Bureau of Childhood Development
The Bureau of Childhood Development administers community-based prevention and intervention programs to strengthen capacity of children, adolescents, women and men to make healthy decisions, utilize support systems, access opportunities, and achieve self-sufficiency. Program definitions are as follows:
All Our Kids Network Early Childhood Network (AOK) - The Provider will work with the Department to develop a community-based system of health and human services for families with young children, birth to eight years old
Parents Care and Share - The mission of the Parents Care and Share program is to prevent child abuse and neglect through a statewide network of semi-self help support groups for parents and caregivers of children. The Provider will maintain Parents Care and Share chapters across the state; recruit, train and maintain program volunteers; conduct outreach activities; and conduct other activities as negotiated with the Department.
Project LAUNCH - Illinois Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) is a grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which seeks to promote the wellness of young children birth to age eight. Using a public health approach, Project LAUNCH focuses on improving the systems that serve young children and address their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral growth. Illinois is one of 24 SAMHSA funded states. Illinois Project LAUNCH will work on the west side of Chicago over five years to test evidence-based practices, improve collaboration among child-serving organizations, and integrate physical and mental health services and supports for children and their families. Lessons learned from these communities will guide state level systems change and policy development.
Responsible Parenting - The Responsible Parenting program helps adolescent mothers to delay subsequent pregnancies, consistently and effectively practice birth control, continue their schooling to high school graduation, develop parenting skills and cope with the social and emotional problems related to pregnancy and parenting and to ensure that the teen and her child are healthy and prepared for school.
Youth Opportunity - The Youth Opportunity Program assists low-income youth in selected Chicago high schools to complete high school, develop career interests and employment skills through job placement. These goals will be accomplished through intensive case management/counseling in the schools, career awareness programs, job readiness training and ultimately job placement.
II. Policies and Procedures
Subject to Department review and approval, providers will maintain and adhere to written policies and procedures for at the least the following elements.
- The characteristics of the population targeted for services, including at a minimum geographic area, age, race, ethnicity, language and income. Programs must at a minimum adhere to the following eligibility criteria:
- HFI - determined through either the eligibility screen or Family Stress Checklist to be at risk for child abuse and/or neglect
- NFP - first-time parents at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level
- PAT - parents at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level
- Identification and referral of potentially eligible participants within the following time frames:
- HFI - Prenatally or within two weeks of birth
- NFP - Prenatally, prior to the 28th week of gestation
- PAT - Prenatally or prior to the child's first birth date
III. Contact and Amendment Process
The contract between the Department and the Provider is generally referred to as the Agreement and consists of several parts:
- Community Service Agreement, containing the standard contract language used for all Department contracts
- Exhibit A, containing Scope of Services/Purpose of Grant
- Exhibit B, containing Deliverables
- Exhibit C, containing Payment Information
- Exhibit D, containing Contact Information
- Exhibit E, containing Performance Measures
- Exhibit F, containing Performance Standards
- Exhibit G, containing State Agency Contracts
- Attachment E
- The Program Manual, attached by reference to the Agreement, contains the program service provisions.
The Department will initiate the contract by having it online for the Provider to obtain and sign. The Provider will fax signature page to the Department to obtain the Secretary's signature and the Department will return a copy of the executed signature page of the contract to the Provider via pdf email.
There are two types of amendments to an executed Community Service Agreement.
- Letters of increase or decrease - A letter is sent to the Provider stating the intent to increase or decrease dollars to specific program services existing in the Community Service Agreement. There is no need for the Provider to sign and return this document.
- Formal amendments - A two-party signed agreement to an executed Agreement is a formal amendment. The following process is required for a formal amendment to be processed:
- Adding new program services - An amendment to add a new program service must contain a detailed summary of services to be provided under the executed Community Services Agreement and a method of payment.
