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405 ILCS 30/1
(405 ILCS 30/1)
(from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 901)
It is declared to be the policy and intent of the Illinois
General Assembly that the Department of Human Services assume leadership in
facilitating the establishment of
and coordinated arrays of private and public services for persons with mental
illness, persons with a developmental disability, and alcohol and drug
dependent citizens residing in communities throughout the state. The
Department shall work
in partnership with local government entities, direct service providers,
associations and communities to create a system that is sensitive to the needs
of local communities and which complements existing family and other natural
supports, social institutions and programs.
The goals of the service system shall include but not be limited to the
following: to strengthen the independence, self-esteem,
and ability of the individual with a disability to participate in and contribute to community life; to insure
continuity of care for clients; to enable persons with disabilities to access needed
services, commensurate with their individual wishes and needs, regardless
of where they reside in the state; to prevent unnecessary institutionalization
and the dislocation of individuals from their home communities; to provide
a range of services so that persons can receive these services in settings
which do not unnecessarily restrict their liberty; and to encourage clients
to move among settings as their needs change.
The system shall include provision of services in the areas of prevention,
client assessment and diagnosis, case coordination, crisis and emergency
care, treatment and habilitation and support services, and community
residential alternatives to institutional settings. The General Assembly
recognizes that community programs are an integral part of the larger service
system, which includes state-operated facilities for persons who cannot receive
appropriate services in the community.
Towards achievement of these ends, the Department of Human Services, working
in coordination with other State agencies, shall assume responsibilities
pursuant to this Act, which includes activities in the areas of planning,
quality assurance, program evaluation, community education, and the provision
of financial and technical assistance to local provider agencies.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)