessons learned among qualified violence
    prevention professionals and service providers in their
    network; and
        (5) provide technical assistance and training on human
    resources, grants management, capacity building, and
    fiscal management strategies.
    (g) Approved technical assistance and training providers
shall:
        (1) provide additional services identified as
    necessary by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention and
    qualified service providers in their network; and
        (2) receive a base vendor contract or grant of up to
    $250,000 plus negotiated service rates to provide group
    and individualized plus fees negotiated for services to
    from participating qualified violence prevention
    organizations.
    (h) (Blank). Fees negotiated for approved technical
assistance and training providers shall not exceed 12% of
awarded grant funds to a qualified violence prevention
organization.
    (i) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall issue
grants, when possible and appropriate, to no fewer than 2
qualified violence prevention organizations in each of the
eligible service areas 17 neighborhoods served and no more
than 6 organizations in the 17 neighborhoods served. When
possible, grants Grants shall be for no less than $300,000
$400,000 per qualified violence prevention organization. The
Office of Firearm Violence Prevention may establish grant
award ranges to ensure grants will have the potential to
reduce violence in each neighborhood.
    (j) No qualified violence prevention organization can
serve more than 3 eligible service areas neighborhoods unless
the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention is unable to
identify qualified violence prevention organizations to
provide adequate coverage.
    (k) No approved technical assistance and training provider
shall provide evidence-based qualified violence prevention
services in an eligible service area a neighborhood under this
Act unless the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention is unable
to identify qualified violence prevention organizations to
provide adequate coverage.
(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21.)
 
    (430 ILCS 69/35-30)
    Sec. 35-30. Integrated youth services.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, for municipalities with
1,000,000 or more residents, the Office of Firearm Violence
Prevention shall make grants to qualified youth development
organizations for evidence-based youth after-school and summer
programming. Evidence-based youth development programs shall
provide services to teens that increase their school
attendance, school performance, reduce involvement in the
criminal and juvenile justice systems system, and develop
nonacademic interests that build social emotional persistence
and intelligence.
    (b) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall
identify municipal blocks where more than 35% of all fatal and
nonfatal firearm-shot incidents take place and focus all youth
development service grants to residents of these identified
municipality blocks in the designated eligible service areas
17 targeted neighborhoods. The Department of Human Services
shall prioritize funding to youth Youth development service
programs that shall be required to serve the following teens
before expanding services to the broader community:
        (1) criminal and juvenile justice-involved youth;
        (2) students who are attending or have attended option
    schools;
        (3) family members of individuals working with
    qualified violence prevention organizations; and
        (4) youth living on the blocks where more than 35% of
    the violence takes place in a neighborhood.
    (c) Each program participant enrolled in a youth
development program under this Act, when possible and
appropriate, shall receive an individualized needs assessment
to determine if the participant requires intensive youth
services as provided for in Section 35-35 of this Act. The
needs assessment should be the best available instrument that
considers the physical and mental condition of each youth
based on the youth's family ties, financial resources, past
substance use, criminal justice involvement, and trauma
related to chronic exposure to firearm violence behavioral
health assessment to determine the participant's broader
support and mental health needs. The Office of Firearm
Violence Prevention shall determine best practices for
referring program participants who are at the highest risk of
violence and criminal justice involvement to be referred to a
high-risk youth development intervention program established
in Section 35-35.
    (d) Youth development prevention program participants
shall receive services designed to empower participants with
the social and emotional skills necessary to forge paths of
healthy development and disengagement from high-risk
behaviors. Within the context of engaging social, physical,
and personal development activities, participants should build
resilience and the skills associated with healthy social,
emotional, and identity development.
    (e) Youth development providers shall develop the
following expertise in the geographic areas they cover:
        (1) Knowledge of the teens and their social
    organization in the blocks they are designated to serve.
        (2) Youth development organizations receiving grants
    under this Act shall be required to coordinate services
    with other qualified youth development organizations in
    their neighborhood by sharing lessons learned in monthly
    meetings.
        (3) (Blank). Providing qualitative review of other
    youth development organizations in their neighborhood as
    required by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
        (4) Meeting on an emergency basis when conflicts
    related to program participants that need immediate
    attention and resolution arise.
