House Panel Ok’s Feigenholtz Bill to Capture an Extra $5 to $6 Million for Foster Care From Federal Government

(Springfield, IL) – An Illinois House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would enable the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to capture an additional $5 or $6 million from the

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz

federal government to help pay for foster children care.

The Illinois House State Government Administration Committee on Wednesday voted 17-0 to approve legislation, House Bil 3632, sponsored by State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago).

“Due to the current economic crisis, the DCFS fund that pays for care of abused and neglected children can no longer generate enough money to sustain current spending,” said Marge Berglind, President of Child Care Association of Illinois.

“The legislation sponsored by Rep. Feigenholtz will help fix that problem,” Berglind added.

DCFS has asked private child welfare agencies to voluntarily convert foster care and counseling services into Medicaid-claimable programs.

“We estimate that the fee-for-service conversion and enhanced Medicaid services could generate an additional $5-6 million for the FY2010 DCFS budget,” said Berglind. “And Rep. Feigenholtz’s bill will direct that money back to the fund to care for foster children.”

The committee members include State Representatives: Jack Franks, Lisa Dugan, Ron Wait, Suzanne Bassi, Mike Boland, Mike Bost, Will Burns, Annazette Collins, Fred Crespo, Monique Davis, Keith Farnham, Paul Froehlich, Emily McAsey, Don Moffitt, Rich Myers, Raymond Poe, and Harry Ramey.

The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

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