Senator Adriane Johnson

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Adriane Johnson is leading a measure to improve access to residential treatment for youth in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services.

“It’s vital that we keep youth in care in need of residential treatment in Illinois,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “We must work to avoid out-of-state transfers or placements that can be disruptive to those with complex behavioral and mental health medical needs long term.”

Johnson’s measure would require the Department of Children and Family Services to develop a strategic plan to improve timely access to in-state residential treatment, evidence-based alternatives to treatment, and specialized foster care for youth in care with significant behavioral health needs.

“Youth in care of DCFS deserve timely care,” said Johnson. “It is our duty as a General Assembly to uplift and support the needs of these children who are far too often forgotten.”

House Bill 439 passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and goes to the full Senate for further deliberation.