COVID-19 Resources & Updates

Publisher: Melissa Franada

With the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and recent Executive Orders issued by Governor JB Pritzker’s office, our organization is working to consolidate information and resources for our members. ICOY does not provide public health, safety, or legal advice, however.

First, our goal is to collect questions related to COVID-19 masking and vaccination mandates, in addition to related topics. The ICOY team will reach out to appropriate state agency contacts for guidance. With that said, we strongly urge each organization to seek advice from their appropriate legal and HR departments to determine if or how Executive Orders within the State apply to each agency. These respective departments should also support organizations to develop appropriate policies and protocols.

Second, our goal is to collect and provide resources. These may be from state agencies, fellow non-profit organizations, and similar institutions. In addition, we will share relevant articles from news outlets.

Please direct any questions related to State Mandates to ICOY Policy Analyst Cameron Zelaya. Thank you for your continued partnership and collaboration. Also, we appreciate patience as we try our best to obtain answers to all of our providers’ questions.

ICOY COVID-19 Shared Drive

Access the ICOY COVID-19 Mask and Vaccination Guidance and Resources Google Drive.

Department of Health & Human Services

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing this guidance on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage and reimbursement of COVID-19 testing under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Pub. L. No. 117-2). Additionally, CMS is issuing this guidance to clarify that, only during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), states may cover habilitation services provided to children under section 1915(c) and section 1915(i) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to facilitate the delivery of remote learning if the habilitation services are not available through the local educational agency, and the individuals are enrolled in a section 1915(c) waiver and/or 1915(i) program. CMS will apply the interpretations of statute in this guidance on a prospective basis beginning with the date of issuance of this letter….” Read the full guidance.

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources from the DCFS Guardianship Administrator for Youth in Care 

Vaccination resources on consents, vaccine ability, general information, parent/ caregiver challenges, documentation, and tracking and monitoring are available. Read the full document. To request a group vaccination on-site event, email to DCFS.CLINICALCOVID19@ILLINOIS.GOV with “Group Vaccine Request” in the subject line and include: Name of the organization  |  DCFS Region and location of the proposed event  |  Approximate number of individuals  |  Requestor’s contact information

This guidance applies to DCFS congregate facilities. Please see the flyer.

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH): COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

To assist in communicating with youth and families, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has shared resources on COVID-19 prevention and testing, vaccine access. In addition, these resources support organizations to plan and host successful vaccination events.

Important contacts:

  • Contact Beth Heller: schools looking for more information on testing or to sign up for SHIELD Illinois testing.
  • Contact Flore Cogswell: organizations interested in hosting a group vaccination event. Flore is an IDPH representatie and point of contact at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) for Mass Vaccination efforts at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). 

For more information on vaccination eligibility, visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response page or the City of Chicago page.

Additionally, HFS is seeking COVID-19 vaccination support by asking Medicaid providers and Associations to help to get all eligible Medicaid recipients and Illinoisians vaccinated against COVID-19. The link includes access to various tool kits and suggested actions.

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Executive Order 2021-22 applies to all Certified Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), Supervised, Crisis, and Supportive Residential Settings, and their staff. It applies to all Health Care Workers as defined in the Order, not just to those who see clients/patients.

With this in mind, please review Executive Order 2021-22 for additional details.  Furthermore, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that provides more information on the requirements of the order. View the full statement from the Google Drive.

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