(105 ILCS 5/2-3.79)
(from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.79)
Pilot programs and special education services for preschool
children with disabilities from birth to age 3. The State Board of
Education may enter into contracts with public or not-for-profit private
organizations or agencies to establish model pilot programs which provide
services to children with disabilities from birth up to the age of 3 years.
Annual grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis pursuant to
established criteria provided that there is an annual appropriation for
this purpose. Public or not-for-profit private organizations or agencies
that are providing services to children with disabilities up to the age of 3
years prior to September 22, 1985 are eligible to receive grants awarded
pursuant to this Section.
Each pilot program shall include, but not be limited to: a process for
identification of infants with disabilities in the region;
of the project and the services provided; an intervention system; methods
to assess and diagnose infants with disabilities; written
programs that include parental involvement; an interdisciplinary treatment
approach to include other agencies and not-for-profit organizations; and
a written evaluation submitted to the State Board of Education at the end
of the grant period.
An Interagency Coordination Council shall be established consisting of
a representative of the State Superintendent of Education who shall serve
as chairman, and one representative from the following departments appointed
by the respective directors or secretary: Children and Family Services, Public Health, Human
Public Aid, and the Division of Specialized Care for Children of the
University of Illinois. The council shall recommend criteria to the State
Board of Education for the awarding of grants pursuant to this Section and
shall assist in coordinating the services provided by agencies to the children
with disabilities described in this Section.
A report containing recommendations concerning all of the pilot programs
shall be submitted by the State Board of Education to the General Assembly
by January of 1989. The report which shall analyze the results
of the pilot programs funded under this Section and make recommendations
concerning existing and proposed programs shall include, but not be limited
to: recommendations for staff licensure and qualifications; the number of
children and families eligible for services statewide; the cost of serving
the children and their families; the types of services to be provided; and
designs for the most effective delivery systems of these services.
(Source: P.A. 89-397, eff. 8-20-95; 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)