The Illinois Purchased Care Review Board is a state agency with jurisdiction over a wide variety of child-care issues including the placement and maintenance. The Illinois Department of Human Services created the IPCRB in order to supervise this oversight and ensure that Illinois’s children get the best care possible. Its members are the directors of children and family services, public health and human services, and the secretary of human services.
The IPA and IPCRB are tasked with setting standards for purchasing and providing residential care for children with developmental disabilities. The Board approves the usual and customary rates for the programs that qualify for Medicaid. To qualify for the program, the provider must operate two or more levels of residential care, have at least one locked facility, and serve 12 or fewer Illinois children. Further, the institution must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services.
The Illinois Purchased Care Review Board has the authority to approve or disapprove the usual and customary rates for special education programs that serve more than twelve Illinois students. The providers must provide residential care at least two levels and at least one locked facility. The rates for special education programs providing care for 12 or less children must be approved by this Board. To continue receiving Medicaid reimbursement, the state law requires that such programs be approved by the Illinois Purchased Car Review Board.
The Review Board is required to consider the wage increases that have been approved by the General Assembly for special education programs that serve less than 12 Illinois children. The compensation rate must be comparable to the wages that similar staff positions would receive in a residential community setting. The IPCRB must approve the usual rates and customary rates for special education programs. To ensure that such programs are affordable and reasonable, the state has established guidelines.
The Review Board is charged with approving the usual and customary rates of special education programs offered out-of-state providers. The program must be private and non-profit and serve 12 or less children in Illinois to qualify. It must be accredited by the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board. It must also adhere to the minimum wage standards set by the federal government. If the board finds that the Illinois PRCs are not meeting minimum wage requirements, it will not approve the programs.
The review board will not only examine the rates of special education programs but also the wage increases granted to front-line personnel, including direct support people and aides. The rate of residential care must not be higher than that of a similar community residential setting. The review board must also consider the number of Illinois students served by the institution. The reviews must take into account the quality of care provided by the institution.
The Review Board must approve the usual and customary rates of a special education program. The Board can review these fees and set the prices. These fees must be approved by the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board. For a private non-public provider to be approved by the IPCRB, it must meet certain criteria. The costs of the services provided should be consistent with the standards set by the state.
The Review Board will also examine the salaries of staff who provide care for children. The Illinois Purchased Care Review Board sets the minimum wage at $20 an hour. The IPCRB will also take into consideration the salaries of front-line workers who provide direct support. The average salary of these professionals must be at least $60,000 per year. The IPCRB will also consider the rate of aides at a public institution.
The Illinois Purchased Care Review Board will review the rates of non-public providers. The review board must approve private non-public providers’ usual and customary rates. The fee for an out-of state provider licensed by the state must be the same rate as for a public provider. The cost of an Illinois school-based residential program is regulated by the IPCRB.