Individual Care Grant (ICG) Collaboration & Transformation Project
ICG Workgroup Descriptions
All of the work of the work groups (WG) will be in accordance with best practices and the System of Care principals, guidelines and values.
The following 5 workgroups will review the ICG program and recommend changes to restructure, strengthen and improve the program. The Rule Revision WG should complete their work by January 14, 2014, the others by February 28th.
Rule Revision: Application, Eligibility and Appeals
Review Part 135 of the Illinois Administrative code and recommend appropriate changes. The revision should include a thorough examination of the application process, eligibility criteria, service denial, monitoring and utilization review and return to in-home/community based living. Consideration should be given to youth with a diagnosis of a serious emotional disturbance that may be involved with other agencies as well as youth with dual diagnosis, developmental disabilities and severe behavior disorders. This workgroup should also assess current practices and make recommendations for short-term changes.
ICG Levels of Care & Community Infrastructure
Develop additional levels of care within the ICG program to better serve children with a diagnosis of serious emotional disturbance and their families. Assess current community services and determine what additional services are needed to support the strengths of youth and their families at home or in their communities. Determine how these services can be provided state-wide. Recommend changes to state service definitions (e.g. Rule 132) needed to fund these additional services. Consideration should be given to youth with a diagnosis of a serious emotional disturbance that may be involved with other agencies as well as youth with dual diagnosis, developmental disabilities and severe behavior disorders.
Outreach & Training
Make recommendations on outreach, training and social marketing needed to make the ICG more known and available to families. Determine how families can be assisted in order to access appropriate services for their children with a diagnosis of a serious emotional disturbance. Make recommendations on increasing awareness and support for the program among state policy makers, providers, provider organizations and other stakeholders. Determine training needs, scope of training and recommendations for implementation.
Data Analysis & Outcome Measurement
Assess data currently available about the ICG program and recommend additional data that needs to be collected including outcome measures, both clinical and long term that can be used by state agencies, providers, provider organizations, consumers and families to enhance services and assess program performance. Make recommendations regarding data availability in real time to DMH and other state agencies, consumers, families, providers, provider organizations stakeholders and the public.
Financing & Legislation
Assess ICG program finances and recommend financial changes needed. This should include legislation required to fund program improvements including annual reinvestment of lapsed funding to strengthen the infrastructure of community based mental health services for current ICG recipients and additional youth that may be found eligible due to expansion of levels of care.