We are proud to announce that on July 29, 2015, Governor Rauner signed into law HB2755 (Public Act 99-0180). This was an initiative that did two (2) things: (1) removed Long-Term Care Facilities for Under 22 (formerly referred to as SNF/Peds) from under the ID/DD Community Care Act by giving these facilities their own Act (MC/DD Act), and (2) changed the no longer applicable licensure name from Long-Term Care for Under 22 to Medically Complex for the Developmentally Disabled (MC/DD). In essence, this legislation made a much needed name change that would remove the connotation that these facilities are nursing homes for children. In doing so, it created a separate stand-alone Act so that these facilities will have the opportunity to address their ever-changing population.
On August 4, 2015, Chief-Sponsor, Senator Mattie Hunter, who has been an avid advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, sent out a press release announcing the new MC/DD Act. Senator Hunter stated that "Residents with life-long developmental disabilities receive care from as young as three months to 75 years of age." Hunter, a career advocate for public health and human services also added that "Protecting the ten specialized facilities across Illinois will make sure patients receive better care."