(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.)
(20 ILCS 1340/20)
Steering Committee and Networks.
(a) To achieve these goals, the Department of Human Services shall convene a Regional Integrated Behavioral Health Networks Steering Committee (hereinafter "Steering Committee") comprised of State agencies involved in the provision, regulation, or financing of health, mental health, substance abuse, rehabilitation, and other services. These include, but shall not be limited to, the following agencies:
(1) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
(2) The Department of Human Services and its
Divisions of Mental Illness and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
(3) The Department of Public Health, including its
The Steering Committee shall include a representative from each Network. The agencies of the Steering Committee are directed to work collaboratively to provide consultation, advice, and leadership to the Networks in facilitating communication within and across multiple agencies and in removing regulatory barriers that may prevent Networks from accomplishing the goals. The Steering Committee collectively or through one of its member Agencies shall also provide technical assistance to the Networks.
(b) There also shall be convened Networks in each of the Department of Human Services' regions comprised of representatives of community stakeholders represented in the Network, including when available, but not limited to, relevant trade and professional associations representing hospitals, community providers, public health care, hospice care, long term care, law enforcement, emergency medical service, physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants trained in psychiatry; an organization that advocates on behalf of federally qualified health centers, an organization that advocates on behalf of persons suffering with mental illness and substance abuse disorders, an organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities, an organization that advocates on behalf of persons who live in rural areas, an organization that advocates on behalf of persons who live in medically underserved areas; and others designated by the Steering Committee or the Networks. A member from each Network may choose a representative who may serve on the Steering Committee.
(Source: P.A. 99-581, eff. 1-1-17; 100-513, eff. 1-1-18
(20 ILCS 1340/25)
Development of Network Plans.
Each Network shall develop a plan for its respective region that addresses the following:
(a) Inventory of all mental health and substance abuse treatment services, primary health care facilities and services, private hospitals, State-operated psychiatric hospitals, long term care facilities, social services, transportation services, and any services available to serve persons with mental and substance use illnesses.
(b) Identification of unmet community needs, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Waiting lists in community mental health and
substance abuse services.
(2) Hospital emergency department use by persons with
mental and substance use illnesses, including volume, length of stay, and challenges associated with obtaining psychiatric assessment.
(3) Difficulty obtaining admission to inpatient
facilities, and reasons therefore.
(4) Availability of primary care providers in the
community, including Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Centers.
(5) Availability of psychiatrists and mental health
(6) Transportation issues.
(c) Identification of opportunities to improve access to mental and substance abuse services through the integration of specialty behavioral health services with primary care, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Availability of Federally Qualified Health
Centers in community with mental health staff.
(2) Development of accountable care organizations or
other primary care entities.
(3) Availability of acute care hospitals with
specialized psychiatric capacity.
(4) Community providers with an interest in
collaborating with acute care providers.
(d) Development of a plan to address community needs, including a specific timeline for implementation of specific objectives and establishment of evaluation measures. The comprehensive plan should include the complete continuum of behavioral health services, including, but not limited to, the following:
(2) Client assessment and diagnosis.
(3) An array of outpatient behavioral health services.
(4) Case coordination.
(5) Crisis and emergency services.
(6) Treatment, including inpatient psychiatric
services in public and private hospitals.
(7) Long term care facilities.
(8) Community residential alternatives to
(9) Primary care services.
(Source: P.A. 97-381, eff. 1-1-12.)