- Extending the service dates of the Community Services Agreement* - An amendment to extend the service dates of the Community Services Agreement must contain the following information: Agreement number as it appears on the original Community Services Agreement; Provider name; clause stating the new term of the Agreement; signatures of the Provider and the Secretary of the Department of Human Services. *NOTE: A Community Services Agreement end date should be June 30, due to mandates in the State Finance Act regarding audit period. Language on pages one through nine in the Community Services Agreement may not be changed
- Extending the service dates of an existing program attachment - An amendment to extend the date of a specific attachment in the existing Community Services Agreement must contain the following information: Agreement number as it appears on the original Community Services Agreement; Provider name; clause stating the new term and the specific attachment name and number; signatures of the Provider and the Secretary of the Department of Human Services.
- Changing language within an existing program attachment - An amendment to change language in an existing program attachment of the Community Services Agreement must contain the following information: Agreement number as it appears on the Community Services Agreement; Provider name; clause(s) stating the new language; signatures of the Provider and the Secretary of the Department of Human Services
- Payments to the Provider will be made on a prospective basis, rounded to the nearest $100.00. The final prospective payment may be greater or lesser than the previous payments due to rounding.
- The Department will compare the amount of the prospective payments made to date with the documented expenditures provided to the Department by the Provider. In the event the documented services provided by the Provider do not justify the level of award being provided to the Provider, future payments may be withheld or reduced until such time as the services documentation provided by the Provider equals the amounts previously provided to the Provider. Failure of the Provider to provide timely documentation may result in a reduction to the total award.
- The final payment from the Department under this Agreement shall be made upon the Department's determination that all requirements under this Agreement have been completed, which determination shall not be unreasonably withheld. Such final payment will be subject to adjustment after the completion of a review of the Provider's records as provided in the Agreement.
- The Department may provide a staffing formula for the program.
V. Provider Responsibilities
All Our Kids Network
- The Provider will work with the Department to develop a community-based system of health and human services for pregnant women, children birth to five years old and their parents/caregivers.
- The Provider will hire one (1.0) FTE local All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Network Coordinator to develop and maintain a community collaboration (the AOK Network) representing local agencies, organizations, and individuals with interests and services for pregnant women and families with young children within the geographically assigned area.
- The Provider will promote the professional development and provide support to the local AOK coordinator in any of the following ways:
- attend training together
- respond to funder requests for information
- provide assessment and planning support
- cover for coordinator during any leaves of absence
- The Provider will provide a copy of the program budget to the AOK State Coordinator during the first month of the contract period.
- The Provider will furnish quarterly expenditure documentation forms (EDF) to the Department and a copy to the AOK State Coordinator.
- The provider will submit mandatory reports by the due dates to update the Department on the network's progress on the local strategic initiatives identified on the strategic plan.
- The provider will participate in process and outcome evaluation services provided by the designated contractor as determined necessary by the Department.
- It is an expectation of the grant that health department Administrators/Directors and on-site supervisors of AOK coordinators attend an annual AOK update meeting.
- Local Network Coordinator's Qualifications
- The AOK Network Coordinator is charged with leading the local 0-5 community through a planning and implementation process to improve the system of care for all families with young children. To perform this systems building work, a coordinator must possess the following qualifications and experiences:
- Understanding and familiarity with the various sectors of the 0-5 service community (i.e., maternal and child health, early intervention, early care and education, mental health, prevention services)
- Understanding of local community assessment processes
- Strategic planning skill
- Data analysis
- Collaboration building skills and experience
- Group facilitation skill
- Leadership development skill
- Understanding of systems development
- Program development and management skills
- Local Network Coordinator's Responsibilities
- Establish and maintain a community collaboration (the Network) representing all sectors of the early childhood development system and individuals with interest and services for families with young children to work on improving access, equity, quality, and capacity of local service delivery by developing and implementing strategic initiatives that incorporate system-building strategies such as, but are not limited to:
- Public Information and Education;
- Early Identification;
- Information and Referral;
- Coordination of Care;
- Workforce Development;
- Parents as Leaders
- Conduct, every five years in conjunction with the local IPLAN, a mandatory planned community assessment utilizing primary and secondary data sources to identify a minimum of three local strategic initiatives to be addressed over the next five years resulting in annual plans to be approved by IDHS.
