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Public Act 101-0268


 

Public Act 0268 101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 101-0268
 
HB2723 EnrolledLRB101 07994 KTG 53051 b

    AN ACT concerning children.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce
for Children and Families Act is amended by changing Sections
10 and 15 as follows:
 
    (325 ILCS 70/10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 10. Task Force on Strengthening the Child Welfare
Workforce for Children and Families.
    (a) As used in this Act:
    "Child welfare workers" or "staff" means child welfare
caseworkers, child welfare specialists, and child welfare
specialist supervisors.
    "Child welfare services job" mean an employment position as
a child welfare caseworker, child welfare specialist, or child
welfare specialist supervisor.
    (b) The Task Force on Strengthening the Child Welfare
Workforce for Children and Families is created to do all of the
following:
        (1) Perform a policy and literature review regarding:
    (i) compensation and caseload standards in the field of
    child welfare; (ii) staff turnover rates; and (iii) the
    impact compensation, caseload, and staff turnover have on
    achieving safety and timely permanency for children.
        (2) Survey employers in the public and private sector
    to determine:
            (A) how many child welfare service jobs exist;
            (B) the compensation paid to child welfare
        workers;
            (C) how many child welfare service jobs are filled
        and how many are vacant;
            (D) how many child welfare service jobs are filled
        by persons who have at least 18 months in the position;
            (E) the rate of turnover for child welfare workers;
        and
            (F) the causes of turnover for child welfare
        workers.
        (3) Conduct a detailed time log analysis for child
    welfare workers to determine how much time is available to
    complete each administrative task and how much time is
    actually spent to complete each administrative task. The
    time log analysis shall expressly ask child welfare workers
    the following question for each administrative task, "Is
    this task duplicative of one that you have already
    completed?".
        (4) Develop recommendations on how to (i) improve the
    recruitment and retention of child welfare workers; and
    (ii) reduce the turnover rates for child welfare workers.
    (c) Members of the Task Force shall include:
        (1) 2 members appointed by the Governor;
        (2) 2 legislative members appointed by the Speaker of
    the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be
    designated as Co-Chairperson;
        (3) 2 legislative members appointed by the Minority
    Leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall
    be designated as Co-Chairperson;
        (4) 2 legislative members appointed by the President of
    the Senate, one of whom shall be designated as
    Co-Chairperson;
        (5) 2 legislative members appointed by the Senate
    Minority Leader, one of whom shall be designated as
    Co-Chairperson;
        (6) the Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
    Information Authority, or his or her designee;
        (7) the Director of Children and Family Services, or
    his or her designee;
        (8) the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,
    or his or her designee;
        (9) the Principal Investigator for the Child
    Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois;
        (10) a person appointed by a labor union that
    represents State employees;
        (11) a current private sector employee appointed by the
    Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
        (12) one person appointed by the Governor who
    represents a person representing a non-profit, statewide
    organization that represents private sector child welfare
    providers; and .
        (13) 2 persons appointed by the Governor who each serve
    as a chief executive officer or chief administrator of a
    private sector child welfare provider.
    (d) The Department of Children and Family Services Children
and Family Research Center of the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign shall provide administrative and other
support to the Task Force.
    (e) The Department of Children and Family Services shall
engage the services of the Children and Family Research Center
of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The
Department of Children and Family Services shall engage the
services of a university-based consultant to aid in the
collection, cataloguing, and analysis of child welfare data.
Services provided by the Children and Family Research Center as
described in this subsection and whose services shall conclude
when the Task Force submits its final report to the General
Assembly and the Governor as required under subsection (h).
    (f) The Task Force shall consider contracting with a
qualified company, university, or other entity with
demonstrated experience studying and improving human resources
management.
    (g) The Task Force shall meet no less than 6 times.
    (h) The Task Force shall submit a preliminary report to the
General Assembly and the Governor no later than October 1, 2020
2019, and a final electronic report, along with recommendations
and any proposed legislation, to the General Assembly and the
Governor by January 1, 2021 2020.
    The reports to the General Assembly shall be filed with the
Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the
Senate in electronic form only, in the manner that the Clerk
and the Secretary shall direct.
    (i) The Task Force is dissolved on January 1, 2022 2021.
(Source: P.A. 100-879, eff. 8-14-18.)
 
    (325 ILCS 70/15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 15. Repeal. This Act is repealed on January 1, 2022
2021.
(Source: P.A. 100-879, eff. 8-14-18.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/9/2019