News and Updates
Updates on the policies, news and regulations that affect your organization and community.
9/4: Effective in 2019, the Department of Human Services will be required to develop a registry of substance use disorder recovery residences in Illinois; housing authorities must provide a status update to applicants for public housing and vouchers within 10 business days; and all individuals in community integrated living arrangements will receive an annual health assessment. Learn more about these bills: HB5288, SB3081, and HB5463.
8/27: Several new mental health and substance use treatment initiatives and regulations will go into effect in Illinois in 2019 that range from improvements for the treatment of addiction to mental health coverage. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services can apply for a federal 1115 Medicaid Waiver that would allow treatment for serious mental illness on the first episode of psychosis, effective immediately. Get the details on these five different bills.
8/23: A new report shows that Illinois’ approved FY19 budget has an estimated $1.2B structural deficit. The deficit is a result of the budget’s reliance on one-time and projected revenues, such as the planned sale of the James R. Thompson Center and a to-be-implemented pension buyout program, according to a bond issuance document released by the Illinois Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. The report states: “To avoid future structural deficits, the Governor and General Assembly would, among other potential solutions, need to reduce expenditures, adjust revenue collections or approve a combination of revenue adjustments and reduction in expenditures. The state provides no assurances as to how, when or in what form this structural deficit might be addressed.” See the full report here.
8/15: A state task force will be created to develop recommendations to improve the recruitment and retention of child welfare workers. The task force will study the role of compensation and workload in the turnover of child welfare workers and the effect of turnover on achieving safety and timely permanency for children. For additional details on this legislation, click here.
7/12: The Illinois General Assembly, which includes the Senate and House of Representatives, will reconvene on November 13, 2018 for veto session. Legislators will meet on November 13-15 and 27-29 to consider actions on bills from the regular 2018 session (January-May 2018) that the governor vetoed. The General Assembly can accept the changes made by the governor to the bill and pass it into law, allow the bill to die, or try to pass the bill by overriding the governor’s veto.
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