(20 ILCS 5035/5)
The General Assembly finds that:
(1) The State of Illinois depends upon public and private service providers to deliver many critical human services necessary to protect and enhance the welfare of its citizens, including its most vulnerable populations.
(2) The citizens of Illinois and their communities depend upon these services to protect public health, create individual and family well-being, improve public safety, revitalize local economies, and enhance learning.
(3) Human services play a vital role in every community and legislative district across the State, providing jobs and revenue in addition to services and supports to children and youth, families, workers, the elderly, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations.
(4) A strong and well-managed network of public and private human services is integral to the achievement of other State goals in the areas of health and wellness, educational outcomes, workforce development, and an improved business climate.
(5) A lack of adequate appropriations, clear goals, spending priorities, and measurable outcomes along with delays in payments, inadequate rates, duplicative reporting requirements, and other systemic barriers prevent private entities from achieving the goal of a strong and effective network of well-managed public and private service providers.
(6) The maintenance of a strong and well-managed network of human services requires a joint planning process that brings together public and private experts in human services to identify best practices and strategies.
(Source: P.A. 97-1077, eff. 1-1-13.)