        (5) Sharing knowledge and strategies of the
    neighborhood violence dynamic in monthly meetings with
    local qualified violence prevention organizations
    receiving grants under this Act.
        (6) Selecting an approved technical assistance and
    service training service provider to receive and contract
    with them for agreed upon services.
    (f) The Illinois Office of Firearm Violence Prevention
shall select, when possible and appropriate, no fewer than 2
and no more than 3 approved technical assistance and training
providers to deliver technical assistance and training to the
youth development organizations that request to receive agree
to contract with an approved technical assistance and training
provider. Youth development organizations must use an approved
technical assistance and training provider but have complete
authority to select among the approved technical assistance
services providers funded by the Office of Firearm Violence
Prevention.
    (g) Approved technical assistance and training providers
may:
        (1) provide training to youth development workers on
    how to perform outreach services;
        (2) provide management training on how to manage youth
    development workers;
        (3) provide training and assistance on how to develop
    memorandum of understanding for referral services or
    create approved provider lists for these referral
    services, or both;
        (4) share lessons learned among youth development
    service providers in their network; and
        (5) provide technical assistance and training on human
    resources, grants management, capacity building, and
    fiscal management strategies.
    (h) Approved technical assistance and training providers
shall:
        (1) provide additional services identified as
    necessary by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention and
    youth development service providers in their network; and
        (2) receive an annual base grant of up to $250,000
    plus negotiated service rates to provide group and
    individualized plus fees negotiated for services to from
    participating youth development service organizations.
    (i) (Blank). Fees negotiated for approved technical
assistance and training providers shall not exceed 10% of
awarded grant funds to a youth development services
organization.
    (j) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall issue
youth development services grants, when possible and
appropriate, to no fewer than 4 youth services organizations
in each of the eligible service areas 17 neighborhoods served
and no more than 8 organizations in each of the 17
neighborhoods. When possible, grants shall be for no less than
$300,000 per youth development organization. The Office of
Firearm Violence Prevention may establish award ranges to
ensure grants will have the potential to reduce violence in
each neighborhood. Youth services grants shall be for no less
than $400,000 per youth development organization.
    (k) No youth development organization can serve more than
3 eligible service areas neighborhoods unless the Office of
Firearm Violence Prevention is unable to identify youth
development organizations to provide adequate coverage.
    (l) No approved technical assistance and training provider
shall provide youth development services in any neighborhood
under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21.)
 
    (430 ILCS 69/35-35)
    Sec. 35-35. Intensive youth intervention services.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, for municipalities with
1,000,000 or more residents, the Office of Firearm Violence
Prevention shall issue grants to qualified high-risk youth
intervention organizations for evidence-based intervention
services that reduce involvement in the criminal and juvenile
justice system, increase school attendance, and refer
high-risk teens into therapeutic programs that address trauma
recovery and other mental health improvements. Each program
participant enrolled in a high-risk youth intervention program
under this Act shall receive a nationally recognized
comprehensive mental health assessment delivered by a
qualified mental health professional certified to provide
services to Medicaid recipients.
    (b) High-risk youth Youth intervention program
participants shall receive needed services as determined by
the individualized assessment which may include, but is not
limited to:
        (1) receive group-based emotional regulation therapy
    that helps them control their emotions and understand how
    trauma and stress impacts their thinking and behavior; and
        (2) have youth advocates that accompany them to their
    group therapy sessions, assist them with issues that
    prevent them from attending school, and address life
    skills development activities through weekly coaching. ;
    and
    (b-5) High-risk youth intervention service organizations
shall (3) be required to have trained clinical staff managing
the youth advocate interface with program participants.
    (c) Youth development service organizations shall be
assigned to the youth intervention service providers for
referrals by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
    (d) The youth receiving intervention services who are
evaluated to need trauma recovery and other behavioral health
interventions and who have the greatest risk of firearm
violence victimization shall be referred to the family systems
intervention services established in Section 35-55.
    (e) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall issue
high-risk youth intervention grants, when possible and
appropriate, to no less than 2 youth intervention
organizations and no more than 4 organizations in
municipalities with 1,000,000 or more residents.
    (f) No high-risk youth intervention organization can serve
more than 13 eligible service areas 10 neighborhoods.
