Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that subject to appropriation, the Department of Children and Family Services shall provide a canvas travel or tote bag to all foster youth for the purpose of storing personal belongings. Requires the Department to provide replacement travel or tote bags to all foster youth on an as-needed basis. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that the Community and Residential Services Authority shall have the power and duty to establish a pilot program to act as a residential research hub to research and identify appropriate residential settings for youth who are being housed in an emergency room for more than 72 hours or who are deemed beyond medical necessity in a psychiatric hospital. Provides that if a child is deemed beyond medical necessity in a psychiatric hospital and is in need of residential placement, the program shall require that any State agencies involved report to the Authority. Provides that the Authority shall be added as an equal participant on the Interagency Clinical Team established in the intergovernmental agreement among the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Human Services, the State Board of Education, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Department of Public Health, with consent of the youth or the youth's guardian or family pursuant to the Custody Relinquishment Prevention Act.