(20 ILCS 105/4.04a)
    Sec. 4.04a. Illinois Long-Term Care Council.
    (a) Purpose. The purpose of this Section is to ensure that consumers over the age of 60 residing in facilities licensed or regulated under the Nursing Home Care Act, Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facilities Code, Sheltered Care Facilities Code, and the Illinois Veterans' Homes Code receive high quality long-term care through an effective Illinois Long-Term Care Council.
    (b) Maintenance and operation of the Illinois Long-Term Care Council.
        (1) The Department shall develop a fair and impartial
    
process for recruiting and receiving nominations for members for the Illinois Long-Term Care Council from the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, the area agencies on aging, regional ombudsman programs, provider agencies, and other public agencies, using a nomination form provided by the Department.
        (2) The Department shall appoint members to the
    
Illinois Long-Term Care Council in a timely manner.
        (3) The Department shall consider and act in good
    
faith regarding the Illinois Long-Term Care Council's annual report and its recommendations.
        (4) The Director shall appoint to the Illinois
    
Long-Term Care Council at least 18 but not more than 25 members.
    (c) Responsibilities of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, area agencies on aging, regional long-term care ombudsman programs, and provider agencies. The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and each area agency on aging, regional long-term care ombudsman program, and provider agency shall solicit names and recommend members to the Department for appointment to the Illinois Long-Term Care Council.
    (d) Powers and duties. The Illinois Long-Term Care Council shall do the following:
        (1) Make recommendations and comment on issues
    
pertaining to long-term care and the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to the Department.
        (2) Advise the Department on matters pertaining to
    
the quality of life and quality of care in the continuum of long-term care.
        (3) Evaluate, comment on reports regarding, and make
    
recommendations on, the quality of life and quality of care in long-term care facilities and on the duties and responsibilities of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
        (4) Prepare and circulate an annual report to the
    
Governor, the General Assembly, and other interested parties concerning the duties and accomplishments of the Illinois Long-Term Care Council and all other related matters pertaining to long-term care and the protection of residents' rights.
        (5) Provide an opportunity for public input at each
    
scheduled meeting.
        (6) Make recommendations to the Director, upon his or
    
her request, as to individuals who are capable of serving as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and who should make appropriate application for that position should it become vacant.
    (e) Composition and operation. The Illinois Long-Term Care Council shall be composed of at least 18 but not more than 25 members concerned about the quality of life in long-term care facilities and protecting the rights of residents, including members from long-term care facilities. The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman shall be a permanent member of the Long-Term Care Council. Members shall be appointed for a 4-year term with initial appointments staggered with 2-year, 3-year, and 4-year terms. A lottery will determine the terms of office for the members of the first term. Members may be reappointed to a term but no member may be reappointed to more than 2 consecutive terms. The Illinois Long-Term Care Council shall meet a minimum of 3 times per calendar year.
    (f) Member requirements. All members shall be individuals who have demonstrated concern about the quality of life in long-term care facilities. A minimum of 3 members must be current or former residents of long-term care facilities or the family member of a current or former resident of a long-term care facility. A minimum of 2 members shall represent current or former long-term care facility resident councils or family councils. A minimum of 4 members shall be selected from recommendations by organizations whose members consist of long-term care facilities. A representative of long-term care facility employees must also be included as a member. A minimum of 2 members shall be selected from recommendations of membership-based senior advocacy groups or consumer organizations that engage solely in legal representation on behalf of residents and immediate families. There shall be non-voting State agency members on the Long-Term Care Council from the following agencies: (i) the Department of Veterans' Affairs; (ii) the Department of Human Services; (iii) the Department of Public Health; (iv) the Department on Aging; (v) the Department of Healthcare and Family Services; (vi) the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; and (vii) others as appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)