    (g) The approved technical assistance and training
providers for youth development programs provided in
subsection (d) of Section 35-30 shall also provide technical
assistance and training to the affiliated high-risk youth
intervention service providers.
    (h) (Blank). The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention
shall establish payment requirements from youth intervention
service providers to the affiliated approved technical
assistance and training providers.
(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21.)
 
    (430 ILCS 69/35-40)
    Sec. 35-40. Services for municipalities with less than
1,000,000 residents.
    (a) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall
identify the 10 municipalities or geographically contiguous
areas in Illinois with less than 1,000,000 residents and more
than 35,000 25,000 residents that have the largest
concentration of fatal and nonfatal concentrated firearm-shot
victims over the 5-year period considered for eligibility
violence in the last 5 years. These areas shall qualify for
grants under this Act. The Office of Firearm Violence
Prevention may shall identify up to 5 additional
municipalities or geographically contiguous areas with more
than 25,000 residents and less than 1,000,000 residents that
would benefit from evidence-based violence prevention
services. In identifying the additional municipalities that
qualify for funding under Section 35-40, the Office of Firearm
Violence Prevention shall consider the following factors when
possible:
        (1) the total number of fatal and nonfatal firearms
    victims, excluding self-inflicted incidents, in a
    potential municipality over the 5-year period considered
    for eligibility in the last 5 years;
        (2) the per capita rate of fatal and nonfatal firearms
    victims, excluding self-inflicted incidents, in a
    potential municipality over the 5-year period considered
    for eligibility in the last 5 years; and
        (3) the total potential firearms violence reduction
    benefit for the entire State of Illinois by serving the
    additional municipalities municipality compared to the
    total benefit of investing in all other municipalities
    identified for grants to municipalities with more than
    35,000 25,000 residents and less than 1,000,000 residents.
    (b) Resources for each of these areas shall be distributed
based on a formula to be developed by the Office of Firearm
Violence Prevention that will maximize the total potential
reduction in firearms victimization for all municipalities
receiving grants under this Act. Resources for each of these
areas shall be distributed based on maximizing the total
potential reduction in firearms victimization for all
municipalities receiving grants under this Act. The Office of
Firearm Violence Prevention may establish a minimum grant
amount for each municipality awarded grants under this Section
to ensure grants will have the potential to reduce violence in
each municipality. The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention
shall maximize the potential for violence reduction throughout
Illinois after determining the necessary minimum grant amounts
to be effective in each municipality receiving grants under
this Section.
    (c) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall create
local advisory councils for each of the designated service
areas 10 areas designated for the purpose of obtaining
recommendations on how to distribute funds in these areas to
reduce firearm violence incidents. Local advisory councils
shall have a minimum consist of 5 members with the following
expertise or experience:
        (1) a representative of a nonelected official in local
    government from the designated area;
        (2) a representative of an elected official at the
    local or state level for the area;
        (3) a representative with public health experience in
    firearm violence prevention or youth development; and
        (4) two residents of the subsection of each area with
    the most concentrated firearm violence incidents; and .
        (5) additional members as determined by the individual
    local advisory council.
    (d) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall
provide data to each local council on the characteristics of
firearm violence in the designated area and other relevant
information on the physical and demographic characteristics of
the designated area. The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention
shall also provide best available evidence on how to address
the social determinants of health in the designated area in
order to reduce firearm violence.
    (e) Each local advisory council shall make recommendations
on how to allocate distributed resources for its area based on
information provided to them by the Office of Firearm Violence
Prevention, local law enforcement data, and other locally
available data.
    (f) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall
consider the recommendations and determine how to distribute
funds through grants to community-based organizations and
local governments. To the extent the Office of Firearm
Violence Prevention does not follow a local advisory council's
recommendation on allocation of funds, the Office of Firearm
Violence Prevention shall explain in writing why a different
allocation of resources is more likely to reduce firearm
violence in the designated area.
    (g) Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human
Services and the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall
issue grants to local governmental agencies or and
community-based organizations, or both, to maximize firearm
violence reduction each year. When possible, initial grants
Grants shall be named no later than April March 1, 2022 and
renewed or competitively bid as appropriate in subsequent
fiscal years. Grants in proceeding years shall be issued on or
before July 15 of the relevant fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 12/10/2021