2011 HealthWorks Illinois

Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description


DCFS wards under age six, pregnant or parenting, in downstate Illinois and under age 6 in Cook County.

Eligibility Criteria

DCFS wards under age 21 in downstate Illinois and under age six (6) in Cook County.


To ensure children in foster care receive comprehensive health services.


HealthWorks of Illinois helps foster parents to meet the health care needs of children placed in their care. Local program staff can assist foster parents in finding a physician, understanding a child's health problems and ensuring that children receive the routine and specialized health care services they need.

Delivery Method

Health care networks are led by twenty HealthWorks agencies responsible for program operation, training medical case managers and recruiting more primary care physicians to serve foster children. Medical case managers from local health departments or community-based organizations work with foster parents and physicians to coordinate health care services.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $1,596.8 $1,617.5 *
Number of Grantees 19 20 82
Number Served** 16,668 16,196 6,019

* No grant amount allocated - HealthWorks is part of FCM.

**Includes children age 0 through 21.

Program Accomplishments

This program has proved to be most effective in improving access to health care for children from birth through 5 years of age. In SFY2011, 89 percent of the wards downstate was current with their immunizations and 90 percent were current with their well child visits.