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HB0616 Engrossed                               LRB9102513DJcd

 1        AN  ACT  to  amend the Community Services Act by changing
 2    Section 4.

 3        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:

 5        Section  5.   The  Community  Services  Act is amended by
 6    changing Section 4 as follows:

 7        (405 ILCS 30/4) (from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 904)
 8        Sec. 4.  Financing for Community Services. The Department
 9    of  Human  Services  is  authorized  to   provide   financial
10    assistance    to    eligible   private   service   providers,
11    corporations,  local   government   entities   or   voluntary
12    associations  for  the  provision of services to persons with
13    mental illness, persons with a developmental  disability  and
14    alcohol  and  drug  dependent persons living in the community
15    for the purpose of achieving the goals of this Act.
16        The  Department  shall  utilize  the  following   funding
17    mechanisms for community services:
18             (1)  Purchase  of Care Contracts: services purchased
19        on a predetermined fee per unit  of  service  basis  from
20        private  providers  or  governmental  entities.  Fee  per
21        service  rates  are  set  by an established formula which
22        covers some portion of  personnel,  supplies,  and  other
23        allowable  costs,  and  which  makes  some  allowance for
24        geographic variations in costs as well as for  additional
25        program components.
26             (2)  Grants:  sums  of  money  which  the Department
27        grants to  private  providers  or  governmental  entities
28        pursuant  to  the  grant recipient's agreement to provide
29        certain  services,  as  defined  by  departmental   grant
30        guidelines,   to   an   approximate   number  of  service
31        recipients. Grant levels are set through consideration of
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 1        personnel, supply and other allowable costs, as  well  as
 2        other funds available to the program.
 3             (3)  Other  Funding Arrangements: funding mechanisms
 4        may be established on a pilot basis in order  to  examine
 5        the feasibility of alternative financing arrangements for
 6        the provision of community services.
 7        The  annual  appropriation  to  the  Department  of Human
 8    Services to fund community services for  the  developmentally
 9    disabled  and  the  mentally  ill  must  include a percentage
10    increase for  the  wages  of  direct  care  workers  that  is
11    equivalent  to  the  Employment Cost Index for Health Service
12    Occupations.  The increases for direct care workers  must  be
13    in  addition  to any increases that are attributable to other
14    factors, including  general  cost  of  living  increases  for
15    community services.  The increases in wages that are based on
16    the   Employment  Cost  Index  for  direct  care  workers  in
17    community settings must be applied to appropriations  to  the
18    Department  beginning  July  1,  1999,  for State fiscal year
19    2000, and thereafter for State fiscal years  2001  and  2002.
20    Each  provider agency must certify to the Department that any
21    increase appropriated pursuant to this paragraph will be used
22    in its entirety to provide  wage  increases  to  direct  care
23    workers.
24        The  Department shall strive to establish and maintain an
25    equitable system of payment  which  encourages  providers  to
26    improve  their  clients'  capabilities  for  independence and
27    reduces  their  reliance  on  community   or   State-operated
28    services.   In  accepting  Department  funds, providers shall
29    recognize their  responsibility  to  be  accountable  to  the
30    Department  and  the State for the delivery of services which
31    are consistent with the philosophies and goals  of  this  Act
32    and the rules and regulations promulgated under it.
33    (Source: P.A. 88-380; 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)
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 1        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
 2    becoming law.

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