Pathways: Illinois United for Youth Planning Initiative for System of Care

October 27, 2013


Dear DMH Provider,

Attached are three documents for your information.

The first two regard the Illinois United for Youth planning initiative for System of Care. One document is the strategic plan and the second is an executive summary. Illinois United for Youth (IUY) is a System of Care (SOC) planning initiative resulting from an awarded Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Statewide SOC Expansion Planning Grant. The Planning Grant required the development of a collaborative partnership of public and private entities serving youth with serious emotional disturbance in Illinois to develop a Comprehensive Statewide SOC Blueprint / Logic Model to improve and expand services provided by systems of care for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The IUY Planning Initiative is grounded in transforming Illinois' continuum of services towards a model that can deliver intensive, community-based services to children and adolescents that often have co-occurring social/emotional, behavioral, developmental, learning, and/or physical health disabilities requiring multi-system involvement. The IUY Project Team has identified multiple strategies that it believes will continue to push Illinois closer and closer to a full realization of a delivery system reflective of the SOC principles and values; Illinois United for Youth Pathways: A Strategic Plan for Children's Mental Health is the Comprehensive Statewide SOC Blueprint that was developed as a result of the evaluation and planning process undertaken by the IUY Stakeholders group.

The third document pertains to the Individual Care Grant program. On October 18, 2013 the Department of Human Services' Division of Mental Health (DHS-MH) announced our intention to restructure and reorganized the Individual Care Grant (ICG) Program. As part of this restructuring DHS-MH is planning to:

  • Revise Rule 135 including (but not limited to) the Application Requirements, Eligibility Criteria and Appeals Process.
  • Establishing additional levels of community-based, levels of care within the ICG Program to better serve children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.
  • Pursue a legislative change that would permit the reinvestment of lapsed ICG funds into community infrastructure development to better support children with serious emotional disturbance in their homes and in their schools.
  • Further refine ICG data collection and outcome measurement in order to identify those interventions that are most efficacious.

In order to accomplish this restructuring, DHS-MH has organized 5 workgroups to work on various aspects of the project. They are:

  • Rule Revision: Application, Eligibility & Appeals
  • ICG Levels of Care and Community Infrastructure
  • Outreach & Training Data Analysis & Outcome Measurement
  • Financing & Legislation

Please see the attached ICG Policy Brief for additional details.

Director Binion is inviting you to participate in one (or more) of these workgroups and partner with DHS-MH in the restructuring of this important program. Please email Kimberly Jenkins at and indicate which workgroup(s) you would like to serve on and if you are willing to serve as Co-Chair. This is a priority project for the Division and we are grateful for your collaboration towards the goal of strengthening and improving the ICG Program.