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 Bill Status of HB2944  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  MIND STRONG ACT

House Sponsors
Rep. Barbara Hernandez, Deb Conroy, Lindsey LaPointe, Elizabeth Hernandez, Natalie A. Manley, Maurice A. West, II, Aaron M. Ortiz, Margaret Croke, Kelly M. Cassidy, Jonathan Carroll and Daniel Didech

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/23/2021HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Mind Strong Act. Requires the Department of Public Health, or a third party contractor with experience in successful public education and awareness campaigns selected by the Department of Public Health, to develop and lead a 2-year educational campaign within each of Illinois' 11 health regions on the availability of adult mobile crisis response services within each region. Requires the Department to work in collaboration with community stakeholders, including certain organizations, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Department of Human Services. Requires the public awareness campaign to begin no later than January 1, 2022. Sets forth certain requirements for the public awareness campaign, including that it be culturally competent and that any written materials be written in plain, easy-to-understand language and available in multiple languages that are representative of the communities in a particular health region. Lists the types of organizations that must be the focus of the educational campaign. Requires the Department of Human Services to establish, subject to appropriation, a grant program for adult mobile crisis response services to any adult age 18 or older experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis regardless of insurance status. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to develop and implement training and protocols for individuals answering crisis calls to the Crisis and Referral Entry Services (CARES) line. Contains provisions concerning the use of data to strengthen CARES line responses and adult mobile crisis response services, and other matters. Requires the Departments of Public Health, Human Services, and Healthcare and Family Services to adopt rules to implement the Act. Effective immediately.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Mind Strong Act. Requires the Department of Public Health, or a third party contractor with experience in successful public education and awareness campaigns selected by the Department of Public Health, to develop and lead a 2-year educational campaign within each of Illinois' 11 health regions on the availability of adult mobile crisis response services within each region and how to access such services. Requires the Department to develop and implement this public awareness and educational campaign in collaboration with community stakeholders, including certain organizations, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Department of Human Services. Requires the public awareness campaign to begin no later than January 1, 2022 and to take into account crisis services, if any. Sets forth certain requirements for the public awareness campaign, including that it be culturally competent and that any written materials be written in plain, easy-to-understand language and available in multiple languages that are representative of the communities in a particular health region. Lists the types of stakeholders that shall be included as partner-stakeholders in the development of the campaign. Requires the Department of Human Services to establish, subject to appropriation, a grant program for the purposes of providing adult mobile crisis response services to any adult age 18 or older experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis regardless of insurance status. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to develop and implement training and protocols for individuals answering crisis calls to the Crisis and Referral Entry Services (CARES) line. Contains provisions concerning the use of data to strengthen CARES line responses and adult mobile crisis response services, and other matters. Requires the Departments of Public Health, Human Services, and Healthcare and Family Services to adopt rules to implement the Act. Effective immediately.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/18/2021HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Barbara Hernandez
  2/19/2021HouseFirst Reading
  2/19/2021HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Deb Conroy
  2/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Lindsey LaPointe
  3/9/2021HouseAssigned to Mental Health & Addiction Committee
  3/19/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Barbara Hernandez
  3/19/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
  3/23/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Mental Health & Addiction Committee
  3/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Natalie A. Manley
  3/25/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Maurice A. West, II
  3/26/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz
  3/26/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Mental Health & Addiction Committee; by Voice Vote
  3/26/2021HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Mental Health & Addiction Committee; 016-000-000
  4/8/2021HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  4/21/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Margaret Croke
  4/21/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
  4/21/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Jonathan Carroll
  4/21/2021HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/21/2021HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  4/22/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Didech
  4/23/2021HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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