(325 ILCS 70/10)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
Task Force on Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce for Children and Families.
(a) As used in this Act:
"Child welfare workers" or "staff" means child welfare caseworkers, child welfare specialists, and child welfare specialist supervisors.
"Child welfare services job" mean an employment position as a child welfare caseworker, child welfare specialist, or child welfare specialist supervisor.
(b) The Task Force on Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce for Children and Families is created to do all of the following:
(1) Perform a policy and literature review regarding:
(i) compensation and caseload standards in the field of child welfare; (ii) staff turnover rates; and (iii) the impact compensation, caseload, and staff turnover have on achieving safety and timely permanency for children.
(2) Survey employers in the public and private sector
(A) how many child welfare service jobs exist;
(B) the compensation paid to child welfare
(C) how many child welfare service jobs are
filled and how many are vacant;
(D) how many child welfare service jobs are
filled by persons who have at least 18 months in the position;
(E) the rate of turnover for child welfare
(F) the causes of turnover for child welfare
(3) Conduct a detailed time log analysis for child
welfare workers to determine how much time is available to complete each administrative task and how much time is actually spent to complete each administrative task. The time log analysis shall expressly ask child welfare workers the following question for each administrative task, "Is this task duplicative of one that you have already completed?".
(4) Develop recommendations on how to (i) improve the
recruitment and retention of child welfare workers; and (ii) reduce the turnover rates for child welfare workers.
(c) Members of the Task Force shall include:
(1) 2 members appointed by the Governor;
(2) 2 legislative members appointed by the Speaker of
the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be designated as Co-Chairperson;
(3) 2 legislative members appointed by the Minority
Leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be designated as Co-Chairperson;
(4) 2 legislative members appointed by the President
of the Senate, one of whom shall be designated as Co-Chairperson;
(5) 2 legislative members appointed by the Senate
Minority Leader, one of whom shall be designated as Co-Chairperson;
(6) the Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
Information Authority, or his or her designee;
(7) the Director of Children and Family Services, or
(8) the Director of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity, or his or her designee;
(9) the Principal Investigator for the Child
Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois;
(10) a person appointed by a labor union that
represents State employees;
(11) a current private sector employee appointed by
the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
(12) one person appointed by the Governor who
represents a non-profit, statewide organization that represents private sector child welfare providers; and
(13) 2 persons appointed by the Governor who each
serve as a chief executive officer or chief administrator of a private sector child welfare provider.
(d) The Department of Children and Family Services shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force.
(e) The Department of Children and Family Services shall engage the services of the Children and Family Research Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to aid in the collection, cataloguing, and analysis of child welfare data. Services provided by the Children and Family Research Center as described in this subsection shall conclude when the Task Force submits its final report to the General Assembly and the Governor as required under subsection (h).
(f) The Task Force shall consider contracting with a qualified company, university, or other entity with demonstrated experience studying and improving human resources management.
(g) The Task Force shall meet no less than 6 times.
(h) The Task Force shall submit a preliminary report to the General Assembly and the Governor no later than October 1, 2020, and a final electronic report, along with recommendations and any proposed legislation, to the General Assembly and the Governor by January 1, 2021.
The reports to the General Assembly shall be filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate in electronic form only, in the manner that the Clerk and the Secretary shall direct.
(i) The Task Force is dissolved on January 1, 2022.
(Source: P.A. 100-879, eff. 8-14-18; 101-268, eff. 8-9-19.)