Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
FFY 2012 Annual Progress and Services Report
70% (67%) of caregivers in the control group enter treatment within twelve month (360
days. This difference is statistically significant.
Madison and St. Clair Counties:
Between July 15, 2007 and December 31, 2010 a total of 232 AODA assessments were
completed in Madison and St. Clair Counties. Of the 232 caregivers assessed, all met
eligibility requirements for assignment to the waiver; of these, 161 caregivers (69%) were
assigned to the experimental group and 71 (31%) were assigned to the control group.
Of the 161 clients assigned to the experimental group, treatment data have been collected
on 91 “active clients”, including 38 (42%) who are currently engaged in treatment, 11
(12%) that recently completed treatment, 9 (10%) for whom initial treatment is pending,
and 33 (36%) who entered but failed to complete treatment.
Of the 91 clients who ever participated in treatment, 6 clients (7%) have been engaged in
treatment for more than one year, 10 clients (11%) have been engaged in services
between 6 and 12 months, 27 clients (30%) have been in treatment between 3 and 6
months, and 33 clients (36%) have been in treatment for less than 90 days.
Combined outcome evaluation findings for Cook, Madison, and St. Clair Counties are as
As of December 31, 2011, 626 children (19%) in the experimental group had been
reunified with a biological parent compared to 231 children (16%) in the control group, a
statistically significant difference. Net permanency rates (reunification, adoption, and
guardianship combined) for closed cases as of December 31, 2011 were 50% (1,607
children) for the experimental group and 44% (644 children) for the control group, a
statistically significant difference.
To compare long term permanence rates, data was collected on 2,467 cases for five years.
Comparing control and experimental groups on five-year-later living arrangements,
children in the demonstration group were significantly more likely to achieve
permanence through reunification (33% vs. 27%) and adoption (33% vs. 31%).
Consequentially, a smaller proportion of children in experimental group were still in
foster care at the five year mark (15% vs. 23%).
Time to reunification for children in the experimental group is shorter than for children in
the control group, with reunified experimental group children spending an average of 855
days in out-of-home placement compared with 1,056 days for reunified children in the
control group, a statistically significant difference of 201 days. With regard to time in
out-of-home care before adoption, the experimental group averaged 1,455 days compared
to 1,444 days for the control group; this difference was not statistically significant.
Between April 2000 and December 2011 Recovery Coaches were able to close 48% of
experimental group cases within three years, in contrast to only 40% of control group
cases that closed within three years.
Cost Neutrality: Is the waiver demonstration cost neutral? As of December 2010 the cumulative
waiver cost savings totaled $6,663,529. Thus, the waiver remains cost neutral – more precisely –
generating savings that the State can then reinvest in other child welfare services.
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