(20 ILCS 1340/15)
Goals shall include, but not be limited to, the following: enabling persons with mental and substance use illnesses to access clinically appropriate, evidence-based services, regardless of where they reside in the State and particularly in rural areas; improving access to mental health and substance abuse services throughout Illinois, but especially in rural Illinois communities, by fostering innovative financing and collaboration among a variety of health, behavioral health, social service, and other community entities and by supporting the development of regional-specific planning and strategies; facilitating the integration of behavioral health services with primary and other medical services, advancing opportunities under federal health reform initiatives; ensuring actual or technologically-assisted access to the entire continuum of integrated care, including the provision of services in the areas of prevention, consumer or patient assessment and diagnosis, psychiatric care, case coordination, crisis and emergency care, acute inpatient and outpatient treatment in private hospitals and from other community providers, support services, and community residential settings; identifying funding for persons who do not have insurance and do not qualify for State and federal healthcare payment programs such as Medicaid or Medicare; and improving access to transportation in rural areas.
(Source: P.A. 97-381, eff. 1-1-12.)