(20 ILCS 1705/2)
(from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 100-2)
Definitions; administrative subdivisions.
(a) For the purposes of this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Department" means the Department of Human Services, successor to the former
Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
"Secretary" means the Secretary of Human Services.
(b) Unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) References in this Act to the programs or
facilities of the Department shall be construed to refer only to those programs or facilities of the Department that pertain to mental health or developmental disabilities.
(2) References in this Act to the Department's
service providers or service recipients shall be construed to refer only to providers or recipients of services that pertain to the Department's mental health and developmental disabilities functions.
(3) References in this Act to employees of the
Department shall be construed to refer only to employees whose duties pertain to the Department's mental health and developmental disabilities functions.
(c) The Secretary shall establish such subdivisions
of the Department as shall
be desirable and shall assign to the various subdivisions the responsibilities
and duties placed upon the Department by the Laws of the State of Illinois.
(d) There is established a coordinator of services to
deaf and hearing impaired persons with mental disabilities. In hiring this
coordinator, every consideration shall be given to qualified deaf or hearing
(e) Whenever the administrative director of the subdivision for mental
services is not a board-certified psychiatrist, the
Secretary shall appoint a Chief for Clinical Services who shall be a
board-certified psychiatrist with both clinical and administrative
experience. The Chief for Clinical Services shall be responsible for all
clinical and medical decisions for mental health services.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)