(325 ILCS 5/7.1)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2057.1)
(a) To the fullest extent feasible, the Department shall cooperate
with and shall seek the cooperation and involvement of all appropriate public
and private agencies, including health, education, social service and law
enforcement agencies, religious institutions,
courts of competent jurisdiction, and agencies,
organizations, or programs providing or concerned with human services related
to the prevention, identification or treatment of child abuse or neglect.
Such cooperation and involvement shall include joint consultation and
services, joint planning, joint case management, joint public education and
information services, joint utilization of facilities, joint staff
development and other training, and the creation of multidisciplinary case
diagnostic, case handling, case management, and policy planning teams.
Such cooperation and involvement shall also include consultation and planning
with the Illinois Department of Human Services regarding
referrals to designated
perinatal centers of newborn children requiring protective custody under
this Act, whose life or development may be threatened by a developmental
disability or disabling condition.
For implementing such intergovernmental cooperation and involvement,
units of local government and public and private agencies may apply for and
receive federal or State funds from the Department under this Act or seek
and receive gifts from local philanthropic or other private local sources
in order to augment any State funds appropriated for the purposes of this Act.
(b) The Department may establish up to 5 demonstrations of
multidisciplinary teams to advise, review and monitor cases of child abuse
and neglect brought
by the Department or any member of the team. The Director shall determine
the criteria by which certain cases of child abuse or neglect are brought
to the multidisciplinary teams. The criteria shall include but not be limited
to geographic area and classification of certain cases where allegations
are of a severe nature. Each multidisciplinary team shall consist of 7
to 10 members appointed by the Director, including, but not limited to
representatives from the medical, mental health, educational, juvenile
justice, law enforcement and social service fields.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)