(20 ILCS 1305/10-25)
Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program.
(a) The Department shall
participate in the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program of the
federal government to the maximum extent permitted by the federal
appropriation and allocation to the State of Illinois. The Department
shall report quarterly to the Governor and the General
Assembly the status of obligations and expenditures of the WIC nutrition
program appropriation and make recommendations on actions necessary to
expend all available federal funds. Other appropriations and funds from
any public or private source in addition to federal funds may be used by
the Department for the purpose of maximum participation in
the WIC nutrition program.
(b) The Department shall maintain a drug abuse education program for
participants in the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program.
The program shall include but need not be limited to (1) the
provision of information concerning the dangers of drug abuse and (2) the
referral of participants who are suspected drug abusers to drug abuse
clinics, treatment programs, counselors or other drug abuse treatment
(c) The Department shall cooperate with the Department of Public Health for
purposes of the smoking cessation program for participants in the Women,
Infants and Children Nutrition Program maintained by the Department of Public
Health under Section 2310-435 of the Department of Public
Powers and Duties Law (20 ILCS 2310/2310-435).
(d) The Department may contract with any bank as defined by the Illinois
Banking Act to redeem bank drafts issued by the Department under the United
States Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Food Program for
Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Any bank with which the Department has
entered into a contract to redeem bank drafts may receive, pursuant to an
appropriation to the Department, an initial advance and periodic payment of
funds for the Women, Infants and Children Program in amounts determined by
the Secretary. Notwithstanding any other law, such funds shall be retained
in a separate account by the bank. Any interest earned by monies in such
account shall accrue to the USDA Women, Infants and Children Fund and shall
be used exclusively for the redemption of bank drafts issued by the
Department. WIC program food funds received by the bank from the
Department shall be used exclusively for the redemption of bank drafts. The
bank shall not use such food funds, or interest accrued thereon, for any
other purpose including, but not limited to, reimbursement of
administrative expenses or payments of administrative fees due the bank
pursuant to its contract or contracts with the Department.
Such initial and periodic payments by the Department to the bank shall be
effected, pursuant to an appropriation, in an amount needed for the
redemption of bank drafts issued by the Department under the United States
Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Food Program for Women,
Infants and Children in any initial or succeeding period. The State
Comptroller shall, upon presentation by the Secretary of adequate
certification of funds needed for redemption of bank drafts, promptly draw
a warrant payable to the bank for deposit to the separate account of the
bank. Such certification may be in magnetic tape or computer output form,
indicating the amount of the total payment made by the bank for the
redemption of bank drafts from funds provided to the bank under this Section.
The separate account of the bank established under this Section, any
payments to that account, and the use of such account and funds shall be
subject to (1) audit by the Department or a private contractor authorized by
the Department to conduct audits, including but not limited to
such audits as may be required by State law, (2) audit by the federal
government or a private contractor authorized by the federal government, and
(3) post audit pursuant to the Illinois State Auditing Act.
(e) The Department may include a program of lactation support services
as part of the benefits and services provided for pregnant and breast feeding
participants in the Women,
Infants and Children Nutrition Program. The program may include payment for
breast pumps, breast shields, or any supply deemed essential for the successful
maintenance of lactation, as well as lactation specialists who are registered
dietitians, or persons who have successfully completed a lactation
management training program.
(f) The Department shall coordinate the operation of the Women, Infants and
Children program with the Medicaid program by interagency agreement whereby
each program provides information about the services offered by the other to
applicants for services.
(Source: P.A. 90-290, eff. 1-1-98; 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)