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Public Act 102-0898


 

Public Act 0898 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0898
 
HB4306 EnrolledLRB102 21924 KTG 31047 b

    AN ACT concerning State government.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is amended
by adding Section 5.26 as follows:
 
    (20 ILCS 505/5.26 new)
    Sec. 5.26. Holistic Mental Health Care for Youth in Care
Task Force.
    (a) The Holistic Mental Health Care for Youth in Care Task
Force is created. The Task Force shall review and make
recommendations regarding mental health and wellness services
provided to youth in care, including a program of holistic
mental health services provided 30 days after the date upon
which a youth is placed in foster care, in order to determine
how to best meet the mental health needs of youth in care.
Additionally, the Task Force shall:
        (1) assess the capacity of State licensed mental
    health professionals to provide preventive mental health
    care to youth in care;
        (2) review the current payment rates for mental health
    providers serving the youth in care population;
        (3) evaluate the process for smaller private practices
    and agencies to bill through managed care, evaluate
    delayed payments to mental health providers, and recommend
    improvements to make billing practices more efficient;
        (4) evaluate the recruitment and retention of mental
    health providers who are persons of color to serve the
    youth in care population; and
        (5) any other relevant subject and processes as deemed
    necessary by the Task Force.
    (b) The Task Force shall have 9 members, comprised as
follows:
        (1) The Director of Healthcare and Family Services or
    the Director's designee.
        (2) The Director of Children and Family Services or
    the Director's designee.
        (3) A member appointed by the Governor from the Office
    of the Governor who has a focus on mental health issues.
        (4) Two members from the House of Representatives,
    appointed one each by the Speaker of the House of
    Representatives and the Minority Leader of the House of
    Representatives.
        (5) Two members of the Senate, appointed one each by
    the President of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the
    Senate.
        (6) One member who is a former youth in care,
    appointed by the Governor.
        (7) One representative from the managed care entity
    managing the YouthCare program, appointed by the Director
    of Healthcare and Family Services.
    Task Force members shall serve without compensation but
may be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the
performance of their duties.
    (c) The Task Force shall meet at least once each month
beginning no later than July 1, 2022 and at other times as
determined by the Task Force. The Task Force may hold
electronic meetings and a member of the Task Force shall be
deemed present for the purposes of establishing a quorum and
voting.
    (d) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services, in
conjunction with the Department of Children and Family
Services, shall provide administrative and other support to
the Task Force.
    (e) The Task Force shall prepare and submit to the
Governor and the General Assembly at the end of each quarter a
report that summarizes its work and makes recommendations
resulting from its study. The Task Force shall submit its
final report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later
than December 31, 2024. Upon submission of its final report,
the Task Force is dissolved.
    (f) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2026.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 5/25/2022