For guardians seeking mental health or developmental delay related services, in instances where abuse and neglect are not a factor, the best source of information would be the Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Mental Health or the Division of Developmental Disabilities which both have extensive resources listed on their websites. Another critical resource is always the school district in which the child or youth resides and the very important Individualized Education Program (IEP) that may be available that describes the special education instruction, supports, and services that students with disabilities are legally entitled to receive.
DCFS continues to work with existing and new residential providers to develop residential resources that address youth with acute behavioral health needs. During the past 2 years, the Department has worked diligently with providers to increase the residential placement capacity for youth in care through contract development or Capital Grants. In the past year the Department has added 37 new beds with an additional 50 in process.
IDHS/DMH is open to funding prosumer organizations and they are welcome to apply for any grant or contract opportunities for which they are equipped to perform the scope and deliverables.
In addition, the IDHS/ Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS-SUPR) will continue to fund Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Councils for SFY22. IDHS/SUPR will also provide funding for Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs). RCOs are peer-run community-based organizations that support people in long-term recovery through providing supportive services and a substance-free environment.
IDHS is working with IEMA to provide PPE to community providers, as supply is available. IDHS has been able to procure gowns, gloves, face shields, masks, and a few other PPE items. If you have any questions, please email DHS.PPE@illinois.gov.
In addition, IDHS recently released an RFP to procure contractual staff to provide vaccinations clinics for CILAs, Home Services workers and their clients, substance abuse and mental health programs, and our 1b staff.
With pandemic funds, IDHS worked with faith-based organizations to provide employment and training support in areas hardest hit by COVID. IDHS used CURES funds to develop a subsidized work experience program to support small and local businesses in the City of Chicago and Rockford through stipends for people who were unemployed or lost their job due to COVID-19.
For youth, IDHS launched the Illinois Youth Investment Program (IYIP) in FY21 to support young people along their path toward long-term and career employment. Recognizing both the negative effects of COVID on youth employment and the inequities that disproportionately impact black and brown communities, IYIP was designed to ensure communities most impacted would receive funding. All providers are required to address the racial disparities within youth employment, specifically for black youth, ages 16-24 by developing an Employment Equity Plan (EEP) and demonstrating how their proposed program design will reduce these disparities. Further, Black-led organizations were given priority when applying for funding; This resulted in 23 Black-led organizations receiving funding, 59% of all funded applicants. These programs are expected to be continued in FY22.
The FY22 Afterschool Youth Programs (Teen REACH) proposed level is $14.5M. The Department will be competitively bidding the afterschool program for FY22. The program will fund community-based public or private not-for-profit agencies to provide Teen REACH (TR) services to at-risk youth in high-need communities with a focus on older school-age youth. In FY21, 58 agencies are funded to provide TR programming in 146 community sites in 25 Counties and will serve approximately 14,000 youth. The program provides youth with safe environments, caring adults, guides them toward educational success, marketable skills, STEM education and opportunities to serve their communities.
IDHS also receives 2% of the remaining allocations of the Cannabis Regulation Fund to develop and administer a public education campaign, educating youth and adults on the risks of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drug use, and cannabis. In addition, funds are to be used for data collection and analysis on the public health impact on legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. In FY21, IDHS estimates $3M will be made available for these purposes.
The IDHS/FCS FY22 GRF request for supportive housing is flat as compared to FY21 at $16.2M.
IDHS will continue to invest in Healing Illinois which is a racial healing initiative in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust. This initiative is designed to distribute grants to organizations across the state to activate the work of racial healing.
DMH will continue to invest in the intervention strategy that begins with social marketing in public settings and the development of a smart phone app for Suicide Prevention. The initiative will include advertisements on buses and utilizing bus wraps, billboards, TV, and radio ads.
DMH will also continue to invest in the expansion of the infrastructure for the Lifeline to ensure that at least 70% of the Illinois calls going into the National Suicide Hotline are answered by call centers in Illinois.
SUPR will be increasing its investment in the amount of and accessibility of Naloxone for all Drug Overdose Prevention Program enrolled entities to distribute to Illinois non-traditional first responders including people who are at risk of an overdose.
While we very much support Family Planning and have done a lot to enhance rates for and access to Family Planning services, we also have several additional priorities at this time. Continued Covid-19 response is among them, as well as numerous programs and changes that address racial and other health disparities, such as the 65+ program, vaccines, health care transformation, emphasis on contracting with minority vendors, reviewing roll out of enhanced care coordination for certain populations (esp. behavioral health), overall emphasis on re-evaluating our programs and policies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion impact.
High on the priority list is getting our postpartum coverage waiver through the new federal administration and implemented. That said, we will continue to evaluate the changes from DC under the new administration around Family Planning and evaluate what that might mean for a Family Planning SPA and the timing of such.
Initial Crisis Intervention via Phone or Video
After receiving a referral from CARES, the SASS/MCR provider will contact the individual in crisis, or the individual who reported the crisis to CARES, via phone or video to provide initial Crisis Intervention to attempt to stabilize the crisis. If the SASS/MCR provider is able to stabilize the individual, a Crisis Screening via the Illinois Medicaid - Crisis Assessment Tool (IM-CAT) will not be required. Staff should bill for their time completing telephonic or videoconference intervention as Crisis Intervention, on-site.
If the initial Crisis Intervention via phone or video does not result in a stabilization of the crisis, a Crisis Screening will be conducted.
If the SASS/MCR staff are unable to have direct access to the individual (e.g., the individual is at a location that the staff is not allowed to access, the family does not want in-person contact by MCR staff), or the SASS/MCR provider assesses the situation as clinically unsafe for clients and themselves, the staff may, under these circumstances, conduct the Crisis Screening via telephone or video. Staff should bill for their time completing the telephonic or videoconference screening as Crisis Intervention, on-site.
If the individual is accessible, is requesting an in-person screening and an in-person screening can be completed with reasonable safety precautions (e.g., use of PPE, CDC recommended social distancing, use of alternative safe locations, etc.) the SASS/MCR provider will complete, or will arrange for a partner provider to complete, a face-to-face crisis screening at the location of the crisis, or an alternative safe setting away from the home to ensure the safety of the individual and staff. Staff should bill for completing the in-person Crisis Screening as Mobile Crisis Response, off-site.
If the SASS/MCR provider reaches the location of the crisis and is only able to interact with the individual in crisis via phone or video, as a reasonable safety accommodation, that is allowable as part of the Mobile Crisis Response, off-site service event.
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