Family Case Management (FCM)
Bureau of Maternal & Child Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Low income families (below 200% of the federal poverty level) with a pregnant woman, an infant or a child with a high-risk condition.


The program's goals are to help women have healthy babies and to reduce the rates of infant mortality and very low birth weight.


The program conducts outreach activities to inform expectant women and new mothers of available services and then assists them with obtaining prenatal and well-child care. The program works with community agencies to address barriers to accessing medical services, such as child care, transportation, housing, food, mental health needs and substance abuse services.

Delivery Method

Services are provided statewide through local health departments, federally qualified health centers and community-based organizations. Home visits by a public health nurse are provided to the families of infants with medical problems.

Program Data

SFY07 SFY08 SFY09 SFY 10
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $44,364.4 $43,584.4 $42,928.2 $41,909.6
Number of Grantees 113 113 114 115
Number Served 345,769 342,428 329,658 312,389

Program Effectiveness

Family Case Management has contributed to the overall reduction in the state's infant mortality and has reduced expenditures for medical assistance during the first year of life. Program outcomes are more effective in the integrated system of Family Case Management and WIC. Recent statistics show:

  • The infant mortality rate is 50 to 70% lower
  • The rate of premature birth is 60 to 70% lower
  • Medicaid expenditures for health care in the first year of life are up to 50% lower
  • Participation in WIC and FCM saves Illinois an average of $200 million each year in Medicaid expenses