§ 7.1. (a) To the fullest extent feasible, the Department shall cooperate with and shall
seek the cooperation and involvement of all appropriate public and private agencies,
including health, education, social service and law enforcement agencies, religious
institutions, courts of competent jurisdiction, and agencies, organizations, or programs
providing or concerned with human services related to the prevention, identification
or treatment of child abuse or neglect.
Such cooperation and involvement shall include joint consultation and services, joint
planning, joint case management, joint public education and information services,
joint utilization of facilities, joint staff development and other training, and the
creation of multidisciplinary case diagnostic, case handling, case management, and
policy planning teams. Such cooperation and involvement shall also include consultation and planning with
the Illinois Department of Human Services regarding referrals to designated perinatal
centers of newborn children requiring protective custody under this Act, whose life
or development may be threatened by a developmental disability or disabling condition.
For implementing such intergovernmental cooperation and involvement, units of local
government and public and private agencies may apply for and receive federal or State
funds from the Department under this Act or seek and receive gifts from local philanthropic
or other private local sources in order to augment any State funds appropriated for
the purposes of this Act.
(b) The Department may establish up to 5 demonstrations of multidisciplinary teams
to advise, review and monitor cases of child abuse and neglect brought by the Department
or any member of the team. The Director shall determine the criteria by which certain cases of child abuse
or neglect are brought to the multidisciplinary teams. The criteria shall include but not be limited to geographic area and classification
of certain cases where allegations are of a severe nature. Each multidisciplinary team shall consist of 7 to 10 members appointed by the Director,
including, but not limited to representatives from the medical, mental health, educational,
juvenile justice, law enforcement and social service fields.
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