Illinois News Bureau – New Illinois law improves access to services for young children with disabilities or delays

By SHARITA FORREST, November 1, 2022

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Trauma, neglect and abuse can have significant long-term effects on young children’s mental health, behavior and ability to learn, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Under a new Illinois law, children up to age 3 who are involved in the state’s child welfare system are now automatically eligible for early intervention services such as speech or behavioral therapy that have the potential to mitigate the effects of these adverse experiences and establish the foundations for healthy development.