- Utilize local primary and secondary data to monitor and evaluate progress on strategic initiatives.
- Conduct self assessments to include the Wilder survey, local coordinator questionnaire, parent and provider surveys provided by Department and submit as indicated.
- Engage parents/caregivers involvement in the Network through periodic parent cafes, parent boards, parent councils, participation in Network meetings and community events, written surveys, and public education campaigns.
- Participate in all mandatory statewide meetings with the Department held three times a parent; attend AOK sponsored regional trainings, teleconferences and webinars; promote the experience and lessons learned of the AOK initiative at state or national conferences, and attend professional development opportunities recommended by the Department.
- Develop and maintain resource directories/cards with an inventory of local early childhood services (and related services to families with children from birth to five) and post on the Network's local webpage at (www.aoknetworks.org); updating this information bi-annually.
- Participate in a statewide AOK Network effort to promote children's mental health public awareness by connecting with the National SAMHSA website at (www.samhsa.gov/children) for resources and conducting local events to address children's mental health issues/topics that are specific to your community. (These events may include open houses, health fairs, in-service trainings, etc.)
- Update quarterly the Network's local webpage on the AOK website at (www.aoknetworks.org) by providing information such as network accomplishments, community events and resources, AOK meeting minutes, and posting meeting dates on the AOK website calendar.
Parents Care and Share
- Services - The Provider will maintain Parents Care and Share chapters across the state; recruit, train and maintain program volunteers; conduct outreach activities; and conduct other activities to be negotiated with the Department.
- Reports - Within six months after the inception and within 45 calendar days after the end of the Attachment period, the Provider will submit to the Department a narrative report of the activities provided by the Provider. Such reports shall include, but not be limited to:
- a description of activities related to volunteer recruitment, training and maintenance
- a summary of the number of local chapters and the number of participants, and
- a description of outreach activities completed.
- Service Area: Service areas covered by this grant include North and South Lawndale and East and West Garfield Park providers and families.
- The Provider will be a part of collection activities as specified by State and Local Coordinators as needed for the Project Evaluation Plan
- The Provider is responsible for accurate monitoring employees hired to implement any activities for the grant. The Provider agrees to be fully liable for the truth, accuracy and completeness of all reporting. Any submittal of false or fraudulent reports or any concealment of a material fact shall be cause for immediate termination and may be prosecuted under applicable federal and state laws.
- The Provider shall provide information specified by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to the client's medical care provider and managed care entity to ensure care.
- Quality Assurance:
- The Provider shall maintain a quality assurance process and shall submit to the Department an updated Quality Assurance Plan.
- The Department, or its designee, will monitor the delivery of project activities through site visits and meetings.
- Training: The Provider shall attend all Local and State Council (and A Team meetings and trainings) as identified by the State and Local Coordinators for their perspective areas.
- Performance Standards: The Provider must meet the Performance Standards as required by the Federal funder SAMHSA.
- Program Goals: The Provider will work toward meeting the following program goals:
- Mental Health ConsultatioN
- Home Visiting and Referral
- Developmental Assessment
- EDOPC Trainings
- Family Strengthening and Leadership
- Measurement of Performance: The performance of an Environmental Scan and Strategic Plan will be monitored respectively by State and Local Coordinators for their perspective jurisdictions.
- Penalties for Failure to Meet Performance Standards: The Department may impose sanctions for lack of performance to include:
- The Provider will be placed on Provisional Certification (pursuant to the Maternal and Child Health Services Code) if the Provider fails to meet all standards as set forth in the Performance Standards presented above for three consecutive months. Provisional Certification can occur at any time during the full certification period if performance standards are not met. The Provider may be placed on Provisional Certification if the standards set forth in the Maternal and Child Health Code are not met
- If placed on Provisional Certification, the Provider must submit to the Department a written corrective action plan within thirty (30) calendar days of notification of the provisional certification.
