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The draft waiver application will be posted on August 26, 2016, at the Public Notices link located on the HFS web site:



Summary of Hearing: The hearing will provide the opportunity to learn about and provide input into Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ (DHFS’) proposed Section 1115 Demonstration. This Demonstration sets forth a plan to transform behavioral health in Illinois with the goals of improving access, quality, and cost effectiveness. The demonstration aims to promote a robust complement of core, preventative, and supportive behavioral health services as well as the integration of behavioral and physical health for both higher-needs and lowerneeds behavioral health customers.

This Demonstration aims to help Illinois achieve its vision for its behavioral health system that:

1. Provides a digitally enabled system to identify and support customers,
2. Provides a comprehensive suite of quality services,
3. Integrates behavioral and physical health, and
4. Is supported by an effective streamlined state system.

The draft waiver application will be posted on August 26, 2016, at the Public Notices link located on the HFS web site:

Date, Time and Location of Public Hearing:
Thursday, September 8, 2016 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Howlett Auditorium Michael J. Howlett Building
501 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62756

Friday, September 9, 2016 (There will be a conference line option for this meeting. Call-in information will be posted with the waiver information at the web site and link provided above.) 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Assembly Hall Auditorium James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601

Other Pertinent Information:

  • Persons must sign in at the registration desk located outside of the public hearing location.
  • Persons wishing to provide oral testimony will indicate such during registration and must submit a written copy of the testimony at that time.
  •  Written testimony from those choosing not to speak will also be accepted during the registration period.
  • Speakers will be heard on a first come, first served basis.
  • Individuals giving oral testimony are asked to limit their comments to three minutes.
  • Organizations are asked to select one spokesperson to present oral testimony on behalf of the organization and will be asked to limit their comments to five minutes.
  • To assist the orderly conduct of the hearing and to ensure that the opinions of all interested individuals and/or groups are considered, the Department may impose other rules of procedure as necessary, including, but not limited to, adjusting the time limit or the order of presentation.

Name and address of Agency Contact Person: Any interested party may direct comments, data, views or arguments concerning these proposed changes. All comments not provided at the hearing must be in writing and received by September 25, 2016, and addressed to:


Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Division of Medical Programs Bureau of Program and Policy Coordination
201 South Grand Avenue East
Springfield, IL 62794

Email address:

This notice is being provided in accordance with federal requirements provided at 42 CFR 431.408.


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Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)