Public Act 90-0238 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0238

HB1294 Enrolled                                LRB9003278DNmb

    AN ACT to amend the Alcoholism and Other Drug  Abuse  and
Dependency Act by adding Section 35-10.

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

    Section 5.  The  Alcoholism  and  Other  Drug  Abuse  and
Dependency Act is amended by adding Section 35-10 as follows:

    (20 ILCS 301/35-10 new)
    Sec. 35-10.  Adolescent Family Life Program.
    (a)  The   General   Assembly   finds  and  declares  the
         (1)  In Illinois, a substantial number of babies are
    born each year to adolescent mothers between  12  and  19
    years of age.
         (2)  A    substantial    percentage    of   pregnant
    adolescents either abuse substances by experimenting with
    alcohol and drugs or live  in  an  environment  in  which
    substance  abuse  occurs and thus are at risk of exposing
    their infants to dangerous and harmful substances.
         (3)  It is  difficult  to  provide  substance  abuse
    counseling  for adolescents in settings designed to serve
    (b)  To address the findings set forth in subsection (a),
the  Department  of  Human  Services  as  successor  to   the
Department  of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse may establish a
3-year demonstration program in Cook County to  be  known  as
the  Adolescent  Family  Life  Program.  The program shall be
designed specifically to meet the developmental, social,  and
educational needs of high-risk pregnant adolescents and shall
do the following:
         (1)  To the maximum extent feasible and appropriate,
    utilize  existing programs and funding rather than create
    new, duplicative programs and services.
         (2)  Include    plans    for    coordination     and
    collaboration  with  existing  perinatal  substance abuse
         (3)  Include goals and objectives for  reducing  the
    incidence of high-risk pregnant adolescents.
         (4)  Be culturally and linguistically appropriate to
    the population being served.
         (5)  Include staff development training by substance
    abuse counselors.
    As  used in this Section, "high-risk pregnant adolescent"
means a person at least 12 but not more than 18 years of  age
who  uses  alcohol  to  excess,  is  addicted to a controlled
substance, or habitually uses cannabis and is pregnant.
    (c)  If the Department establishes a program  under  this
Section,  the  Department  shall  report the following to the
General  Assembly  on  or  before  the  first  day   of   the
thirty-first  month  following the month in which the program
is initiated:
         (1)  An accounting of  the  incidence  of  high-risk
    pregnant  adolescents who are abusing alcohol or drugs or
    a combination of alcohol and drugs.
         (2)  An accounting of the health outcomes of infants
    of  high-risk  pregnant  adolescents,  including   infant
    morbidity, rehospitalization, low birth weight, premature
    birth, developmental delay, and other related areas.
         (3)  An   accounting   of  school  enrollment  among
    high-risk pregnant adolescents.
         (4)  An  assessment  of  the  effectiveness  of  the
    counseling  services  in  reducing   the   incidence   of
    high-risk pregnant adolescents who are abusing alcohol or
    drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs.
         (5)  The  effectiveness  of  the  component of other
    health programs aimed at  reducing  substance  use  among
    pregnant adolescents.
         (6)  The need for an availability of substance abuse
    treatment   programs   in  the  program  areas  that  are
    appropriate, acceptable, and accessible to adolescents.

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