RESCUE in Illinois

In 2018, the Illinois legislature passed SB 3015. The resulting statute, Public Act 100-0726, allows schools to stock “undesignated” asthma rescue medication. This statute also authorizes school nurses and trained personnel to administer medication in the event of a respiratory distress.

In 2023, the Legislature funded AAFA St. Louis to implement a statewide albuterol called RESCUE. Our grant, administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services, funds asthma medication and medical equipment in over 3,000 public K-12 schools across the state of Illinois with the goal of keeping kids in school and out of emergency rooms.

Illinois is home to approximately 234,000 children diagnosed with asthma and 42% have experienced an asthma attack within the last year.

Our established model enables students who have an asthma attack to quickly get the medication they need and return to class. We assist schools in each step of the process, ensuring you can administer potentially life-saving treatments effectively.

Register Your School

We’re excited to partner with your school to get equipment and resources into the hands of children who need them.

Submit Reports

We ask schools to submit regular reports about medicine and equipment usage so we can monitor RESCUE’s effectiveness.

Complete Training

Furthermore, we request all individuals who sign up for RESCUE to complete a training. Click here to access.

RESCUE is generously funded with a grant administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services. This grant enables AAFA-STL to obtain community and school district-wide prescriptions, purchase asthma equipment and train school officials.