(325 ILCS 5/8.2)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2058.2)
If the Child Protective Service Unit determines, following
an investigation made pursuant to Section 7.4 of this Act, that there is
credible evidence that the child is abused or neglected, the Department
shall assess the family's need for services, and, as necessary, develop,
with the family, an appropriate service plan for the family's voluntary
acceptance or refusal. In any case where there is evidence that the
perpetrator of the abuse or neglect has a substance use disorder as defined in the Substance Use Disorder Act, the Department, when
making referrals for drug or alcohol abuse services, shall make such referrals
to facilities licensed by the Department of Human Services or the Department
of Public Health. The Department shall comply with Section 8.1 by explaining
its lack of legal authority to compel the acceptance of services and may
explain its concomitant authority to petition the Circuit court
under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 or refer the case to the local law
enforcement authority or State's attorney for criminal prosecution.
For purposes of this Act, the term "family preservation services"
refers to all services
to help families, including adoptive and extended families. Family
preservation services shall be
offered, where safe and appropriate,
to prevent the placement of children in substitute
care when the children can be cared for at home or in the custody of the
person responsible for the children's welfare without endangering the
children's health or safety, to reunite them with their
families if so placed when reunification
is an appropriate goal, or to maintain an adoptive placement. The term
"homemaker" includes emergency caretakers, homemakers, caretakers,
housekeepers and chore services. The term "counseling" includes individual
therapy, infant stimulation therapy, family therapy, group therapy,
self-help groups, drug and alcohol abuse counseling, vocational counseling
and post-adoptive services. The term "day care" includes protective day
care and day care to meet educational, prevocational or vocational needs.
The term "emergency assistance and advocacy" includes coordinated services
to secure emergency cash, food, housing and medical assistance or advocacy
for other subsistence and family protective needs.
Before July 1, 2000, appropriate family preservation services shall, subject
to appropriation, be included in the service plan if the Department has
determined that those services will ensure the child's health and safety, are
in the child's best interests, and will not place the child in imminent risk of
harm. Beginning July 1, 2000, appropriate family preservation services shall
be uniformly available throughout the State. The Department shall promptly
notify children and families of the Department's responsibility to offer and
provide family preservation services as identified in the service plan. Such
plans may include but are not limited to: case management services; homemakers;
counseling; parent education; day care; emergency assistance and advocacy
assessments; respite care; in-home health care; transportation to obtain any of
the above services; and medical assistance. Nothing in this paragraph shall be
construed to create a private right of action or claim on the part of any
individual or child welfare agency, except that when a child is the subject of an action under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and the child's service plan calls for services to facilitate achievement of the permanency goal, the court hearing the action under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 may order the Department to provide the services set out in the plan, if those services are not provided with reasonable promptness and if those services are available.
Each Department field office shall maintain on a local basis
directories of services available to children and families in the local
area where the Department office is located.
The Department shall refer children and families served
pursuant to this Section to private agencies and governmental agencies,
Incentives that discourage or reward a decision to provide family preservation services after a report is indicated or a decision to refer a child for the filing of a petition under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 are strictly prohibited and shall not be included in any contract, quality assurance, or performance review process. Incentives include, but are not limited to, monetary benefits, contingencies, and enhanced or diminished performance reviews for individuals or agencies.
Any decision regarding whether to provide family preservation services after an indicated report or to refer a child for the filing of a petition under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall be based solely on the child's health, safety, and best interests and on any applicable law. If a difference of opinion exists between a private agency and the Department regarding whether to refer for the filing of a petition under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the case shall be referred to the Deputy Director of Child Protection for review and determination.
Any Department employee responsible for reviewing contracts or program plans who is aware of a violation of this Section shall immediately refer the matter to the Inspector General of the Department.
Where there are 2 equal proposals from both a not-for-profit and a
for-profit agency to provide services, the Department shall give preference
to the proposal from the not-for-profit agency.
No service plan shall compel any child or parent to engage in any
activity or refrain from any activity which is not reasonably related to
remedying a condition or conditions that gave rise or which could give rise
to any finding of child abuse or neglect.
(Source: P.A. 100-759, eff. 1-1-19; 101-528, eff. 8-23-19.)