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Weekly Legislative Update-March 31, 2017

 

The following are disability-related bills and/or issues pending in the Illinois General Assembly that are scheduled to be heard in committee during the week of April 3, 2017:

House Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee

April 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Room 413, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: FY 18 ISBE Budget

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

Joint Hearing of the House Special Needs Services, House Human Services and House Appropriations-Human Services Committees

April 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Room 114, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: Issues Facing the Provision of CILA Services in Illinois/ Developmentally Disabled Housing Options.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the joint subject matter hearing: Click

House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee

April 5, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

Room D-1, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: Spring 2017 School Waiver Report ADD: Student Assessments

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

 

 

House Cost Benefit Analysis Committee

April 5, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Room D-1, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

HR 100, HCA 1, Representative Fred Crespo

Directs the Auditor General to conduct an audit of Medicaid MCOs, which includes a comparison of State expenditures between MCOs and fee-for-service entities.

  • To read full text of HR 100, HCA 1: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HR 100, HCA 1: Click

 

House Judiciary-Civil Committee

April 5, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Room 413, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 1953, HFA 1, Representative Tom Demmer

Amends the Nursing Home Care Act.  Provides that a facility resident whose rights have been violated under the Act is entitled to receive attorney’s fees and costs from the licensee if non-monetary relief is sought, but is not entitled to receive attorney’s fees and costs from the licensee if the facility resident seeks monetary relief.

  • To read full text of HB 1953, HFA 1: Click
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House Appropriations-Public Safety Committee

April 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Room D-1, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: FY 18 Budgets: DJJ, ISP, ISFA, DMA.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

House Government Consolidation & Modernization Committee

April 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Room 114, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: Government consolidation interaction with the current budget impasse.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

House Mental Health Committee

April 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

Room 413, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

HB 3709, HFA 1, Representative Litesa Wallace

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Provides that counseling services or psychotherapy on an outpatient basis provided to a minor 12 years of age or older must be provided by, or under the supervision of, a licensed service provider. Provides that until the consent of the minor’s parent, legal guardian, or person in loco parentis has been obtained, outpatient counseling or psychotherapy provided to a minor under the age of 18 (rather than 17) shall be initially limited to not more than 8 90-minute sessions (rather than 5 sessions, a session lasting not more than 45 minutes). Provides that after the eighth session, the service provider shall consider specified statutory factors throughout the therapeutic process to determine, through consultation with the minor, whether attempting to obtain the consent of a parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis would be detrimental to the minor’s well-being. Provides that obtaining the consent of a parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis shall be presumed to be detrimental to the minor’s well-being for counseling services or psychotherapy related to allegations of neglect, sexual abuse, or mental or physical abuse by the minor’s parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis. Provides that the minor’s parent, guardian or person in loco parentis shall not be liable for the out-of-pocket costs, including co-payments, deductibles, or co-insurance (rather than costs)for outpatient counseling or psychotherapy which is received by the minor without the consent of the minor’s parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis.

  • To read full text of HB 3709, HFA 1: Click
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House Insurance: Health & Life Committee

April 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

Room 118, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

 

HB 1332, HFA 3, Representative Laura Fine

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code.  Removes anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa from the definition of “serious mental illness” in Sec 370c.2 of the Code.  Provides that insurers that provide coverage for medical or hospital treatment shall provide coverage based upon medical necessity for the treatment of eating disorders consistent with the parity requirements of Sec. 370c.1 of the Code. Sets forth the definition of “eating disorder” for purposes of this provision.

  • To read full text of HB 1332, HFA 1: Click
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House Aging Committee

Community Care Program Subcommittee

April 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Room 118, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: The Community Care Program

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

House Appropriations-Human Services Committee

April 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Room 114, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: FY 18 Budgets: HFS, DHS.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

Senate Appropriations I Committee

April 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Room 212, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

Subject Matter On: Testimony on FY 18 budget request for the following agency: Department of Human Services-SB 2105. SB 2105

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

 

 

 

Senate Education Committee

April 4, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Room 212, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SB 1557, Senator Kimberly A. Lightford

Amends the School Code. Provides that early childhood programs receiving State Board of Education grants for preschool educational programs shall prohibit the expulsion of children. Provides instead that when persistent and serious challenging behaviors emerge, the early childhood program shall document steps taken to ensure that the child can participate safely in the program and utilize a range of community resources. Sets forth provisions concerning the creation of a transition plan if there is documented evidence that all available interventions and supports recommended by a qualified professional have been exhausted; temporary removal of a child; the utilization of training, technical support, and professional development resources; and annually reporting to the State Board. Makes related changes. Amends the Child Care Act of 1969 to require the Department of Children and Family Services, in consultation with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development and the State Board of Education, to adopt rules prohibiting the use of expulsion due to a child’s persistent and serious challenging behaviors in licensed day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes.

  • To read full text of SB 1557: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 1557: Click

 

Senate Public Health Committee

April 4, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Room 400, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SB 2031, Senator Thomas Cullerton

Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that for a specified written agreement provided by a resident to a facility under the Act, the agreement may authorize the resident’s representative to represent the resident’s interests in securing and maintaining Medicaid long-term care benefits, including banking records, redeterminations, appeal proceedings, and legal challenges, or that the resident may choose another individual or entity to perform these functions, which shall require a separate written agreement. Provides that an authorization granted by a resident under a specified provision shall not be diminished or terminated by the death of the resident.

  • To read full text of SB 2031: Click
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Senate Appropriations I Committee

April 5 2017, 8:30 a.m.

