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IL 1915(c) MH Waiver Development Progresses

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health, in conjunction with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services held its second Stakeholder’s Forum on October 27,2010 to review their progress on the development of a Medicaid 1915(c) mental health waiver. ¬†Upon approval by CMS, Illinois’ 1915(c) waiver will be one of the few nationwide that is targeted towards supporting those with serious mental illnesses who currently reside in nursing facilities or who meet that level of need. ¬†Parker Dennison & Associates is assisting the state in the development of the waiver and public documents related to the development process may be found at IL 1915(c) Waiver.

IL Consent Decree Approved

On September 30, 2010 the consent decree representing agreement to offer community living arrangements to over 4300 individuals with mental illnesses currently residing in Illinois institutes for mental disease (IMDs) was approved. Over 5 years, Illinois will offer transition to permanent supported housing or similar community settings for the class members. A draft implementation plan must be completed within 135 days while the final implementation plan must be agreed to by all parties in no more than 90 days. A similar case (Colbert v Quinn) applying to a broader population of individuals residing in nursing facilities is working its way through the settlement process.

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