Kotowski Bill to Help High-Risk Kids in DCFS Residential, Group Homes Sweeps Senate Committee

(Springfield, IL) – The Illinois Senate Human Services Committee on March 5th approved legislation 9-0 to create a new approach to help abused and neglected children living in residential and group homes get more sophisticated care and avoid hospitalization.

State Senator Dan Kotowski

State Senator Dan Kotowski

The measure, Senate Bill 1372 Sponsored by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-33) would develop a performance-based program and payment model for the state residential foster care services.

“Performance contracts for DCFS residential and group homes provide new opportunities to develop innovative programming to provide enhanced clinical treatment and to ease transitions to school, home, and work for kids,” said Marge Berglind, President of the Child Care Association of Illinois.

The bill would require DCFS to set new performance-based requirements, financial rates, and outcomes for residential treatment providers.

“Long-term savings from lowered hospitalization costs can be reinvested in new services that help close treatment gaps and help sustain the benefits for kid from treatment over time,” said Berglind

The members of the Human Services Committee are: Sentaors Mattie Hunter, Deanna Demuzio, William Delgado, Dan Kotowski, Heather Steans, Dave Syverson, Gary Dahl, Dan Duffy, and Dale Risinger.

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