1.1 - Illinois Maternal and Child Health Programs

The IDHS Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (BMCH) aims to facilitate case management services statewide to pregnant & postpartum individuals, and infants; high risk infants and children up to age 2, statewide; and high-risk pregnant individuals in designated locations, with the goal of reducing infant and maternal mortality and morbidity rates at both the state and local level with an emphasis on addressing racial/ethnic disparities in outcome. Services must be provided in a culturally sensitive manner and, acknowledge and respect the differences among the populations served (ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender, abilities, language, and other characteristics).

The Family Case Management (FCM), High-Risk Infant Follow-Up (HRIF), and Better Birth Outcomes (BBO) Programs are funded by Illinois General Revenue funds (GRF) and Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) allocated for Infant Mortality and administered through the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (BMCH).

Agencies receiving funding for these programs must follow administrative policies outlined in this Policy and Procedure Manual.

Contract agencies are required to follow obligations as outlined in the Department contract. Local agency procedures must meet the minimum requirements and may not be more stringent than the policies outlined in the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Policy and Procedure Manual.