- If placed on Provisional Certification, the Provider must submit quarterly reports to the Department on progress toward the corrective action. If, in the opinion of the Department, sufficient progress is not made toward fulfilling the corrective action plan, monthly reports will be required
- If the Provider fails to meet required standards or fails to submit or adequately perform a corrective action plan, the Provider may face loss of funds through termination for cause or non-renewal of this Agreement.
- If the Provider fails to achieve full Certification status for two consecutive periods, the Provider may face termination of this Agreement.
- Legal Actions:
- Any action of law, suit in equity, or judicial proceeding for the enforcement of this Agreement or any provision thereof, shall be instituted only in federal and state courts in the County of Sangamon, State of Illinois
- In the event that the Department shall bring suit or action to compel performance of or to recover for any breach of any stipulation, covenant, or condition of this Agreement, the Provider shall and will pay to the Department such attorney's fees as the court may adjudge reasonable in addition to the amount of the judgment and costs.
- In the event that any demand or claim is made, or suit is commenced, against any party to this Agreement, that party will give written notice thereof within ten (10) working days to the other parties. Each party shall have the right to compromise or defend itself to the extent of its own interests.
- Project LAUNCH Strategies and Activities
- Activities - Project LAUNCH Strategies and Activities are to be provided by the Provider which includes the activities, as described in the Handbook, Strategic Plan and Logic Model.
- Exclusions - Not Applicable
- Performance Standards - The Provider will provide services to communities covered (North and South Lawndale, East and West Garfield Parks), in accordance with SAMHSA program standards and local Strategic Plan and Logic Model.
- The Local Council and State Council Coordinators will receive regular evaluation reports from the local evaluator before submitting to online federal TRAC system, Portal or yearly evaluation to SAMHSA.
- The Providers will assist in collecting local data for various activities including submitting sign-in sheets, and surveys for providers and families participating in program activities.
- Services - The Provider shall provide the following services year round, including, but not limited to:
- weekly parent group meetings and/or individual contacts
- parenting and coping skills education
- immunization, EPSDT, and screening for developmental delay compliance
- education on family planning including abstinence education, and reduction of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, delay subsequent pregnancy
- activities to develop positive parent/child interaction
- monitoring of below post-secondary school progress, and
- career planning services
- The Provider shall submit both a quarterly program report and the "Teen Parent Program Common Outcomes Reporting Tool" to the Department no later than 30 days after the end of each quarter. A program plan and spending plan must also be submitted. Report format and due date for submission will be determined by the Department.
- The Provider must report to the program manager all staff, service site address, phone, fax or any e-mail address changes within five (5) days of occurrence.
- Performance Standards - The Provider must meet performance standards which will be established by the Department and sent to Providers in a separate document.
- The Provider shall conduct a Youth Opportunity Program including the following components:
- Counseling/Case Management
- Career Awareness (including a Career Inventory Assessment
- Job Readiness Training
- Job Placement, Retention and Follow-up
- Life Skills Development (including pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, STI, and ATOD abuse prevention)
- The Provider shall recruit and retain a minimum number of students as defined by the Department.
- The Provider shall submit a narrative progress report of its activities by component each quarter of the state fiscal year; and a quarterly report, for the school, of the number of students recruited for the program, entering the program, active in the program, dropped out of the program; and an unduplicated count of students for each school for each month of the year. Reports are due no later than 15 days following the close of each quarter. For the schools funded by the Donated Funds Initiative, the Provider shall also provide the monthly number of service units. Reports are due at least 15 days following the close of the quarter.
- When available, the Provider shall report the active Youth Opportunity student drop out rate compared to the School Report Card for all Youth Opportunity schools. The Provider rate is expected to be 25% lower than the combined school averages.
- The Provider shall provide annual statistical reports to document the number of students recruited and retained and the items in IV. D.
