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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is amended
5by adding Section 21.2a as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 505/21.2a new)
7    Sec. 21.2a. The Department of Children and Family Services'
8Child Protection Training Academy.
9    (a) Findings. The General Assembly finds and declares all
10of the following:
11        (1) The Department of Children and Family Services
12    collaborated with the University of Illinois at
13    Springfield to develop the Child Protection Training
14    Academy in 2015.
15        (2) The Child Protection Training Academy represents
16    an innovative approach to training frontline child
17    protection investigators using experiential learning
18    through simulations. Simulations provide a safe learning
19    environment that bridges the gap between policy and
20    practice, increases worker engagement, and accelerates
21    learning.
22        (3) Research indicates that traditional classroom
23    training results in less than a 15% transfer of knowledge



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1    once in the field.
2    (b) Subject to appropriation, the training efforts of the
3Child Protection Training Academy shall include, but not be
4limited to, the following:
5        (1) The continued development of simulation training
6    for all child protection investigators, including those
7    newly hired and seasoned investigators.
8        (2) The continued development and implementation of
9    simulation training for investigation, intact, and
10    permanency supervisors.
11        (3) The development of simulation training for intact
12    and permanency workers both in the Department and at
13    private agencies.
14        (4) The development of simulation-based training
15    curricula on recognizing and responding to cases of child
16    abuse or neglect for mandated reporters.
17        (5) The development of simulation-based training for
18    multidisciplinary teams in partnership with the
19    Department, including, but not limited to, the use of mock
20    medical and mock forensic facilities.
21        (6) Cultural competency training for investigative
22    staff that provides tools and other supports to ensure that
23    a child welfare provider's response to and engagement with
24    families and children of color are: (i) conducted or
25    provided in a manner that is responsive to the beliefs,
26    interpersonal styles, attitudes, language, and behaviors



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1    of the individuals who are receiving services; and (ii)
2    conducted or provided in a manner that has the greatest
3    likelihood of ensuring maximum success of or participation
4    in the child welfare program or services being provided.
5        (7) Laboratory training facilities that may include,
6    but not be limited to, mock houses, mock courtrooms, mock
7    medical facilities, and mock forensic interview rooms that
8    allow for simulated, interactive, and intensive training.
9        (8) Minimum standards of competence that staff shall be
10    required to demonstrate prior to receiving Child Welfare
11    Employee Licensure certification from the Department.
12    (c) By July 1, 2020, the Department of Children and Family
13Services may adopt procedures for the administration of the
14Child Protection Training Academy that not only establish
15statewide competence, assessment, and training standards for
16persons providing child welfare services, but that also ensure
17that persons who provide child welfare services have the
18knowledge, skills, professionalism, and abilities to make
19decisions that keep children safe and secure. The Department
20shall continue to arrange for an independent evaluation of the
21Child Protection Training Academy through June 2021, inclusive
22of the first 5 years of operation. Nothing in this Section
23prohibits the Department from administering simulation
24training with other entities outside of the University of
25Illinois at Springfield. The Department may contract with any
26entity to provide all aspects of child welfare training.



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2becoming law.