(320 ILCS 20/5)
(from Ch. 23, par. 6605)
(a) A provider agency designated to receive reports
of alleged or suspected abuse, neglect, financial
exploitation, or self-neglect under
this Act shall, upon
receiving such a report, conduct a face-to-face assessment with respect to
such report, in accord with established law and Department protocols, procedures, and policies. Face-to-face assessments, casework, and follow-up of reports of self-neglect by the provider agencies designated to receive reports of self-neglect shall be subject to sufficient appropriation for statewide implementation of assessments, casework, and follow-up of reports of self-neglect. In the absence of sufficient appropriation for statewide implementation of assessments, casework, and follow-up of reports of self-neglect, the designated elder abuse provider agency shall refer all reports of self-neglect to the appropriate agency or agencies as designated by the Department for any follow-up. The assessment shall include, but not be limited to, a visit
to the residence of the eligible adult who is the subject of the report and
may include interviews or consultations with service agencies or
individuals who may have knowledge of the eligible adult's circumstances.
If, after the assessment, the provider agency determines that the case is
substantiated it shall develop a service care plan for the eligible adult and may report its findings to the appropriate law enforcement agency in accord with established law and Department protocols, procedures, and policies.
In developing the plan, the provider agency may consult with any other
appropriate provider of services, and such providers shall be immune from
civil or criminal liability on account of such acts. The plan shall
include alternative suggested or recommended
services which are appropriate to the needs of the eligible adult and which
involve the least restriction of the eligible adult's activities
commensurate with his or her needs. Only those services to which consent
provided in accordance with Section 9 of this Act shall be provided,
contingent upon the availability of such services.
(b) A provider agency shall refer evidence of crimes against an eligible
adult to the appropriate law enforcement agency according to Department
policies. A referral to law enforcement may be made at intake or any time
during the case. Where a provider agency has reason to believe the death of an
eligible adult may be the result of abuse or neglect, the agency shall
immediately report the matter to the coroner or medical examiner and shall
cooperate fully with any subsequent investigation.
(c) If any person other than the alleged victim refuses to allow the provider agency to begin
an investigation, interferes with the provider agency's ability to
conduct an investigation, or refuses to give access to an eligible
adult, the appropriate law enforcement agency must be consulted regarding the investigation.
(Source: P.A. 94-1064, eff. 1-1-07.)