Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program Act. Creates the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program within the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health. Provides that the Program shall provide bridge rental subsidies for individuals at high risk of unnecessary institutionalization and individuals at high risk of overdose for purposes of stabilizing their mental illness or substance abuse disorder. Provides criteria for the award, computation, and payment of bridge rental subsidies. Sets forth the responsibilities of persons receiving bridge rental subsidies. Provides for the identification and referral to the Program of persons eligible to receive bridge rental subsidies prior to their discharge from a hospital or release from a correctional facility. Provides standards for housing service providers, long-term housing, and temporary rental units. Provides that the Department will contract with an independent outside research organization to evaluate the Program's effectiveness, and shall report the results of the evaluation to the General Assembly after 5 years. Provides rulemaking authority. Defines terms. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that the Housing is Recovery pilot program is established subject to appropriation. Changes the definition of "serious mental illness". Defines "serious mental illness" as meeting both the diagnostic and functioning criteria consistent with the definition of Serious Mental Illness in the most current edition of the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health Community Mental Health Provider Manual.