(305 ILCS 5/4-22)
Domestic and sexual violence.
(a) The assessment process to develop the personal plan for achieving
self-sufficiency shall include questions that screen for domestic and sexual violence
issues. If the individual indicates that he or she is the victim of domestic or sexual
violence and indicates a need to address domestic or sexual violence issues in order to
reach self-sufficiency, the plan shall take this factor into account in
determining the work, education, and training activities suitable to the client
for achieving self-sufficiency. In addition, in such a case, specific steps
needed to directly address the domestic or sexual violence issues may also be made part
of the plan, including referral to an available domestic or sexual violence program. The Department shall conduct an individualized assessment and grant waivers of program requirements and other required activities for victims of domestic violence to the fullest extent allowed by 42 U.S.C. 602(a)(7)(A), and shall apply the same laws, regulations, and policies to victims of sexual violence. The duration of such waivers shall be initially determined and subsequently redetermined on a case-by-case basis. There shall be no limitation on the total number of months for which waivers under this Section may be granted, but continuing eligibility for a waiver shall be redetermined no less often than every 6 months.
(b) The Illinois Department shall develop and monitor compliance procedures
for its employees, contractors, and subcontractors to ensure that any
information pertaining to any client who claims to be a past or present victim
of domestic violence or an individual at risk of further domestic violence,
whether provided by the victim or by a third party, will remain
(c) The Illinois Department shall develop and implement a domestic
curriculum for Illinois Department employees who serve applicants for and
recipients of aid
under this Article. The curriculum shall be designed to better equip those
employees to identify
and serve domestic violence victims.
The Illinois Department may enter into a contract for the development of the
curriculum with one or more organizations providing
services to domestic violence victims. The Illinois Department shall adopt
rules necessary to implement this subsection.
(Source: P.A. 96-866, eff. 7-1-10