Changes in Federal Legislation

The following section includes analyses of Federal programs and legislation for their impact on State human resources and social service delivery, including possible changes in current programs, new programs, and other legislation.


110th Congress (2007-2008)

H.J.RES. 20: Making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007, and for other purposes. Appropriates money to the department of health and human services including the Food and Nutrition program operated by the Division of Human Capitol Development (DHCD) and the Family Support Programs -Title X operated by the Division of Community Health and Prevention (DCHP). Public Law No: 110-5

H.R. 797: An act to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve low-vision benefits matters, matters relating to burial and memorial affairs, and other matters under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Public Law No: 110-157

H.R.1429: To reauthorize the Head Start Act, to improve program quality, to expand access, and for other purposes. This act reauthorizes the head start program that funds Head Start Providers directly and collaborates with DHCD. Public Law No: 110-134

H.R. 2419: To provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes. This act makes changes to the Food Stamp Program, now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program operated by DHCD. Public Law No: 110-234

H.R. 2517: To amend the Missing Children's Assistance Act to authorize appropriations, and for other purposes. The majority of this bill is regarding missing children, but it mentions Runaway and Homeless Youth, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, programs operated by DCHP. Public Law No: 110-240

H.R. 2764: Making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes. This bill includes: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration involves the IDHS' Division of Mental Health (DMH) and the IDHS' Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA), Child Care and Development Block Grant and Social Services Block Grant both involving DHCD and Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research involving the IDHS' Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). Public Law No: 110-161

H.R. 3668: To provide for the extension of transitional medical assistance (TMA), the abstinence education program, and the qualifying individuals (QI) program, and for other purposes. This bill impacts Mental Health Parity. Public Law No: 110-90

H.R. 6124: To provide for the continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes. This bill makes changes to the Food Stamp Program, currently referred to as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program operated by DHCD. Public Law No: 110-246

H.R. 6331: To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare Program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access, and for other purposes. Public Law No: 110-275 79 Illinois Human Services Plan State Fiscal Years 2008 - 2010

H.R. 6893: To amend parts B and E of title IV of  the Social Security Act to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption, and for other purposes. Public Law No: 110-351

H.R. 7311: To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008, through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, to enhance measures to combat trafficking in persons, and for other purposes. Public Law No: 110-457

S. 793: A bill to provide for the expansion and improvement of traumatic brain injury programs. Public Law No: 110-206

S. 1276: A bill to facilitate the creation of methamphetamine precursor electronic logbook systems, and for other purposes. Public Law No: 110-415

S. 1810: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the provision of scientifically sound information and support services to patients receiving a positive test diagnosis for Down syndrome or other prenatally and postnatally diagnosed conditions.  Public Law No: 110-374

S. 1858: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish grant programs to provide for education and outreach on newborn screening and coordinated follow up care once newborn screening has been conducted, to reauthorize programs under part A of title XI of such Act, and for other purposes. Public Law No: 110-204

S. 2304: A bill to amend title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide grants for the improved mental health treatment and services provided to offenders with mental illnesses, and for other purposes. Public Law No: 110-416

S. 2982: A bill to amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to authorize appropriations, and for other purposes. Public Law No: 110-378

S. 3406: A bill to restore the intent and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Public Law No: 110-325

S. 3597: A bill to provide that funds allocated for community food projects for fiscal year 2008, shall remain available until September 30, 2009. Public Law No: 110-380

S. 3712: A bill to make a technical correction in the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Public Law No: 110-460 80

111th Congress (2009-2010)

