Official Early Intervention Taskforce Report
Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Bureau of Early Intervention

Formation of the Taskforce

House Joint Resolution (HJR) 50 created the Illinois Part C Early Intervention (EI) Taskforce in response to an identified need for a comprehensive and thorough review of the Part C Early Intervention (EI) Program. The intent of HJR 50 is for the EI Taskforce to make recommendations and action plans to address issues related to workforce, financing, monitoring and evaluation, service delivery, and transitions. HJR 50 recognized that the EI Program had not had a broad review by stakeholders since 2000 and that such a review was necessary to ensure that all eligible children and families are identified and are receiving quality services.

HJR 50 required that the Taskforce issue a report with its recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by July 1, 2010. The report that follows has been prepared to fulfill this requirement.

The Taskforce was comprised of a broad-based group of individuals, including parents of infants and toddlers who are or have participated in the Part C EI Program; advocates who focus on early childhood and early intervention; early intervention, educational and healthcare professionals; and state agency personnel working in early childhood, early intervention, mental health and healthcare programs. A complete Taskforce Membership list is attached.