(405 ILCS 49/5)
Children's Mental Health Plan.
(a) The State of Illinois shall develop a Children's Mental Health Plan
containing short-term and long-term recommendations to provide
comprehensive, coordinated mental
health prevention, early intervention, and treatment services for children from
birth through age 18. This Plan
shall include but not be limited to:
(1) Coordinated provider services and interagency
referral networks for children from birth through age 18 to maximize resources and minimize duplication of services.
(2) Guidelines for incorporating social and emotional
development into school learning standards and educational programs, pursuant to Section 15 of this Act.
(3) Protocols for implementing screening and
assessment of children prior to any admission to an inpatient hospital for psychiatric services, pursuant to subsection (a) of Section 5-5.23 of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(4) Recommendations regarding a State budget for
children's mental health prevention, early intervention, and treatment across all State agencies.
(5) Recommendations for State and local mechanisms
for integrating federal, State, and local funding sources for children's mental health.
(6) Recommendations for building a qualified and
adequately trained workforce prepared to provide mental health services for children from birth through age 18 and their families.
(7) Recommendations for facilitating research on best
practices and model programs, and dissemination of this information to Illinois policymakers, practitioners, and the general public through training, technical assistance, and educational materials.
(8) Recommendations for a comprehensive,
multi-faceted public awareness campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness and educate families, the general public, and other key audiences about the benefits of children's social and emotional development, and how to access services.
(9) Recommendations for creating a quality-driven
children's mental health system with shared accountability among key State agencies and programs that conducts ongoing needs assessments, uses outcome indicators and benchmarks to measure progress, and implements quality data tracking and reporting systems.
(b) The Children's Mental Health Partnership (hereafter referred to as "the
Partnership") is created. The Partnership shall have the responsibility of
developing and monitoring the implementation of the Children's Mental
Health Plan as approved by the Governor. The Children's Mental Health
Partnership shall be comprised of: the Secretary of Human Services or his or
her designee; the State Superintendent of Education or his or her
designee; the directors of the departments of Children and Family
Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Public Health, and Juvenile Justice, or their
the head of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, or his or her
designee; the Attorney General or his or her designee; up to 25
representatives of community mental health authorities and statewide mental
health, children and family advocacy,
early childhood, education, health, substance abuse, violence prevention,
and juvenile justice organizations or associations, to be appointed by the
Governor; and 2 members of each caucus of the House of
Representatives and Senate appointed by the Speaker of the House of
Representatives and the President of the Senate, respectively. The
Governor shall appoint the Partnership Chair and shall designate a
Governor's staff liaison to work with the Partnership.
(c) The Partnership shall submit a Preliminary Plan to the Governor on
September 30, 2004 and shall submit the Final Plan on June 30, 2005.
Thereafter, on September 30 of each year, the Partnership shall submit an
annual report to the Governor on the progress of Plan implementation
and recommendations for revisions in the Plan.
The Final Plan and annual reports submitted in subsequent years shall include
estimates of savings achieved in prior fiscal years under subsection (a) of
5-5.23 of the Illinois Public Aid Code and federal financial participation
received under subsection (b) of
Section 5-5.23 of that Code. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall provide
technical assistance in developing these estimates and reports.
(Source: P.A. 94-696, eff. 6-1-06; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)