Room 400, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

Subject Matter On: FY18 Budget request for the following: SB2094- Department on Aging, SB2127- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, SB2135-IL Council on Developmental Disabilities, SB2104-DHR, SB2131-Human Rights Commission, SB2113-DPH SB 2094, SB 2127, SB 2135, SB 2104, SB 2131, SB 2113

  • To file an electronic witness slip for the subject matter hearing: Click

 

Senate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care

April 5, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Room 400, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SB 622, Senator Omar Aquino

Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that on and after July 1, 2017, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall provide dental services to any adult who is otherwise eligible for assistance under the medical assistance program. Defines “dental services” to mean diagnostic, preventative, restorative, or corrective procedures, including procedures and services for the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease and dental caries disease, provided by an individual who is licensed to practice dentistry or dental surgery or who is under the supervision of a dentist in the practice of his or her profession. Provides that on and after July 1, 2017, targeted dental services, as set forth in Exhibit D of the Consent Decree entered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, in the matter of Memisovski v. Maram, Case No. 92 C 1982, that are provided to adults under the medical assistance program shall be reimbursed at the rates set forth in the “New Rate” column in Exhibit D of the Consent Decree for targeted dental services that are provided to persons under the age of 18 under the medical assistance program.

  • To read full text of SB 622: Click
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SB 1654, Senator Andy Manar

Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that whenever a hospital notifies a managed care organization that a medical assistance enrollee has a discharge order from the attending physician and is ready for discharge from an inpatient hospital stay to another level of care, the managed care organization must secure the enrollee’s placement in or transfer to another facility within 24 hours of receiving the hospital’s notification. Provides that in addition to any payments for which the managed care organization is responsible through the designated discharge date, a managed care organization that fails to comply with the requirement shall reimburse the hospital for each additional inpatient day beyond the designated discharge date until the enrollee is actually discharged at a rate no less than the effective per day rate for the initial inpatient stay.

  • To read full text of SB 1654: Click
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Senate State Government Committee

April 5, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

Room 409, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

SB 1453, Senator Wm. Sam McCann

Amends the Personnel Code. Provides for the creation of a supported employees program by the Department of Central Management Services. Provides that the Director of Central Management Services shall develop and implement a supported employment program applying to all State agencies. Provides that the Director shall designate a liaison to work with the various State agencies and departments, and any funder or provider or both, in the implementation of a supported employment program. Provides that the Director, in consultation with the Secretary or Director of each State agency, shall establish job classifications for supported employees who may be appointed into the classifications without open competitive testing requirements. Provides that supported employees shall serve in a trial employment capacity for not less than 3, but no more than 12, months. Requires the Director to maintain a record of all individuals hired as supported employees, and submit an annual report to the General Assembly regarding the employment progress of supported employees, with recommendations for further legislative action. Defines terms.

  • To read full text of SB 1453: Click
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Senate Human Services Committee

April 5, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

Room 409, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SB 696, Senator Mattie Hunter

Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the Director of Corrections may transfer

persons committed to the Department other than addicts, alcoholics, or intoxicated persons who may be subject to involuntary admission or who meets the standards of judicial admission to any psychiatric unit of any public or private hospital for observation, diagnosis, and treatment, subject to the approval of the hospital, for a period of not more than 6 months, if the person consents in writing to the transfer. Establishes procedures in which the Director of Corrections may petition the circuit court requesting transfer to the hospital if the person objects or does not consent to his or her transfer. Provides that no person may be transferred under this provision unless the Department of Corrections determines in writing that the psychiatric unit to which the person will be transferred can provide a safe and secure environment for that person. Provides that the public or private hospital shall return to the Department of Corrections any person committed to it under this provision, whose sentence has not expired and whom the hospital deems no longer subject to involuntary admission, or no longer meets the standard for judicial admission. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall notify the director of any hospital of the expiration of the sentence of any person transferred to that hospital under this provision.

  • To read full text of SB 696: Click
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SB 940, Senator Thomas Cullerton

Amends the Developmental Disability and Mental Disability Services Act. Provides for the transition to community-based services of persons over 18 years of age with developmental disabilities in the State who qualify for Medicaid Waiver services, who reside in intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities with 9 or more residents, and who affirmatively request to receive community-based services or placement in a community-based setting and persons with developmental disabilities in the State who qualify for Medicaid Waiver services, who reside in a family home, who are in need of community-based services or placement in a community-based setting, and who affirmatively request community-based services or placement in a community-based setting. Establishes a schedule for the transition to community-based services. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall oversee the transition of persons to receive community-based services or placement in a community-based setting. Provides that nothing in these provisions forces persons who do not want community-based services or placement to move, nor does it force providers to close beds or enter into downsizing agreements with the State against their will.

  • To read full text of SB 940: Click
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If you wish to take any action regarding any of these bills/issues, you may wish to attend the committee hearing and/or contact the members of the Committee conducting the hearing and/or the legislators in your home district.  The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all legislators, both Representatives and Senators, can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website at: www.ilga.gov. You may check this website to find out if any of the committee hearing dates or times have been changed, which may happen upon very short notice. You may also use this website to file an electronic witness slip for any bill that is posted for hearing by clicking on “GA Dashboard” on the homepage.

 

For additional information, please contact:

Cheryl R. Jansen

Public Policy Director

Equip for Equality

cherylj2@equipforequality.org

217-544-0464 ext. 6013

 

Last updated: April 12, 2017

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