(20 ILCS 3930/7.1)
Sexual assault nurse examiner pilot program.
(a) Legislative findings and intent. The General Assembly finds that
the compassionate treatment of sexual assault victims in hospital emergency
necessary to help alleviate the suffering of sexual assault victims. The
also finds that the effective collection and presentation of forensic evidence
assault cases is necessary to increase the success rate of prosecutions for sex
The General Assembly intends to create a pilot program to establish 4 sexual
assault nurse examiner (SANE) projects in the State of Illinois. For each
specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners or specially trained sexual
assault physician examiners will provide health
collect forensic evidence from sexual assault victims in the emergency room.
The sexual assault nurse
examiners or sexual assault physician examiners will also testify to victims'
injuries during criminal prosecutions.
(b) Definitions. In this Section:
(1) "Sexual assault nurse examiner" means a
registered nurse who has completed a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) training program that meets the Forensic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education Guidelines established by the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
(2) "Sexual assault physician examiner" means a
physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches who has completed a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) training program that meets the Forensic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education Guidelines established by the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
(3) "Hospital" means a facility licensed by the
Department of Public Health under the Hospital Licensing Act or that meets both the definition of hospital and the exemption provisions of that Act.
(4) "Hospital emergency services" means the health
care delivered to outpatients within or under the care and supervision of personnel working in a designated emergency department or emergency room of a hospital.
(c) SANE pilot program. The Authority shall, subject to appropriation,
a SANE pilot program to operate 4 pilot projects in Illinois. The projects
shall be established
in the emergency rooms of hospitals in 4 counties geographically distributed
throughout the State. Hospitals located throughout the State may apply to the
Authority to participate in the program. Each project must provide the
(1) Compassionate health assessment and effective
forensic evidence collection for sexual assault victims by a trained sexual assault nurse examiner or sexual assault physician examiner in a hospital emergency room as part of the provision of hospital emergency services.
(2) Presentation of testimony regarding victims'
injuries during criminal prosecutions for sex offenses.
(d) Each of the SANE projects established under this pilot program must,
at a minimum, meet the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Standards of Practice
established by the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
(e) Each of the 4 pilot projects established by the Authority
under this Section shall be
existence for a minimum of 3 years.
(f) Report. No later than 2 years after the establishment of
this Section, the Authority must report to the General Assembly on the efficacy
(g) Rules. The Authority shall adopt rules to implement this
(Source: P.A. 91-529, eff. 1-1-00.)