Arc Comments on Maternal & Child Health Care Block Grant
The Arc of Illinois also has as one of it’s programs is our Family to Family Health
Information Center. In additions to assisting families who have special health care
needs, we comment annually on the MCHB Block Grant application. Below is our
commentary on this important grant.
Re: Comments on Application for 2015/Annual Report for 2013
Dear Ms. Palmer:
Thank you for affording us this opportunity to provide public input to the Illinois
Department of Public Health for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Block Grant application. We are very encouraged to learn about the progress
that Illinois is making in many important areas related to maternal and child
health in our state.
We are proud to inform you that The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health
Information Center celebrated its eighth year of operation on May 1, 2014. Early
in June 2014, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), MCHB
notified us that our funding under the Affordable Care Act was approved through
May 2015. We are part of a national network of fifty Family to Family Health
Information Centers (F2FHIC) funded by HRSA, MCHB. Our mission is to provide
information, resources and training opportunities to the families of all Illinois’
children and youth with special health care needs.
We continue to maintain a strong collaborative partnership with the University of
Illinois at Chicago, Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC). We look
forward to collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health as well.
We continue to reach out to the many families in our state who have children and
youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who are not diagnostically eligible
We have a number of general recommendations and concerns regarding
CYSHCN and their families served by Illinois’ MCHB Block Grant-funded initiatives.