Latest News and Updates
Updates on the policies, news and regulations that affect your organization and community.
2/19: Gov. Pritzker delivered his FY21 budget address. Read the press release and budget address. Illinois Partners released a statement commending the governor’s budget recommendation, which demonstrates the importance and value of investing in human services.
2/4: A pending change to the state’s youth health care program is causing confusion and hardship for affected families.
1/27: The public charge rule remains frozen only in Illinois, where a federal appeals courts has upheld a state-wide injunction. Learn more about today’s Supreme Court ruling.
1/19: Senator Don Harmon is named Illinois Senate President. Harmon succeeds John Cullerton who stepped down in 2019.
1/12: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $8.9 million in federal funding to help children in Decatur, Joliet and Alton, Illinois, access Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
1/1: Customized Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Act (SB 2087) – Creates a five-year pilot program for finding employment for individuals with disabilities, tasked with helping them find jobs and negotiating fair wages.
1/1: Parolee-Medicaid Screening (SB 1744) – Requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) to screen inmates prior to release for Medicaid eligibility.
1/1: Alzheimer Advisory Committee (SB 1726) – Creates the full-time position, Dementia Coordinator, within the Department of Public Health to oversee the implementation of the Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan.
1/1: Community-Integrated Living (HB 3069) – Requires any facility licensed under the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act to notify the Department of Human Services when emergency calls are made from the facility.
1/1: Medicaid Redeterminations (HB 3040) – Amends the Public Aid Code to require that if an individual has transferred from one long-term care (LTC) facility to another LTC facility, the individual Medicaid eligibility must be sent to the LTC facility where the individual resides and to that individual.
1/1: Family Mental Health Centers (HB 2247) – Creates a community-based pilot program for persons with mental illness or persons at risk for mental health diagnosis in communities with high need or underutilization of mental health services.
1/1: Children and Youth Adult Mental Health Crisis Act (HB 2154) – Creates the Children and Youth Adult Mental Health Crisis Act, which will restructure the Individual Care Grant/Family Support Program for children and young adults with high mental health need regardless of type of insurance coverage.
1/1: Child Abuse Reports-DPH-DHFS (HB 831) – If DCFS gets a report of suspected abuse or neglect of a child who was receiving care in a hospital, including psychiatric hospitals, DCFS shall notify the Directors of DPH and HFS of the report. DPH licenses those facilities, HFS provides healthcare for those patients under Medicaid.
12/16: Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a new commission to study the state’s early childhood education system and plans to increase reimbursement rates for all childcare centers and home-based providers.
12/6: A new federal rule will impact over 140,000 residents in Illinois who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
12/3: Illinois adults with developmental disabilities wait 7 years or longer for services they need to live on their own.