- The Provider shall be responsible for ensuring that adequate controls exist, which will ensure accuracy, completeness, and a separate accounting for all grant funds.
- The Provider shall maintain individual records on all persons served within the program.
- The Provider shall submit a quarterly program report, a program spending plan quarterly, a program plan and an annual report to the Department no later than 30 days after then end of each quarter. Report format to be determined by the Department.
- For Programs Using Cornerstone
- The agency must purchase and maintain a business class contract with an Internet Provider Service (ISP).
- Interruption of communication and/or connectivity must be reported within 24 hours to the agency's ISP and the Cornerstone Service Desk.
- Cornerstone User access must be approved and terminated by an appropriate section manager responsible for Cornerstone security management within the Cornerstone agency.
- Security training is required before Cornerstone users are allowed access to the system and annually thereafter
- Reasonable action, due care, and due diligence must be taken to prevent inappropriate use, disclosure, destruction or theft of Cornerstone-designated IT resources. Reasonable actions include but are not limited to prevention, detective and corrective measures such as encryption, anti-viral software and application of security patches.
- Disclosure of Cornerstone information is restricted only to authorized parties and in a manner consistent with the form of data classification.
- Cornerstone-designated IT resources must for approved use only. Approved use is limited to authorized users, sanctioned Cornerstone business and job responsibility.
- Only approved software and hardware are authorized to be loaded on Cornerstone-owned IT resources:
- Users are not authorized to run software that has not been approved by Cornerstone technical staff.
- Users are not authorized to attach hardware not approved by Cornerstone technical staff including but not limited to modems or non-Cornerstone-designated IT resources such as portable computers or other digital storage or writing devices.
- Only approved software may be used to develop applications or to manipulate data.
VI. Department Responsibilities
The Department will provide technical assistance and monitoring for all programs operated under the Division of Family and Community Services.
VII. Support Services
Utilization of Community Resources - It shall be the responsibility of each project director to coordinate the services provided through the project with other sources of care in the community, such as:
- The Illinois Medical Assistance Program
- Local Health Departments
- Neighborhood Health Centers
- Local Child Development Clinics
- Division of Specialized Care for Children
- Local Hospitals
- Local Children and Family Services Programs
- Local Schools
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Regional Perinatal Centers
- Local Early Intervention Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Handicaps
- Other related social service agencies
Please refer to 77 Ill. Adm. Code 630.160 and 630.170; Other Applicable Rules; and to the program-specific Exhibits for additional requirements.
VIII. Billing Instructions
Providers shall use the following methodology to document the use of these funds:
- The Provider shall provide summary documentation by line item of actual expenditures incurred for the purchase of goods and services necessary for conducting program activities. The Provider shall use generally accepted accounting practices to record expenditures and revenues as outlined in DHS Rule 509, Fiscal Administrative Recordkeeping and Requirements.
- Expenditures shall be recorded in the Provider's records in such a manner as to establish an audit trail for future verification of appropriate use of Agreement funds.
- Expenditure documentation shall be submitted in a format, defined by the Division of Family and Community Services on a monthly basis, within fifteen days of the end of the month reported.
- The Provider shall submit expenditure documentation by one of the following means to the individual listed below:
- Mailing Address
- Bev Sanders
823 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
- All financial record keeping on the part of the Provider shall be in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles consistently applied.
IX. Program Monitoring
The Provider shall permit Department staff to conduct accompanied and unaccompanied site visits of service delivery providers for the purpose of observation and discussion of programmatic and operational content and understanding.
X. Program Budget
Providers agree to establish and utilize a spending plan approved by the Provider's Board of Directors.