H.R.1: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (''federal stimulus package'') provides tax subsidies, social security income, and education grants directly to the people of Illinois that IDHS serves. In addition, the federal stimulus package directly affects several IDHS programs and may assist some IDHS priority initiatives by offering funding to other state agencies. The following IDHS programs may benefit from the federal stimulus package:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps) - Illinois will receive approximately $890 million in additional benefits to SNAP recipients over 5 years and an estimated $11.9 million in administration over two years. The money for administration is provided to IDHS to help pay for increased administrative costs associated with the growth in the SNAP caseload. Illinois residents who are enrolled in the food stamp or SNAP program will receive increased monthly assistance under the federal recovery bill.
  • Emergency Food - Illinois will receive an estimated $11.5 million ($3.8 each year for 3 years) in Emergency Food Assistance to distribute approximately 5.9 million pounds of additional food statewide. The Emergency Food program provides federal funds to food banks across Illinois to distribute United States Department of Agriculture commodities and privately donated food to pantries, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens throughout Illinois. IDHS partners with eight food banks in Illinois to operate the program. The food banks then distribute the food to over 750 soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters across Illinois.
  • Child Care - Illinois will receive approximately $73 million in additional funding to expand subsidized childcare services to the families that need it most and enhance the services already being provided. IDHS is meeting with providers, including Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies, and advocates to devise a plan to spend the stimulus money.
  • Early Intervention/IDEA Part C Program - The EI program assures that families who have children ages birth to three with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays, or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child's development while respecting the diversity of families and communities. Illinois may receive approximately $17.6 million over two years in additional funding to administer its Early Intervention program.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program - The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program helps people with disabilities across Illinois find and keep jobs. Illinois will receive approximately $20.1 million over a two-year period to enhance and expand VR.
  • Independent Living Program - The Centers for Independent Living provide information, referrals, and services to persons with disabilities that help them live and work in community settings. Illinois will receive an extra $571,000 for its Independent Living Program that the state administers in partnership with the Illinois Centers for Independent Living, and an extra $1.41 million for its Older Blind Independent Living Program. IDHS anticipates that some of this money will flow to IDHS and some will go directly to the Centers for Independent Living. Details will be forthcoming from the Department of Education.
  • Increased Medicaid Match (FMAP) - FMAP provides hospitals with assistance with Medicaid expenditures. The stimulus bill includes an increase in the federal match for Medicaid expenditures that is estimated to provide Illinois with an additional $2.9 billion in federal revenue, a small portion of which will supplement IDHS programs.
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (Competitive Grant) - IDHS will apply for expanded funding for its Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) that IDHS administers in partnership with Illinois Housing Development Authority. NSP currently receives $53 million in federal funding. The Illinois NSP will apply for increased funding that will be distributed as financing to local governments, developers, for-profit and non-profit organizations to fund activities to mitigate the problems caused by foreclosures, high-risk mortgages, and high rates of abandoned or vacant properties. Details will be available from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in May.
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - IDHS is working to devise a strategy for the TANF portion of the stimulus bill. The bill has three TANF provisions: 1. 80 percent federal match on increased expenditures on TANF basic assistance when the TANF caseload increases above FY 08 or FY 07 base levels. IDHS caseloads are currently below FY 08 and FY 07 levels; however, if caseloads increase, Illinois could become eligible for this federal assistance. 2. 80 percent federal match for increased TANF spending for one-time non-recurrent short-term benefits. IDHS' Front Door program qualifies for this increased assistance; however, if spending remains below prior fiscal years, IDHS may not be eligible for the stimulus money. 3. 80 percent federal match for spending on Subsidized Employment opportunities.  IDHS could expand subsidized employment and realize increased federal money; however, 20 percent of the GRF portion would have to be drawn away from other sources, which could create a net-loss budgetary to the state.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  Program (Competitive Grant) - The WIC program offers food assistance program for pregnant women, new mothers and young children so they can eat well and stay healthy. IDHS is preparing to take advantage of the $100 million in funding for technology investments in state WIC programs. These investments may include the creation of Electronic Benefits Transfer capability. IDHS may also benefit from the $400 million federal contingency reserve fund designed to fund increased participation in the WIC program as a result of the economic downturn.
  • AmeriCorps - IDHS may benefit from a $30 million national increase in funding for AmeriCorps. It is unclear how this money will be distributed and if it will go to the states via formula or discretionary spending. IDHS program administrators are closely monitoring the distribution of funds.

Public Law No: 111-5