(20 ILCS 2407/51)
    Sec. 51. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the General Assembly to promote the civil rights of persons with disabilities by providing community-based service for persons with disabilities when such services are determined appropriate and desired, as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act under the United States Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999). In accordance with Section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-171), the purpose of this Act is (i) to identify and reduce barriers or mechanisms, whether in State law, the State Medicaid Plan, the State budget, or otherwise, that prevent or restrict the flexible use of public funds to enable individuals with disabilities to receive support for appropriate and necessary long-term care services in settings of their choice; (ii) to increase the use of home and community-based long-term care services, rather than institutions or long-term care facilities; (iii) to increase the ability of the State Medicaid program to assure continued provision of home and community-based long-term care services to eligible individuals who choose to transition from an institution or a long-term care facility to a community setting; and (iv) to ensure that procedures are in place that are at least comparable to those required under the qualified home and community-based program to provide quality assurance for eligible individuals receiving Medicaid home and community-based long-term care services and to provide for continuous quality improvement in such services. Utilizing the framework created by the "Money Follows the Person" demonstration project, approval received by the State on May 14, 2007, the purpose of this Act is to codify and reinforce the State's commitment to promote individual choice and control and increase utilization of home and community-based services through:
        (a) Increased ability of the State Medicaid program
    
to ensure continued provision of home and community-based long-term care services to eligible individuals who choose to transition from an institution to a community setting.
        (b) Assessment and removal of barriers to community
    
reintegration, including development of a comprehensive housing strategy.
        (c) Expand availability of consumer self-directed
    
service options.
        (d) Increased use of home and community-based
    
long-term care services, rather than institutions or long-term care facilities, such that the percentage of the State long-term care budget expended for community-based services increases from its current 28.5% to at least 37% in the next 5 years.
        (e) Creation and implementation of interagency
    
agreements or budgetary mechanisms to allow for the flexible movement of allocated dollars from institutional budget appropriations to appropriations supporting home and community-based services or Medicaid State Plan options.
        (f) Creation of an equitable, clinically sound and
    
cost-effective system for identification and review of community transition candidates across all long-term care systems; including improvement of prescreening, assessment for rapid reintegration and targeted review of longer stay residents, training and outreach education for providers and consumers on community alternatives across all long-term care systems.
        (g) Development and implementation of data and
    
information systems to track individuals across service systems and funding streams; support responsive eligibility determination; facilitate placement and care decisions; identify individuals with potential for transition; and drive planning for the development of community-based alternatives.
        (h) Establishment of procedures that are at least
    
comparable to those required under the qualified home and community-based program to provide quality assurance for eligible individuals receiving Medicaid home and community-based long-term care services and to provide for continuous quality improvement in such services.
        (i) Nothing in this amendatory Act of the 95th
    
General Assembly shall diminish or restrict the choice of an individual to reside in an institution or the quality of care they receive.
(Source: P.A. 95-438, eff. 1-1-08.)