(225 ILCS 65/70-10) (was 225 ILCS 65/10-50)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-513)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 70-10. Intoxication and drug abuse.
    (a) Any nurse who is an administrator or officer in any hospital, nursing home, other health care agency or facility, or nurse agency and has knowledge of any action or condition which reasonably indicates that a registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse is impaired due to the use of alcohol or mood altering drugs to the extent that such impairment adversely affects such nurse's professional performance, or unlawfully possesses, uses, distributes or converts mood altering drugs belonging to the place of employment, shall promptly report the individual to the Department or designee of the Department; provided however, an administrator or officer need not file the report if the nurse participates in a course of remedial professional counseling or medical treatment for substance abuse, as long as such nurse actively pursues such treatment under monitoring by the administrator or officer or by the hospital, nursing home, health care agency or facility, or nurse agency and the nurse continues to be employed by such hospital, nursing home, health care agency or facility, or nurse agency. The Department shall review all reports received by it in a timely manner. Its initial review shall be completed no later than 60 days after receipt of the report. Within this 60 day period, the Department shall, in writing, make a determination as to whether there are sufficient facts to warrant further investigation or action. Any nurse participating in mandatory reporting to the Department under this Section or in good faith assisting another person in making such a report shall have immunity from any liability, either criminal or civil, that might result by reason of such action.
    Should the Department find insufficient facts to warrant further investigation, or action, the report shall be accepted for filing and the matter shall be deemed closed and so reported.
    Should the Department find sufficient facts to warrant further investigation, such investigation shall be completed within 60 days of the date of the determination of sufficient facts to warrant further investigation or action. Final action shall be determined no later than 30 days after the completion of the investigation. If there is a finding which verifies habitual intoxication or drug addiction which adversely affects professional performance or the unlawful possession, use, distribution or conversion of habit-forming drugs by the reported nurse, the Department may refuse to issue or renew or may suspend or revoke that nurse's license as a registered professional nurse or a licensed practical nurse.
    Any of the aforementioned actions or a determination that there are insufficient facts to warrant further investigation or action shall be considered a final action. The nurse administrator or officer who filed the original report or complaint, and the nurse who is the subject of the report, shall be notified in writing by the Department within 15 days of any final action taken by the Department.
    (b) Each year on March 1, the Department shall submit a report to the General Assembly. The report shall include the number of reports made under this Section to the Department during the previous year, the number of reports reviewed and found insufficient to warrant further investigation, the number of reports not completed and the reasons for incompletion. This report shall be made available also to nurses requesting the report.
    (c) Any person making a report under this Section or in good faith assisting another person in making such a report shall have immunity from any liability, either criminal or civil, that might result by reason of such action. For the purpose of any legal proceeding, criminal or civil, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any person making a report under this Section or assisting another person in making such report was acting in good faith. All such reports and any information disclosed to or collected by the Department pursuant to this Section shall remain confidential records of the Department and shall not be disclosed nor be subject to any law or regulation of this State relating to freedom of information or public disclosure of records.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-513)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 70-10. Intoxication and drug abuse.
    (a) Any nurse who is an administrator or officer in any hospital, nursing home, other health care agency or facility, or nurse agency and has knowledge of any action or condition which reasonably indicates that a registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse is impaired due to the use of alcohol or mood altering drugs to the extent that such impairment adversely affects such nurse's professional performance, or unlawfully possesses, uses, distributes or converts mood altering drugs belonging to the place of employment, shall promptly report the individual to the Department or designee of the Department; provided however, an administrator or officer need not file the report if the nurse participates in a course of remedial professional counseling or medical treatment for substance abuse, as long as such nurse actively pursues such treatment under monitoring by the administrator or officer or by the hospital, nursing home, health care agency or facility, or nurse agency and the nurse continues to be employed by such hospital, nursing home, health care agency or facility, or nurse agency. The Department shall review all reports received by it in a timely manner. Its initial review shall be completed no later than 60 days after receipt of the report. Within this 60 day period, the Department shall, in writing, make a determination as to whether there are sufficient facts to warrant further investigation or action. Any nurse participating in mandatory reporting to the Department under this Section or in good faith assisting another person in making such a report shall have immunity from any liability, either criminal or civil, that might result by reason of such action.
    Should the Department find insufficient facts to warrant further investigation, or action, the report shall be accepted for filing and the matter shall be deemed closed and so reported.
    Should the Department find sufficient facts to warrant further investigation, such investigation shall be completed within 60 days of the date of the determination of sufficient facts to warrant further investigation or action. Final action shall be determined no later than 30 days after the completion of the investigation. If there is a finding which verifies habitual intoxication or drug addiction which adversely affects professional performance or the unlawful possession, use, distribution or conversion of habit-forming drugs by the reported nurse, the Department may refuse to issue or renew or may suspend or revoke that nurse's license as a registered professional nurse or a licensed practical nurse.
    Any of the aforementioned actions or a determination that there are insufficient facts to warrant further investigation or action shall be considered a final action. The nurse administrator or officer who filed the original report or complaint, and the nurse who is the subject of the report, shall be notified in writing by the Department within 15 days of any final action taken by the Department.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) Any person making a report under this Section or in good faith assisting another person in making such a report shall have immunity from any liability, either criminal or civil, that might result by reason of such action. For the purpose of any legal proceeding, criminal or civil, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any person making a report under this Section or assisting another person in making such report was acting in good faith. All such reports and any information disclosed to or collected by the Department pursuant to this Section shall remain confidential records of the Department and shall not be disclosed nor be subject to any law or rule of this State relating to freedom of information or public disclosure of records.
(Source: P.A. 100-513, eff. 1-1-18.)