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(705 ILCS 415/) Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force Act.

705 ILCS 415/1

    (705 ILCS 415/1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2018)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-894, eff. 1-1-17.)

705 ILCS 415/5

    (705 ILCS 415/5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2018)
    Sec. 5. Findings. The General Assembly finds that:
        (1) an estimated 70% of youth who are arrested in the
    
United States have a mental health disorder;
        (2) in many cases, this may contribute to the cause
    
of their arrest or may remain undiagnosed as they progress through the juvenile justice system;
        (3) in Cook County, at least one study found that
    
60% of boys and 66% of girls detained in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center met the diagnostic criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders;
        (4) an appropriate system of care would be one in
    
which youth with identified mental health needs receive care through the health care system in the community rather than in the juvenile justice system;
        (5) while some youth are diverted to hospitals while
    
they are in mental health crisis, often these youth do not require hospitalization but are funneled through these hospitals unnecessarily because of the lack of less intensive options available to receive intermediate care;
        (6) youth in these situations often need a quick
    
assessment and intermediate care, such as crisis intervention, counseling, or case management;
        (7) in contrast, a hospital assessment and a
    
referral for later community treatment are unnecessarily costly and specialized;
        (8) youth with undiagnosed mental health issues may
    
be arrested and processed through the juvenile justice system and only receive treatment once they are deep in the juvenile justice system;
        (9) opportunities exist in several areas to
    
eliminate barriers to community-based treatment for youth and increase diversion programming that allows youth to receive treatment and avoid further involvement with law enforcement or the juvenile justice system; and
        (10) establishing a Mental Health Opportunities for
    
Youth Diversion Task Force to review best practices and guarantee cross-collaboration among government entities and community partners is essential to eliminating these barriers and ensuring that youth in this State with mental health needs do not end up unnecessarily tangled in the juvenile justice system.
(Source: P.A. 99-894, eff. 1-1-17.)

705 ILCS 415/10

    (705 ILCS 415/10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2018)
    Sec. 10. Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force.
    (a) There is created the Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force within the Department of Human Services. The Task Force shall be composed of no more than 21 voting members including:
        (1) Two members of the House of Representatives, one
    
appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
        (2) Two members of the Senate, one appointed by the
    
President of the Senate and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate.
        (3) One representative of the Office of the Governor
    
appointed by the Governor.
        (4) Twelve members of the public:
            (A) one representative from a health and hospital
        
system, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
            (B) one representative from a community-based
        
mental health provider that serve youth, appointed by the President of the Senate;
            (C) one representative from a statewide youth
        
juvenile justice advocacy organization, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
            (D) one representative of an organization that
        
advocates for families and youth with mental illness, appointed by the President of the Senate;
            (E) one representative from an organization with
        
expertise in Medicaid, health care, and juvenile justice, appointed by the President of the Senate;
            (F) one representative from law enforcement,
        
appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;
            (G) one representative from law enforcement from
        
the Crises Intervention Team Training Unit, appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives;
            (H) one representative from the juvenile
        
division of a State's Attorney's office, appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;
            (I) one representative from the juvenile division
        
of a Public Defender's office, appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives;
            (J) one representative from a clinical unit of
        
juvenile community corrections, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
            (K) one representative from an organization that
        
is a comprehensive community-based youth service provider appointed by the House Minority Leader; and
            (L) one representative from a service provider
        
with the Juvenile Redeploy Illinois Program appointed by the Senate Minority Leader.
        (5) The following 4 officials shall serve as
    
ex-officio members:
            (A) one representative from the Department of
        
Human Services Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Program, appointed by the Secretary of Human Services;
            (B) one representative from the Department of
        
Human Services Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services Program, appointed by the Secretary of Human Services;
            (C) the Director of Healthcare and Family
        
Services, or his or her designee; and
            (D) one representative from the Administrative
        
Office of the Illinois Courts, appointed by the Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.
    (b) Members shall serve without compensation and are responsible for the cost of all reasonable and necessary travel expenses connected to Task Force business. The Task Force members shall not be reimbursed by the State for these costs. Task Force members shall be appointed within 60 days after the effective date of this Act. The Task Force shall hold its initial meetings within 60 days after at least 50% of the members have been appointed. The representatives of the organization that advocates for families and youth with mental illness and one of the representatives from an organization with an expertise in Medicaid, health care, and juvenile justice shall serve as co-chairs of the Task Force. At the first meeting of the Task Force, the members shall select a 5 person Steering Committee that includes the co-chairs. The Task Force may establish committees that address specific issues or populations and may appoint individuals with relevant expertise who are not appointed members of the Task Force to serve on committees as needed.
    (c) The Task Force shall:
        (1) develop an action plan for State and local law
    
enforcement and other agencies to divert youth in contact with law enforcement agencies that require mental health treatment into the appropriate health care setting rather than initial or further involvement in the juvenile justice system;
        (2) review existing evidence based models and best
    
practices around diversion opportunities for youth with mental health needs from the point of police contact and initial contact with the juvenile justice system;
        (3) identify existing diversion programs across this
    
State and highlight implemented programs demonstrating positive evidence based outcomes;
        (4) identify all funding sources which can be used
    
towards improving diversion outcomes for youth with mental health needs, including funds controlled by the State, funds controlled by counties, and funding within the health care system;
        (5) identify barriers to the implementation of
    
evidence based diversion models and develop sustainable policies and programs to address these barriers;
        (6) recommend an action plan required by paragraph
    
(1) of this subsection (c) that includes pilot programs and policy changes based on the research required by paragraphs (3), (4), and (5) of this subsection (c) for increasing the number of youth diverted into community-based mental health treatment rather than further engagement with the juvenile justice system; and
        (7) complete and deliver the action plan required by
    
paragraph (1) of this subsection (c) with recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly within one year of the first meeting of the Task Force.
    (d) Upon the completion and delivery of the action plan to the Governor and General Assembly, the Task Force shall be dissolved.
(Source: P.A. 99-894, eff. 1-1-17.)

705 ILCS 415/15

    (705 ILCS 415/15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2018)
    Sec. 15. Repeal. This Act is repealed on December 31, 2018.
(Source: P.A. 99-894, eff. 1-1-17.)