(225 ILCS 450/20.01)
(from Ch. 111, par. 5521.01)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
Grounds for discipline; license or registration.
(a) The Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke, suspend, or
reprimand any registration or registrant,
any license or licensee, place a licensee or registrant on probation for a period
of time subject to any conditions the Department may specify including requiring
the licensee or registrant to attend continuing education courses or to work under the
supervision of another licensee or registrant, impose a fine not to exceed $10,000 for each
violation, restrict the authorized scope of practice, require a licensee
or registrant to undergo a peer review program, assess costs as provided for under Section 20.4, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action for any one or more of the following:
(1) Violation of any provision of this Act or rule
adopted by the Department under this Act or violation of professional standards.
(2) Dishonesty, fraud, or deceit in obtaining,
reinstating, or restoring a license or registration.
(3) Cancellation, revocation, suspension, denial of
licensure or registration, or refusal to renew a license or privileges under Section 5.2 for disciplinary reasons in any other U.S. jurisdiction, unit of government, or government agency for any cause.
(4) Failure, on the part of a licensee under Section
13 or registrant under Section 16, to maintain compliance with the requirements for issuance or renewal of a license or registration or to report changes to the Department.
(5) Revocation or suspension of the right to practice
by or before any state or federal regulatory authority or by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
(6) Dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or gross negligence in
the performance of services as a licensee or registrant or individual granted privileges under Section 5.2.
(7) Conviction by plea of guilty or nolo contendere,
finding of guilt, jury verdict, or entry of judgment or sentencing, including, but not limited to, convictions, preceding sentences of supervision, conditional discharge, or first offender probation, under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States that is (i) a felony or (ii) a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or that is directly related to the practice of public accounting.
(8) Performance of any fraudulent act while holding a
license or privilege issued under this Act or prior law.
(9) Practicing on a revoked, suspended, or inactive
(10) Making or filing a report or record that the
registrant or licensee knows to be false, willfully failing to file a report or record required by State or federal law, willfully impeding or obstructing the filing or inducing another person to impede or obstruct only those that are signed in the capacity of a licensed CPA or a registered CPA.
(11) Aiding or assisting another person in violating
any provision of this Act or rules promulgated hereunder.
(12) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.
(13) Habitual or excessive use or abuse of drugs,
alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other substance that results in the inability to practice with reasonable skill, judgment, or safety.
(14) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving
from any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association any fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for any professional service not actually rendered.
(15) Physical illness, including, but not limited to,
deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill that results in the licensee or registrant's inability to practice under this Act with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
(16) Solicitation of professional services by using
false or misleading advertising.
(17) Any conduct reflecting adversely upon the
licensee's fitness to perform services while a licensee or individual granted privileges under Section 5.2.
(18) Practicing or attempting to practice under a
name other than the full name as shown on the license or registration or any other legally authorized name.
(19) A finding by the Department that a licensee or
registrant has not complied with a provision of any lawful order issued by the Department.
(20) Making a false statement to the Department
regarding compliance with continuing professional education or peer review requirements.
(21) Failing to make a substantive response to a
request for information by the Department within 30 days of the request.
(b-5) All fines or costs imposed under this Section shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the fine or costs or in accordance with the terms set forth in the order imposing the fine or cost.
(c) In cases where the Department of Healthcare and Family Services has previously determined a licensee or a potential licensee is more than 30 days delinquent in the payment of child support and has subsequently certified the delinquency to the Department, the Department may refuse to issue or renew or may revoke or suspend that person's license or may take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action against that person based solely upon the certification of delinquency made by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in accordance with item (5) of subsection (a) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(d) The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend without hearing, as provided for in the Code of Civil Procedure, the license or registration of any person who fails to file a return, to pay a tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of 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 in accordance with subsection (g) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(e) The Department shall deny any application for a license, registration, or renewal,
without hearing, to any person who has defaulted on an educational loan
guaranteed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission; however, the
may issue a license, registration, or renewal if the person in default has
established a satisfactory repayment record as determined by the Illinois
Student Assistance Commission.
(f) The determination by a court that a licensee or registrant is subject to involuntary
admission or judicial admission as provided in the Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities Code will result in the automatic suspension of his
or her license or registration. The licensee or registrant shall be responsible for notifying the Department of the determination by the court that the licensee or registrant is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. The suspension shall end only upon a finding by a court that the patient is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission, the issuance of an order so finding and discharging the patient, and the filing of a petition for restoration demonstrating fitness to practice.
(g) In enforcing this Section, the Department, upon a showing of a possible violation, may compel, any licensee or registrant or any individual who has applied for licensure under this Act, to submit to a mental or physical examination and evaluation, or both, which may include a substance abuse or sexual offender evaluation, at the expense of the Department. The Department shall specifically designate the examining physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or, if applicable, the multidisciplinary team involved in providing the mental or physical examination and evaluation, or both. The multidisciplinary team shall be led by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches and may consist of one or more or a combination of physicians licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, licensed chiropractic physicians, licensed clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professional and administrative staff. Any examining physician or member of the multidisciplinary team may require any person ordered to submit to an examination and evaluation under this Section to submit to any additional supplemental testing deemed necessary to complete any examination or evaluation process, including, but not limited to, blood testing, urinalysis, psychological testing, or neuropsychological testing. The Department may order the examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary team to provide to the Department any and all records, including business records, that relate to the examination and evaluation, including any supplemental testing performed. The Department may order the examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary team to present testimony concerning this examination and evaluation of the licensee, registrant, or applicant, including testimony concerning any supplemental testing or documents relating to the examination and evaluation. No information, report, record, or other documents in any way related to the examination and evaluation shall be excluded by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating to communication between the licensee, registrant, or applicant and the examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary team. No authorization is necessary from the individual ordered to undergo an evaluation and examination for the examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary team to provide information, reports, records, or other documents or to provide any testimony regarding the examination and evaluation.
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 the examination. Failure of any individual to submit to mental or physical examination and evaluation, or both, when directed, shall result in an automatic suspension, without hearing, until such time as the individual submits to the examination. If the Department finds a licensee, registrant, or applicant unable to practice because of the reasons set forth in this Section, the Department shall require such licensee, registrant, or applicant to submit to care, counseling, or treatment by physicians approved or designated by the Department, as a condition for continued, reinstated, or renewed licensure to practice.
When the Secretary immediately suspends a license or registration under this Section, a hearing upon such person's license or registration must be convened by the Department within 15 days after such suspension and completed without appreciable delay. The Department shall have the authority to review the subject'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.
Individuals licensed or registered under this Act, affected under this Section, shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department that they can resume practice in compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards under the provisions of their license or registration.
(Source: P.A. 98-254, eff. 8-9-13.)