Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Nursing Home Care Act, the MC/DD Act, and the ID/DD Community Care Act. Changes provisions concerning complaints. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall require, instead of request, specified identifying information from complainants. Provides that such identifying information will be kept confidential and complainants shall be made aware that the information is confidential. Provides that the complainant shall be informed of possible sanctions for knowingly or willfully transmitting a false report to the Department. Requires the Department to impose a civil penalty of $250 on complainants if it has a good faith belief that a complaint is frivolous, intended to harass, or intended to defraud the Department. Requires the Department to maintain an internal list of such complainants. Provides that complaints may be classified as "false reports". Provides that false reports shall also be considered disorderly conduct under the Criminal Code of 2012. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Amends the Nursing Home Care Act, the MC/DD Act, and the ID/DD Community Care Act. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall keep an internal list of specified violators for the purpose of allowing the Department to take action against persons who knowingly transmit a false report pursuant to specified provisions (rather than requiring the Department to impose a specified monetary penalty and keep an internal list). Makes other changes.