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305 ILCS 5/6-11
(305 ILCS 5/6-11)
(from Ch. 23, par. 6-11)
(a) Effective July 1, 1992, all State funded General Assistance and related
medical benefits shall be governed by this Section, provided that, notwithstanding any other provisions of this Code to the contrary, on and after July 1, 2012, the State shall not fund the programs outlined in this Section. Other parts of this Code
or other laws related to General Assistance shall remain in effect to the
extent they do not conflict with the provisions of this Section. If any other
part of this Code or other laws of this State conflict with the provisions of
this Section, the provisions of this Section shall control.
(b) General Assistance may consist of 2 separate
programs. One program shall be for adults with no children and shall be
known as Transitional Assistance. The other program may be for
families with children and for pregnant women and shall be known as
Family and Children Assistance.
(c) (1) To be eligible for Transitional Assistance on or after July
1, 1992, an individual must be ineligible for assistance under any other
Article of this Code, must be determined chronically needy, and must be one of
(A) age 18 or over or
(B) married and living with a spouse, regardless of
(2) The local governmental unit shall determine
whether individuals are chronically needy as follows:
(A) Individuals who have applied for Supplemental
Security Income (SSI) and are awaiting a decision on eligibility for SSI who are determined to be a person with a disability by the Illinois Department using the SSI standard shall be considered chronically needy, except that individuals whose disability is based solely on substance use disorders and whose disability would cease were their addictions to end shall be eligible only for medical assistance and shall not be eligible for cash assistance under the Transitional Assistance program.
(C) The unit of local government may specify other
categories of individuals as chronically needy; nothing in this Section, however, shall be deemed to require the inclusion of any specific category other than as specified in paragraph (A).
(3) For individuals in Transitional Assistance, medical assistance may
be provided by the unit of local government in an amount and nature determined by the unit of local government. Nothing in this paragraph (3) shall be construed to require the coverage of
any particular medical service. In addition, the amount and nature of medical
assistance provided may be different for different categories of individuals
determined chronically needy.
(d) (1) To be eligible for Family and Children Assistance, a
family unit must be ineligible for assistance under any other Article of
this Code and must contain a child who is:
(A) under age 18 or
(B) age 18 and a full-time student in a secondary
school or the equivalent level of vocational or technical training, and who may reasonably be expected to complete the program before reaching age 19.
Those children shall be eligible for Family and Children Assistance.
(2) The natural or adoptive parents of the child living in the same
household may be eligible for Family and Children Assistance.
(3) A pregnant woman whose pregnancy has been verified shall be
eligible for income maintenance assistance under the Family and
Children Assistance program.
(4) The amount and nature of medical assistance provided under the
Family and Children Assistance program shall be determined by the unit of local government. The amount and nature of medical
need not be the same as that provided under paragraph (3) of
subsection (c) of this Section, and nothing in this paragraph (4) shall be
construed to require the coverage of any particular medical service.
(e) A local governmental unit that chooses to participate in a
General Assistance program under this Section shall provide
funding in accordance with Section 12-21.13 of this Act.
Local governmental funds used to qualify for State funding may only be
expended for clients eligible for assistance under this Section 6-11 and
related administrative expenses.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 100-759, eff. 1-1-19