(20 ILCS 3955/5) (from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 705)
    Sec. 5. (a) The Commission shall establish throughout the State such regions as it considers appropriate to effectuate the purposes of the Authority under this Act, taking into account the requirements of State and federal statutes; population; civic, health and social service boundaries; and other pertinent factors.
    (b) The Commission shall act through its divisions as provided in this Act.
    (c) The Commission shall establish general policy guidelines for the operation of the Legal Advocacy Service, Human Rights Authority and State Guardian in furtherance of this Act. Any action taken by a regional authority is subject to the review and approval of the Commission. The Commission, acting on a request from the Director, may disapprove any action of a regional authority, in which case the regional authority shall cease such action.
    (d) The Commission shall hire a Director and staff to carry out the powers and duties of the Commission and its divisions pursuant to this Act and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission. All staff other than the Director shall be subject to the Personnel Code.
    (e) The Commission shall review and evaluate the operations of the divisions.
    (f) The Commission shall operate subject to the provisions of the Illinois Procurement Code.
    (g) The Commission shall prepare its budget.
    (h) The Commission shall prepare an annual report on its operations and submit the report to the Governor and the General Assembly.
    The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall be satisfied by filing copies of the report with the Speaker, the Minority Leader and the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the President, the Minority Leader and the Secretary of the Senate and the Legislative Research Unit, as required by Section 3.1 of "An Act to revise the law in relation to the General Assembly", approved February 25, 1874, and filing such additional copies with the State Government Report Distribution Center for the General Assembly as is required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the State Library Act.
    (i) The Commission shall establish rules and regulations for the conduct of the work of its divisions, including rules and regulations for the Legal Advocacy Service and the State Guardian in evaluating an eligible person's or ward's financial resources for the purpose of determining whether the eligible person or ward has the ability to pay for legal or guardianship services received. The determination of the eligible person's financial ability to pay for legal services shall be based upon the number of dependents in the eligible person's family unit and the income, liquid assets and necessary expenses, as prescribed by rule of the Commission of: (1) the eligible person; (2) the eligible person's spouse; and (3) the parents of minor eligible persons. The determination of a ward's ability to pay for guardianship services shall be based upon the ward's estate. An eligible person or ward found to have sufficient financial resources shall be required to pay the Commission in accordance with standards established by the Commission. No fees may be charged for legal services given unless the eligible person is given notice at the start of such services that such fees might be charged. No fees may be charged for guardianship services given unless the ward is given notice of the request for fees filed with the probate court and the court approves the amount of fees to be assessed. All fees collected shall be deposited with the State Treasurer and placed in the Guardianship and Advocacy Fund. The Commission shall establish rules and regulations regarding the procedures of appeal for clients prior to termination or suspension of legal services. Such rules and regulations shall include, but not be limited to, client notification procedures prior to the actual termination, the scope of issues subject to appeal, and procedures specifying when a final administrative decision is made.
    (j) The Commission shall take such actions as it deems necessary and appropriate to receive private, federal and other public funds to help support the divisions and to safeguard the rights of eligible persons. Private funds and property may be accepted, held, maintained, administered and disposed of by the Commission, as trustee, for such purposes for the benefit of the People of the State of Illinois pursuant to the terms of the instrument granting the funds or property to the Commission.
    (k) The Commission may expend funds under the State's plan to protect and advocate the rights of persons with a developmental disability established under the federal Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Act (Public Law 94-103, Title II). If the Governor designates the Commission to be the organization or agency to provide the services called for in the State plan, the Commission shall make these protection and advocacy services available to persons with a developmental disability by referral or by contracting for these services to the extent practicable. If the Commission is unable to so make available such protection and advocacy services, it shall provide them through persons in its own employ.
    (l) The Commission shall, to the extent funds are available, monitor issues concerning the rights of eligible persons and the care and treatment provided to those persons, including but not limited to the incidence of abuse or neglect of eligible persons. For purposes of that monitoring the Commission shall have access to reports of suspected abuse or neglect and information regarding the disposition of such reports, subject to the provisions of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-271, eff. 1-1-10.)