(20 ILCS 105/4.04a)
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
programs, and provider agencies. The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and each
area agency on aging, regional long-term
ombudsman program, and provider agency shall solicit names and
recommend members to the Department for appointment to the Illinois Long-Term
(d) Powers and duties. The Illinois Long-Term Care Council shall do the
(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
(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
including members from long-term care facilities.
The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman shall be a permanent member of the
Long-Term Care Council.
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
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
facility. A minimum of 2 members shall represent current or former long-term
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
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)
Department of Public Health; (iv) the Department on Aging; (v) the Department
Healthcare and Family Services; (vi) the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; and
others as appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)