Division of Family & Community Services
Illinois Department of Human Services
Low income families (below 200% of the federal poverty level) with a pregnant woman, an infant or a child with a high-risk condition.
Income eligible (200% of poverty) pregnant women, infants and children up to the age of 3. Medical case management for DCFS wards 0-5 is a component.
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.
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.
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Family Case Management has contributed to 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, and
- Participation in WIC and FCM saves Illinois an average of $200 million each year in Medicaid expenses.