Community Health

Policies that address community health help improve our communities and are focused on priorities for the system in four key areas:  1) improving social, economic and structural determinants of health. 2) improving mental and behavioral health, 3) preventing and reducing chronic disease, and 4) providing access to care and services.

Improving Social, Economic and Structural Determinants of Health

2019 Legislation

  • House Bill 2345: Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall make grants to units of local government and school districts for the redevelopment of unused public buildings into housing units to be rented at below-market rates. STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • Senate Bill 1290:Creates the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act. Provides that, with exceptions, a landlord shall not threaten to disclose or actually disclose information regarding or relating to the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant. STATUS: Public Act as of August 21, 2019.
  • House Bill 2896:Creates the Diversity in Health Care Professions Task Force. Provides that the Director of Public Health shall serve as the chairperson of the Task Force and it shall also be comprised of 2 dentists, 2 medical doctors, 2 nurses, 2 optometrists, 2 pharmacists, 2 physician assistants, 2 podiatrists, and 2 public health practitioners. STATUS: Public Act as of August 9, 2019.
  • Senate Bill 1165:Provides that the Behavioral Health Education Center Task Force must recognize that the behavioral health workforce is comprised of a broad range of professions providing prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services for mental health conditions and substance use disorders. STATUS: Public Act as of August 2, 2019.

2018 Legislation

  • House Bill 681: Amends the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption to allow the taxpayer’s household income to be reduced by any amounts paid as Medicare premiums.  STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration. CATEGORY: Housing
  • Senate Bill 35: Provides that the Attorney General shall publish model policies limiting assistance with immigration enforcement ensuring that the following facilities remain safe and accessible to all residents of this State, regardless of immigration status: (1) State-funded schools; (2) State-funded medical treatment and health care facilities; (3) public libraries; (4) facilities operated by the Office of the Secretary of State; and (5) courts in this State.  STATUS: Vetoed by the Governor. Learn more here.  CATEGORY: Immigration
  • Senate Bill 1704: Allows victims of human trafficking to apply to vacate certain convictions incurred while he or she was being trafficked. STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.  CATEGORY: Violence Prevention & Safety
  • Senate Bill 2431: Provides that a taxpayer who has been granted a homestead exemption for veterans with disabilities need not reapply if he or she has been found by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled.   STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.  CATEGORY: Housing
  • Senate Bill 2461: The Department of Children and Family Services shall develop, within the agency or with external partners, specialized placements for youth in the Department’s care who are victims of sex trafficking.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.  CATEGORY: Violence Prevention & Safety
  • Senate Bill 2890: Requires the Department of Public Health to publish on its website a list of each residential property and commercial property subject to a mitigation order requiring lead abatement.  STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.  CATEGORY: Housing
  • Senate Bill 2996: Amends the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act to change the definition of “elevated blood lead level” to reflect the most recent reference value from the CDC. In addition, makes other changes to rules that will assist the Department in its efforts to prevent, reduce, or mitigate the negative impact of instances of lead poisoning among children.   STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.  CATEGORY: Housing
  • Senate Bill 3103: A landlord shall not require disclosures of, disclose, intimidate, harass, or evict a tenant on the basis of a person’s immigration or citizenship status. STATUS: Vetoed by the Governor. Learn more here.  CATEGORY: Housing
  • Senate Bill 3109: The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall allow an applicant to provide his or her individual taxpayer identification number as an alternative to providing a social security number when applying for a license. No applicant shall be denied a license solely based on his or her immigration or citizen status.   STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.  CATEGORY: Immigration
  • Senate Bill 3232: Creates a 5-year demonstration project to provide an intensive workforce training program for entry level workers and multi-generational healthy family initiative.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.  CATEGORY: Workforce Training

