(410 ILCS 503/15) Sec. 15. Initiative. (a) Subject to appropriation for this purpose, the
Director shall establish an arthritis quality of life initiative in
the Department. The purpose of the initiative is to promote (i) public
about arthritis, (ii) options for prevention, (iii) the value of early
diagnosis and treatment, and (iv) the delivery of programs and services aimed
at prevention of complications and improvement of quality of life. The
Department may accept, for the purpose of establishing the initiative, any
special grant of money, services, or property from the federal government or
any of its agencies or from the private sector, in addition to moneys provided
by the State. (b) The initiative shall include the following: (1) Development of a list of providers of specialized
services for arthritis, including a cautionary statement about the current status of arthritis research, prevention, and treatment.
(2) A public information and outreach campaign
including appropriate educational material to promote early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.