Illinois House Panel Advances Rep. Joe Lyon’s Bill to Win $17 Million from Feds for Illinois Foster Children Care

State Rep. Joe Lyons

(Springfield, IL) — April 14, 2010. An Illinois House panel today unanimously approved a bill that would enable the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to capture an additional $17 million from the federal government to help pay for Illinois foster children care.

The House Human Services Committee backed the legislation, Senate Bill 3420, sponsored by State Rep. Joe Lyons (D-Chicago) by a 7-0 bi-partisan vote. Committee members include: Naomi Jakobsson (D), Connie Howard (D), Patty Bellock (R), Sandy Cole (R), Annazette Collins (D), Mary Flowers (D), and Tim Schmitz (R).

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

“The legislation will cost the state nothing. All the new money would come from the federal government.”

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

In addition to Lyons, House sponsors include: Naomi Jakobsson (D), Sara Feigenholtz (D), Pat Verschoore (D), Jehan Gordon (D), David Leitch (D), Paul Froehlich (D), LaShawn Ford (D) and Tom Holbrook (D).

The legislation now moves to consideration by the full House.

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