(225 ILCS 401/75)
Grounds for disciplinary action.
(a) The Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department may deem appropriate, including imposing fines not to exceed $10,000 for each violation, with regard to any license for any one or combination of the following:
(1) Making a material misstatement in furnishing
information to the Department.
(2) Violating this Act, or the rules adopted
(3) Conviction of or entry of a plea of guilty or
nolo contendere, finding of guilt, jury verdict, or entry of judgment or by sentencing of any crime, including but not limited to convictions, preceding sentences of supervision, conditional discharge or first offender probation, to any crime that is a felony under the laws of the United States or any state or territory thereof or that is a misdemeanor of which as essential element is dishonesty, or any crime that is directly related to the practice of the profession.
(4) Making any misrepresentation for the purpose
of obtaining licensure or violating any provision of this Act or the rules adopted under this Act pertaining to advertising.
(5) Professional incompetence.
(6) Gross malpractice.
(7) Aiding or assisting another person in
violating any provision of this Act or rules adopted under this Act.
(8) Failing, within 60 days, to provide
information in response to a written request made by the Department.
(9) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.
(10) Inability to practice with reasonable
judgment, skill or safety as a result of habitual or excessive use or addiction to alcohol, narcotics, stimulants or any other chemical agent or drug.
(11) Denial of any application as an athlete agent
or discipline by another state, District of Columbia, territory, or foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Section.
(12) A finding by the Department that the licensee,
after having his or her license placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation.
(13) Willfully making or filing false records or
reports in his or her practice, including but not limited to, false records filed with State agencies or departments.
(14) Inability to practice the profession with
reasonable judgment, skill, or safety as a result of a physical illness, including but not limited to deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill, or a mental illness or disability.
(15) Solicitation of professional services other
than permitted advertising.
(16) Conviction of or cash compromise of a charge
or violation of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act regulating narcotics.
(17) Gross, willful, or continued overcharging for
professional services, including filing false statements for collection of fees for which services are not rendered.
(18) Practicing under a false or, except as
provided by law, an assumed name.
(19) Fraud or misrepresentation in applying for, or
procuring, a license under this Act or in connection with applying for renewal of a license under this Act.
(20) Any instance in which the conduct of the
applicant or any person named pursuant to item (5) of subsection (a) of Section 45 resulted in the imposition of a sanction, suspension, or declaration of ineligibility to participate in an interscholastic or intercollegiate athletic event on a student-athlete or educational institution.
(21) Any instance in which the conduct of any person
named pursuant to item (5) of subsection (a) of Section 45 resulted in the denial of an application as an athlete agent or discipline of a license as an athlete agent by another state, District of Columbia, territory, or foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Section.
(22) Committing any of the activities set forth in
subsection (b) of Section 175 of this Act.
(b) A person holding a license under this Act or has applied for licensure under this Act who, because of a physical or mental illness or disability, including but not limited to deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill, is unable to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety may be required by the Department to submit to care, counseling or treatment by physicians approved or designated by the Department as a condition, term or restriction for continued, reinstated or renewed licensure to practice. Submission to care, counseling or treatment as required by the Department shall not be considered discipline of the license. If the licensee refuses to enter into a care, counseling, or treatment agreement or fails to abide by the terms of the agreement, then the Department may file a complaint to suspend, revoke, or otherwise discipline the license of the individual. The Secretary may order the license suspended immediately, pending a hearing by the Department. Fines shall not be assessed in disciplinary actions involving physical or mental illness or impairment.
(c) The determination by a circuit court that a licensee is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, as amended, operates as an automatic suspension. The suspension will end only upon a finding by a court that the licensee is no longer subject to the involuntary admission or judicial admission and issues an order so finding and discharging the licensee; and upon review of the order by the Secretary or his or her designee, the licensee may be allowed to resume his or her practice.
(d) The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend without hearing as provided for in the Code of Civil Procedure the license of any person who fails to file a return, or to pay the tax, penalty or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of the tax, penalty, or interest as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied.
(e) In enforcing this Section, the Department upon a showing of a possible violation may compel an individual licensed to practice under this Act, or who has applied for licensure under this Act, to submit to a mental or physical examination, or both, as required by and at the expense of the Department. The Department may order the examining physician to present testimony concerning the mental or physical examination of the licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating to communications between the licensee or applicant and the examining physician. The examining physicians shall be specifically designated by the Department. The individual to be examined may have, at his or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present during all aspects of this examination. Failure of an individual to submit to a mental or physical examination, when directed, shall be grounds for the immediate suspension of his or her license until the individual submits to the examination if the Department finds that the refusal to submit to the examination was without reasonable cause as defined by rule.
In instances in which the Secretary immediately suspends a person's license for his or her failure to submit to a mental or physical examination, when directed, a hearing on that person's license must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay.
In instances in which the Secretary otherwise suspends a person's license pursuant to the results of a compelled mental or physical examination a hearing on that person's license must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay. The Department shall have the authority to review the subject individual's record of treatment and counseling regarding the impairment to the extent permitted by applicable federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical records.
An individual licensed under this Act and affected under this Section shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department that he or she can resume practice in compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards under the provisions of his or her license.
(Source: P.A. 96-1030, eff. 1-1-11.)