Improving Mental and Behavioral Health

2019 Legislation

  • House Bill 5:Requires the Department of Human Services to ensure access to substance use and mental health services statewide for pregnant and postpartum women, and to ensure that programs are gender-responsive, are trauma-informed, serve women and young children, and prioritize justice-involved pregnant and postpartum women.STATUS: Public Act as of August 23, 2019.
  • House Bill 2767:Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides that minimum in-service training requirements, which a police officer must satisfactorily complete every 3 years, shall include mental health awareness and response as reflected in the Illinois Mental Health First Aid Training Act. STATUS: Public Act as of August 7, 2019.
  • House Bill 907:Directs the Department of Public Health Powers to create and maintain an online database and resource page on its website contains mental health resources specifically geared towards school counselors, parents, and teachers.STATUS: Public Act as of July 12, 2019.
  • House Bill 908: Creates the Higher Education Mental Health Act. Requires the Board of Higher Education to establish the Advisory Commission on Serving and Supporting Students with Mental Health Disabilities in Institutions of Higher Education.STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Bill 2152:Creates the Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act. Provides that to raise mental health awareness on college campuses, each public college or university in this State must complete specified tasks.STATUS: Public Act as of August 9, 2019.
  • House Bill 2154:Provides that, for recipients of public aid by the Department of Children and Family Services, participation in substance abuse treatment, drug testing, parenting classes, anger management, domestic violence counseling, evaluations, or any other activities specified in the service plan shall count as an approvable job search activity under TANF employment, education, and training programs; the SNAP Employment and Training Program; and any job search, training, and work programs authorized under Article IX of the Code. STATUS: Public Act as of August 29, 2019.
  • Senate Bill 2085: Requires an individual or group policy of accident and health insurance or managed care organization that provides mental health benefits to provide reimbursement for benefits that are delivered through the psychiatric Collaborative Care Model.STATUS: Public Act as of August 23, 2019.

2018 Legislation

  • House Bill 1464: Provides that if the court reasonably believes that a pre-trial detainee will give birth while in custody, the court shall order an alternative to custody.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • House Bill 4331: Provides that in every case in which an opioid overdose is determined to be a contributing factor in a death, the coroner shall report the death and the age, gender, race, and county of residence, if known, of the decedent to the Department of Public Health.  STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Bill 5109: Creates a loan repayment program for eligible mental health and substance use professionals practicing in a community mental health center in an under served or rural federally designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Area.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • House Resolution 683: Designates February 5-9, 2018 as National School Counseling Week.  STATUS: Resolution adopted.
  • Senate Bill 1707: Requires both commercial insurers and Medicaid managed care organizations to submit detailed analyses in order to demonstrate compliance with the Illinois parity law and the Federal Parity Act – particularly with regard to non-quantitative treatment limitations (NQTLs).  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • Senate Bill 2951: Starts a pilot program under which a qualifying adolescent may receive community-based mental health treatment from a youth-focused community support team.  STATUS: Public Act as of August 21, 2018.
  • Senate Bill 3023: Allows a law enforcement agency to establish a program to facilitate contact between a person and a licensed substance abuse treatment provider for assessment and coordination of treatment.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • Senate Bill 3117: Requires the Department of Human Services to develop and maintain an online registry for recovery residences that operate in Illinois to serve as a referral resource for individuals seeking continued recovery assistance.  STATUS: Referred to Rules Committee in the House, no longer under consideration.
  • Senate Resolution 994: Declares April of 2018 as Prevent Child Abuse America Month in the State of Illinois.  STATUS: Resolution adopted.
  • Senate Resolution 1371: Declares the month of March of 2018 as Social Work Month in the State of Illinois. STATUS: Resolution adopted.
  • Senate Joint Resolution 50: Declares domestic violence a public health priority for the State of Illinois and urges the state to make available all necessary resources to combat this epidemic.  STATUS: Resolution is no longer under consideration.

Preventing and Reducing Chronic Disease

2019 Legislation

  • House bill 3247:Creates the Parkinson’s Disease Public Awareness and Education Act. Provides that the Director of Public Health shall establish a Parkinson’s Disease Public Awareness and Education Program. Provides that the purpose of the Program shall be to promote public awareness of Parkinson’s disease and the value of early detection and possible treatments, including the benefits and risks of those treatments.STATUS: Public Act as of July 12, 2019.
  • House Resolution 225:Recognizes World Preeclampsia Day.STATUS: Resolution adopted as of May 15, 2019.
  • Senate Joint Resolution 35:Creates the Addiction Prevention Task Force to study chronic and binge drinking in Illinois and suggest recommendations to the General Assembly on strengthening and expanding the statewide addiction prevention system.STATUS: Adopted as of June 1, 2019.

