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 1        AN ACT concerning community services.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Community  Services  Act  is  amended  by
 5    changing Section 4 as follows:

 6        (405 ILCS 30/4) (from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 904)
 7        Sec. 4.  Financing for Community Services. The Department
 8    of   Human   Services  is  authorized  to  provide  financial
 9    assistance   to   eligible   private    service    providers,
10    corporations,   local   government   entities   or  voluntary
11    associations for the provision of services  to  persons  with
12    mental  illness,  persons with a developmental disability and
13    alcohol and drug dependent persons living  in  the  community
14    for the purpose of achieving the goals of this Act.
15        The   Department  shall  utilize  the  following  funding
16    mechanisms for community services:
17             (1)  Purchase of Care Contracts: services  purchased
18        on  a  predetermined  fee  per unit of service basis from
19        private  providers  or  governmental  entities.  Fee  per
20        service rates are set by  an  established  formula  which
21        covers  some  portion  of  personnel, supplies, and other
22        allowable costs,  and  which  makes  some  allowance  for
23        geographic  variations in costs as well as for additional
24        program components.
25             (2)  Grants: sums  of  money  which  the  Department
26        grants  to  private  providers  or  governmental entities
27        pursuant to the grant recipient's  agreement  to  provide
28        certain   services,  as  defined  by  departmental  grant
29        guidelines,  to  an   approximate   number   of   service
30        recipients. Grant levels are set through consideration of
31        personnel,  supply  and other allowable costs, as well as
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 1        other funds available to the program.
 2             (3)  Other Funding Arrangements: funding  mechanisms
 3        may  be  established on a pilot basis in order to examine
 4        the feasibility of alternative financing arrangements for
 5        the provision of community services.
 6        Providers of community services for the mentally ill  and
 7    developmentally   disabled shall increase the wages of direct
 8    care workers by at least the same percentage as the  increase
 9    in  funds  they  receive from the State for the cost of doing
10    business in fiscal year 2001  and  fiscal  year  2002.   Each
11    community  services provider shall certify to the Department,
12    as provided by rule by the Department, that it  has  provided
13    the wage increases in accordance with these requirements.
14        The  Department shall strive to establish and maintain an
15    equitable system of payment  which  encourages  providers  to
16    improve  their  clients'  capabilities  for  independence and
17    reduces  their  reliance  on  community   or   State-operated
18    services.   In  accepting  Department  funds, providers shall
19    recognize their  responsibility  to  be  accountable  to  the
20    Department  and  the State for the delivery of services which
21    are consistent with the philosophies and goals  of  this  Act
22    and the rules and regulations promulgated under it.
23    (Source: P.A. 88-380; 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

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