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DECEMBER 9-10, 2015








Join your CCAI colleagues for our Winter Membership Meeting at Joliet Junior College. This 1 ½ day event addresses emerging trends confronting our service industry that will impact your agency and its child and family programs. Our meeting is geared to provide information, ideas to provoke discussion in your own organizations and opportunities for dialogue and planning among our member agencies and state partners.


Illinois is firmly in the midst of moving Medicaid populations into Managed Care arrangements for behavioral and health services. This includes many of the adults that CCAI agencies serve: biological parents of children in care, adult caregivers, older youth who are entering the adult care systems and clients in other youth, juvenile and special education systems. We can predict that going forward in most areas of the state, the majority of behavioral health/mental health services will be run through MCO arrangements. This trend is increasingly affecting how our agencies with a behavioral health focus are providing services now---but will also change how we as child welfare and child service agencies continue our work with specific vulnerable populations. We have already seen proposed legislation that would move DCFS wards into Managed Care for all health needs. Although still in proposal stage, we could very well see such an MCO system applied to our children in care—as well as to their parents and caregivers. This will have implications on services, Medicaid service provisions and rates for our agencies.


Illinois also received a 2 year planning grant from the federal government to plan for implementation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. While there are many unknowns in this process, eventually CCBHCs will need to partner with specialty organizations (such as children’s providers) to deliver services under the same requirements as CCBHCs. This will also provide opportunities with new organizational requirements for our agencies.


What are the connecting points between children’s services and the expansion of Managed Care/Coordinated Care efforts in Illinois? How do you assess your agency’s readiness to work with MCOs or to continue to expand your efforts in contracting with MCOs to provide behavioral health? What are opportunities in the future?  


The System of Care concept is also developing in Illinois—not just through DCFS pilot projects but in planning efforts across all state human service agencies. CCAI member agencies are in a unique position to help drive change efforts and provide services but to help build a system that makes sense for our children and families. Our dialogue with state agency directors will provide a unique opportunity for members to be part of that change.


We encourage participation by key members of your leadership team.  These are definitely topics that will affect not only you as executives but your program, finance and quality staff, as well.


Wednesday, December 9



Strategic Challenges for Children’s Agencies in a Managed Care Environment


Presentation and Discussion, by Paul S. Neitman, LMSW. Senior Associate with OPEN MINDS


I. Brief Overview of National Trends

II. Are You Ready for a Change?

III. Managed Care in Illinois

IV. Strategic Challenges in Working with Managed Care Entities

V. Assessing Managed Care Readiness in Your Organization

VI. Collaboration to Gain Market Positioning and Competitive Advantage

VII. Options for Partnering with FQHCs and ACOs

VIII. Discussion


Thursday, December 10



Joint Planning Efforts for System of Care Across State Agencies


Illinois State Agency Directors will discuss their joint planning ideas and efforts to better integrate state human services and develop a system of care in communities.  Part of the discussion will be how the state agencies plan to finance efforts to develop the community system. There will be ample time for discussion with CCAI members. We are working to confirm representatives from other state agencies, as well.



·        George Sheldon, Director, Children and Family Services

·        James Dimas, Secretary,  Human Services


Next Steps For CCAI Members


Open Discussion with Members on what lies ahead, areas of focus for CCAI, and areas of assistance member agencies might need. 


 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEES (Registration and Payment Received by  NOVEMBER 20TH)

       $125------ First Attendee from Agency

       $80------- Each Additional Attendee from Same Agency


Regular Registration 

    $160--------First Attendee from Agency

    $115-------Each Additional Attendee from Same Agency

Please note, additional payment options are available and a Pay Pal account is not necessary. You can have the payment withdrawn directly from your bank account or use a credit or debit card.  Please select the number of attendees you wish to register from the table below to pay online.  If you do elect to pay online please download the registration form below to provide us with the name, email address and cell phone contact of the individuals that will be attending.

If you wish to pay by check you can download our registration form HERE


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Hotel accommodations can be arranged by calling 815-725-2424.


Joliet Junior College is conveniently located just north of I-80 and just west of I-55.  We’ll send more specific directions upon registration.

CCAI Cancellation Policy: You must cancel in writing (fax: 217-528-6498, e-mail: by December 1st. An administrative charge of $50 will be withheld for cancellations.

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