Rep. Michelle Mussman

Filed: 4/23/2019





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1889 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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1    protection investigators using experiential learning
2    through simulations. Simulations provide a safe learning
3    environment that bridges the gap between policy and
4    practice, increases worker engagement, and accelerates
5    learning.
6        (3) Research indicates that traditional classroom
7    training results in less than a 15% transfer of knowledge
8    once in the field.
9    (b) Subject to appropriation, the training efforts of the
10Child Protection Training Academy shall include, but not be
11limited to, the following:
12        (1) The continued development of simulation training
13    for all child protection investigators, including those
14    newly hired and seasoned investigators.
15        (2) The continued development and implementation of
16    simulation training for investigation, intact, and
17    permanency supervisors.
18        (3) The development of simulation training for intact
19    and permanency workers both in the Department and at
20    private agencies.
21        (4) The development of simulation-based training
22    curricula on recognizing and responding to cases of child
23    abuse or neglect for mandated reporters.
24        (5) The development of simulation-based training for
25    multidisciplinary teams in partnership with the
26    Department, including, but not limited to, the use of mock



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1    medical and mock forensic facilities.
2        (6) Cultural competency training for investigative
3    staff that provides tools and other supports to ensure that
4    a child welfare provider's response to and engagement with
5    families and children of color are: (i) conducted or
6    provided in a manner that is responsive to the beliefs,
7    interpersonal styles, attitudes, language, and behaviors
8    of the individuals who are receiving services; and (ii)
9    conducted or provided in a manner that has the greatest
10    likelihood of ensuring maximum success of or participation
11    in the child welfare program or services being provided.
12        (7) Laboratory training facilities that may include,
13    but not be limited to, mock houses, mock courtrooms, mock
14    medical facilities, and mock forensic interview rooms that
15    allow for simulated, interactive, and intensive training.
16        (8) Minimum standards of competence that staff shall be
17    required to demonstrate prior to receiving Child Welfare
18    Employee Licensure certification from the Department.
19    (c) By July 1, 2020, the Department of Children and Family
20Services may adopt procedures for the administration of the
21Child Protection Training Academy that not only establish
22statewide competence, assessment, and training standards for
23persons providing child welfare services, but that also ensure
24that persons who provide child welfare services have the
25knowledge, skills, professionalism, and abilities to make
26decisions that keep children safe and secure. The Department



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1shall continue to arrange for an independent evaluation of the
2Child Protection Training Academy through June 2021, inclusive
3of the first 5 years of operation. Nothing in this Section
4prohibits the Department from administering simulation
5training with other entities outside of the University of
6Illinois at Springfield. The Department may contract with any
7entity to provide all aspects of child welfare training.
8    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
9becoming law.".