2018 Legislation

  • House Bill 4568: Removes the repeal date for the Healthy Local Food Incentives Program. STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.  CATEGORY:  Food Access
  • House Bill 4685: Allows students to possess and use sunscreen while on school property or school-sponsored event without a physician’s prescription.  STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Bill 5745: Provides that any nursing mother shall be excused from jury service upon request.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • Senate Bill 2332: Raises the age for whom tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products may be sold from at least 18 years of age to at least 21 years of age.  STATUS: Vetoed by the Governor. Learn more here.
  • Senate Bill 2428: Provides that every school in this State shall provide a federally reimbursable lunch to a student of that school who requests the lunch, regardless of whether the student has the ability to pay for the lunch or owes money for earlier lunches.  STATUS: Public Act as of August 26, 2018.  CATEGORY:  Food Access
  • Senate Bill 2572: Amends the School Code to allow a school board to determine the schedule or frequency of physical education courses, provided that there is a minimum of 150 minutes of physical education per week.  STATUS: Vetoed by the Governor. Learn more here.
  • Senate Bill 2588: Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code to delete language repealing the Healthy Local Food Incentives Program on June 30, 2019.  STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.  CATEGORY:  Food Access
  • Senate Bill 2606: Provides that each State agency entering into or maintaining a contract for the purchase of food under the Code shall adopt a policy that permits the donation of leftover food procured by State funds.  STATUS: Public Act as of August 3, 2018.  CATEGORY:  Food Access
  • Senate Bill 2868: Creates an income tax checkoff for contributions to the Hunger Relief Fund.   STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.  CATEGORY:  Food Access
  • Senate Bill 3115: Changes and increases to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program based on the federal poverty guidelines.  STATUS: Passed both the House and the Senate, awaits the signature of the Governor.
  • Senate Resolution 1153: Urges the U.S. Congress to support funding for the research of Lyme disease and to further promote awareness of the effects of Lyme disease in the United States. STATUS: Resolution adopted.
  • Senate Resolution 1369: Designates the month of October as Eczema Awareness Month.   STATUS: Resolution adopted.
  • Senate Resolution 1408: Declares March 1-7, 2018 as KCNQ2 Encephalopathy Awareness Week.  STATUS: Resolution adopted.
  • Senate Resolution 1419: Declares March of 2018 as “Endometriosis Awareness Month” in the State of Illinois. STATUS: Resolution adopted.

Providing Access to Care and Services

2019 Legislation

  • Senate Bill 162:In provisions concerning coverage for mammograms, provides that coverage shall also include a diagnostic mammogram when medically necessary, as determined by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant.STATUS: Public Act as of August 29 2019.
  • Senate Bill 1425:Amends the Suicide Prevention, Education, and Treatment Act. STATUS: Public Act as of August 9, 2019.
  • Senate Bill 1808:Provides that in order to intercept and divert youth in care from experiencing homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, and other similar outcomes the Department of Children and Family Services and several specified agencies shall enter into an interagency agreement for the purpose of providing preventive services to youth in care and young adults who are aging-out of or have recently aged out of the custody or guardianship of the Department. STATUS:Public Act as of July 26 2019.
  • Senate Bill 1890:Provides that whenever the appearance in person in court is required of anyone held in a place of custody or confinement operated by the State or any of its political subdivisions, the chief judge of the circuit by rule may permit the personal appearance to be made by means of two-way audio-visual communication. STATUS: Public Act as of June 20, 2019.
  • Senate Resolution 372:Amends the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title. STATUS: Resolution adopted as of May 24, 2019

2018 Legislation

  • Senate Bill 2429: Provides dental services to an adult who is otherwise eligible for assistance under the medical assistance program.  STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Bill 4281: Provides that at least once every 2 years, a school board shall conduct an in-service training program for all personnel on the identification of the signs of homelessness in adolescents and teens and shall be taught appropriate referral techniques. STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Bill 4821: No individual or group policy insurance shall limit or exclude coverage for a drug to treat stage 4 advanced metastatic cancer. STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • House Bill 4392: Requires providers of mammography services to notify patients whose mammogram demonstrates dense breast tissue.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.