(3) One representative of the Division of Mental Health
within the Department of Human Services.
(4) One representative of the Department of Healthcare
and Family Services.
(5) One representative of the Bureau of Long Term Care
within the Department of Public Health.
(6) One representative of the Illinois Children's
Mental Health Partnership.
(7) Six representatives of the mental health providers
and community stakeholders selected from names submitted
by associates representing the various types of providers.
(8) Three representatives of the consumer community
including a primary consumer, secondary consumer, and a
representative of a mental health consumer advocacy
(9) An individual from a union representing State
employees providing services to persons with mental
(10) One academic specialist in mental health
outcomes, research, and evidence-based practices.
(d) Duty. The Task Force shall meet with the Office of the
Governor and the appropriate legislative committees on mental
health to develop a 5-year comprehensive strategic plan for the
State's mental health services. The plan shall address the
(1) Provide sufficient home and community-based
services to give consumers real options in care settings.
(2) Improve access to care.
(3) Reduce regulatory redundancy.
(4) Maintain financial viability for providers in a
cost-effective manner to the State.
(5) Ensure care is effective, efficient, and
appropriate regardless of the setting in which it is
(6) Ensure quality of care in all care settings via the
use of appropriate clinical outcomes.
(7) Ensure hospitalizations and institutional care,
when necessary, is available to meet demand now and in the
(e) The Task Force shall work in conjunction with the
Department of Human Services' Division of Developmental
Disabilities to ensure effective treatment for those dually
diagnosed with both mental illness and developmental
disabilities. The Task Force shall also work in conjunction
with the Department of Human Services' Division of Alcohol and
Substance Abuse to ensure effective treatment for those who are
dually diagnosed with both mental illness as well as substance
(f) Compensation. Members of the Task Force shall not
receive compensation nor reimbursement for necessary expenses
incurred in performing the duties associated with the Task
(g) Reporting. The Task Force shall present its plan to the
Governor and the General Assembly no later than 18 months after
the effective date of the amendatory Act of the 97th General
Assembly. With its approval and authorization, and subject to
appropriation, the Task Force shall convene quarterly meetings
during the implementation of the 5-year strategic plan to
monitor progress, review outcomes, and make ongoing
recommendations. These ongoing recommendations shall be
presented to the Governor and the General Assembly for
feedback, suggestions, support, and approval. Within one year
after recommendations are presented to the Governor and the
General Assembly, the General Assembly shall vote on whether
the recommendations should become law.
(h) Administrative support. The Department of Human
Services shall provide administrative and staff support to the
(i) This Section is repealed on December 31, 2019.
This Act takes effect upon