Sen. Dan Kotowski

Filed: 3/9/2015





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 653 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is amended
5by adding Section 21.2 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 505/21.2 new)
7    Sec. 21.2. Child welfare training academy.
8    The Department shall establish a child welfare training
9academy for child protective investigators and supervisors
10employed by the Department or its contractors.
11    The training efforts of the child welfare training academy
12shall include, but shall not be limited to, establishing:
13        (1) training curricula on recognizing and responding
14    to cases of child abuse or neglect;
15        (2) cultural competency training that provides tools
16    and other supports to ensure that a child welfare



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1    provider's response to and engagement with families and
2    children of color are conducted or provided in a manner
3    that is responsive to the beliefs, interpersonal styles,
4    attitudes, language, and behaviors of the individuals who
5    are receiving services, and are conducted or provided in a
6    manner that has the greatest likelihood of ensuring maximum
7    success of or participation in the child welfare program or
8    services being provided;
9        (3) laboratory training facilities that include mock
10    houses, mock medical facilities, mock courtrooms, and mock
11    forensic interview rooms that allow for simulated,
12    interactive, and intensive training; and
13        (4) minimum standards of competence that a person shall
14    be required to demonstrate prior to receiving
15    certification from the Department.
16    By January 1, 2016, the Department shall adopt rules for
17the administration of the child welfare training academy that
18not only establish statewide competence, assessment, and
19training standards for persons providing child welfare
20services, but that also ensure that persons who provide child
21welfare services have the knowledge, skills, professionalism,
22and abilities to make decisions that keep children safe and
24    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
25becoming law.".