XI. Applicable Rules and Statutes
The Provider shall provide services as set forth in the pertinent portions of the FCS Program Manual and shall act in accordance with all state and federal statutes and administrative rules applicable to the provision of the services, including, but not limited to the following:
- 42 CFR 430 et seq.: Medicaid provisions of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and its rules
- 42 CFR 431.300 - 431.307: Medicaid provisions of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and its rules, specifically provisions regarding "Safeguarding Information on Applicants and Recipients"
- 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart C: Policies of General Applicability, Abortions and Related Medical Services in Federally Assisted Programs of the Public Health Service
- 42 CFR 54.1 et seq.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provisions regarding Charitable Choice
- 45 CFR Part 16: Procedures of the Departmental Grant Appeals Board
- 45 CFR 74 and 45 CFR 75: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provisions regarding Administration of Grants
- 45 CFR 260: General Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Provisions
- 22 U.S. Code 7102 et seq.: Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act
- 42 U.S. Code 290aa et seq.: Public Health Service Act\
- 42 U.S. Code 701 et seq.: Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant
- 42 U.S. Code 5101 et seq.: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1996
- 42 U.S. Code 5601 et seq.: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
- 42 U.S. Code 10401 et seq.: Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
- 42 U.S. Code 12501 et seq.: National and Community Service Act of 1990 as amended by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993
- 42 U.S. Code 13701 et seq.: Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
- 42 U.S. Code Chapter 7, Subchapter V, Section 701: Authorization of Appropriations
State Rules: Title 77 Illinois Administrative Code
- Part 630: Maternal and Child Health Services Code
- Part 2030: Award and Monitoring of Funds
State Rules: Title 89 Illinois Administrative Code
- Part 130.200: Administration of Social Service Programs, Domestic Violence Shelter and Service Programs
- Part 310: Delivery of Youth Services Funded by the Department of Human Services
- Part 313: Community Services
- Part 334: Administration and Funding of Community-Based Services to Youth
- Part 507: Audit Requirements of DHS
- Part 509: Fiscal/Administrative Recordkeeping and Requirements
- Part 511: Grants and Grant Funds Recovery
- 5 ILCS 420/1-101 et seq: Illinois Governmental Ethics Act
- 5 ILCS 430 et seq: State Officials and Employees Ethics Act
- 20 ILCS 405/405-300 Civil Administrative Code of Illinois
- 20 ILCS 505/17: Children and Family Services Act
- 20 ILCS 710: Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Services Act
- 20 ILCS 1305: Department of Human Services Act
- 20 ILCS 2310/55.05: Civil Admin. Code of Illinois
- 30 ILCS 105/9.04: State Finance Act
- 30 ILCS 105/15a: State Finance Act
- 30 ILCS 50/1-1 et seq: Illinois Procurement Code
- 30 ILCS 435/15: Human Services provider Bond Reserve Payment Act
- 30 ILCS 500/1-15.60: Illinois Procurement Code
- 30 ILCS 500/20-80: Illinois Procurement Code
- 30 ILCS 540/1 et seq: State Prompt Payment Act
- 30 ILCS 575/0.01 et seq: Business Enterprise Program for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities
- 30 ILCS 590/1 et seq: State Agency Employees Child Care Services Act
- 30 ILCS 705/1: Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act
- 225 ILCS 10: Child Care Act of 1969
- 225 ILCS 460/1: Solicitation for Charity Act
- 305 ILCS 5/4-12, 9-1, 12-4.5 through 12-4.7, and 12-13: Illinois Public Aid Code
- 325 ILCS 5: Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act
- 410 ILCS 213: Hearing Screening for Newborns Act
- 750 ILCS 30: Emancipation of Minors Act
- 750 ILCS 60/227: Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986
- 760 ILCS 55/1: Charitable Trust Act
- 805 ILCS 5: Business Corporation Act
Note on Provider Audit Requirements
The State General Revenue Funds disbursed through the Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Community Services, are usually Maintenance of Effort (MOE) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) matching funds. Therefore, these funds are generally treated as FEDERAL FUNDS at the end of the fiscal year. Such treatment of State General Revenue Funds as Federal Funds may cause the Provider to fall under the audit requirements of OMB Circular A-133. This knowledge can be used to avoid unnecessary additional costs when requesting year-end fiscal audits. The Provider is therefore advised to notify their independent auditor (CPA) of this possibility.