State of Illinois
2007 and 2008


Introduced 2/22/2007, by Rep. Aaron Schock


20 ILCS 1705/59   from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 100-59

    Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Requires that the Department of Human Services by rule establish the maximum annual household income for eligibility for the Family Assistance and Support Program, which may not be less than $65,000 and must be adjusted annually for inflation. Effective immediately.

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1     AN ACT concerning State government.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 5. The Mental Health and Developmental
5 Disabilities Administrative Act is amended by changing Section
6 59 as follows:
7     (20 ILCS 1705/59)  (from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 100-59)
8     Sec. 59. The Department may create a Family Assistance and
9 Support Program to assist families in providing care at home
10 for persons of any age with a severe or profound developmental
11 disability, to prevent or delay the institutionalization of
12 such persons or to permit the return of such persons from
13 facilities to their families. As used in this Section,
14 "families" includes foster families. The program may provide
15 reimbursement for services or other need as specified in this
16 Section only if payment or reimbursement for such services is
17 not available through insurance or any other State or federal
18 program. The Department may require documentation, where
19 deemed appropriate by the Department, that other sources of
20 payment or reimbursement are not available. Reimbursement is
21 available under the program for special adaptive equipment,
22 minor structural modifications to a residence or vehicle,
23 adaptive clothing, medications, special dietary needs, and



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1 transportation to special services. The Department may also
2 provide reimbursement for any other unusual expenses necessary
3 for the maintenance of a person with a severe or profound
4 developmental disability at home. Reimbursement to any family
5 in any year under the program shall not exceed $2,500, except
6 when the limit is waived by the Department in cases of
7 extraordinary need as determined by the Department in
8 accordance with rules adopted by the Department. Expenditures
9 shall be subject to available appropriations for this program.
10 The Department shall promulgate rules to implement and
11 administer the program and establish criteria to assure
12 equitable distribution of funds under this program throughout
13 the State. The rules must include establishment of the maximum
14 annual household income for an eligible family, which may not
15 be less than $65,000 beginning January 1, 2008, and the annual
16 adjustment for inflation of that income amount as determined by
17 the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers as determined
18 by the United States Department of Labor.
19     An interim report and evaluation of the program shall be
20 submitted to the General Assembly no later than June 30, 1988.
21 A subsequent interim report and evaluation of the program shall
22 be submitted to the General Assembly no later than January 1,
23 1989. The Governor's Planning Council on Developmental
24 Disabilities shall assist the Department in the evaluation of
25 the program.
26 (Source: P.A. 88-380.)



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1     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2 becoming law.