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

Program Description

Target

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

Purpose

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

Services

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

SFY06 SFY07 SFY08 SFY09
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $42,423.8 $44,364.4 $43,584.4 $42,928.2
Number of Grantees 116 113 113 114
Number Served 371,500 345,769 342,428 329,658

Program Effectiveness

  • FCM has contributed to the 50 to 70% reduction in the state's infant mortality rate
  • Reduced Medicaid expenditures for medical assistance during the first year of life by nearly 50%
  • Reduced the rate of premature birth by 60 to 70%
  • Participation in WIC and FCM saves Illinois an average of $200 million each year in Medicaid expenses