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405 ILCS 80/3-3

    (405 ILCS 80/3-3) (from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 1803-3)
    Sec. 3-3. As used in this Article, unless the context requires otherwise:
    (a) "Agency" means an agency or entity licensed by the Department pursuant to this Article or pursuant to the Community Residential Alternatives Licensing Act.
    (b) "Department" means the Department of Human Services, as successor to the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
    (c) "Department-funded out-of-home placement services" means those services for which the Department pays the partial or full cost of care of the residential placement.
    (d) "Family" or "families" means a family member or members and his, her or their parents or legal guardians.
    (e) "Family member" means a child 17 years old or younger who has one of the following conditions: severe autism, severe emotional disturbance, a severe or profound intellectual disability, or severe and multiple impairments.
    (f) "Legal guardian" means a person appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction to exercise certain powers on behalf of a family member and with whom the family member resides.
    (g) "Parent" means a biological or adoptive parent with whom the family member resides, or a person licensed as a foster parent under the laws of this State, acting as a family member's foster parent, and with whom the family member resides.
    (h) "Severe autism" means a lifelong developmental disability which is typically manifested before 30 months of age and is characterized by severe disturbances in reciprocal social interactions; verbal and nonverbal communication and imaginative activity; and repertoire of activities and interests. A person shall be determined severely autistic, for purposes of this Article, if both of the following are present:
        (1) Diagnosis consistent with the criteria for
    
autistic disorder in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders;
        (2) Severe disturbances in reciprocal social
    
interactions; verbal and nonverbal communication and imaginative activity; and repertoire of activities and interests. A determination of severe autism shall be based upon a comprehensive, documented assessment with an evaluation by a licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. A determination of severe autism shall not be based solely on behaviors relating to environmental, cultural or economic differences.
    (i) "Severe mental illness" means the manifestation of all of the following characteristics:
        (1) a severe mental illness characterized by the
    
presence of a mental disorder in children or adolescents, classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Third Edition - Revised), as now or hereafter revised, excluding V-codes (as that term is used in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), adjustment disorders, the presence of an intellectual disability when no other mental disorder is present, alcohol or substance abuse, or other forms of dementia based upon organic or physical disorders; and
        (2) a functional disability of an extended duration
    
which results in substantial limitations in major life activities.
    A determination of severe mental illness shall be based upon a comprehensive, documented assessment with an evaluation by a licensed clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist.
    (j) "Severe or profound intellectual disability" means a manifestation of all of the following characteristics:
        (1) A diagnosis which meets Classification in Mental
    
Retardation or criteria in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for severe or profound mental retardation (an IQ of 40 or below). This must be measured by a standardized instrument for general intellectual functioning.
        (2) A severe or profound level of adaptive behavior.
    
This must be measured by a standardized adaptive behavior scale or informal appraisal by the professional in keeping with illustrations in Classification in Mental Retardation, 1983.
        (3) Disability diagnosed before age of 18.
    A determination of a severe or profound intellectual disability shall be based upon a comprehensive, documented assessment with an evaluation by a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, a psychiatrist or other physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, and shall not be based solely on behaviors relating to environmental, cultural or economic differences.
    (k) "Severe and multiple impairments" means the manifestation of all the following characteristics:
        (1) The evaluation determines the presence of a
    
developmental disability which is expected to continue indefinitely, constitutes a substantial disability and is attributable to any of the following:
            (A) Intellectual disability, which is defined as
        
general intellectual functioning that is 2 or more standard deviations below the mean concurrent with impairment of adaptive behavior which is 2 or more standard deviations below the mean. Assessment of the individual's intellectual functioning must be measured by a standardized instrument for general intellectual functioning.
            (B) Cerebral palsy.
            (C) Epilepsy.
            (D) Autism.
            (E) Any other condition which results in
        
impairment similar to that caused by an intellectual disability and which requires services similar to those required by persons with intellectual disabilities.
        (2) The evaluation determines multiple disabilities
    
in physical, sensory, behavioral or cognitive functioning which constitute a severe or profound impairment attributable to one or more of the following:
            (A) Physical functioning, which severely impairs
        
the individual's motor performance that may be due to:
                (i) Neurological, psychological or physical
            
involvement resulting in a variety of disabling conditions such as hemiplegia, quadriplegia or ataxia,
                (ii) Severe organ systems involvement such as
            
congenital heart defect,
                (iii) Physical abnormalities resulting in the
            
individual being non-mobile and non-ambulatory or confined to bed and receiving assistance in transferring, or
                (iv) The need for regular medical or nursing
            
supervision such as gastrostomy care and feeding.
            Assessment of physical functioning must be based
        
on clinical medical assessment, using the appropriate instruments, techniques and standards of measurement required by the professional.
            (B) Sensory, which involves severe restriction
        
due to hearing or visual impairment limiting the individual's movement and creating dependence in completing most daily activities. Hearing impairment is defined as a loss of 70 decibels aided or speech discrimination of less than 50% aided. Visual impairment is defined as 20/200 corrected in the better eye or a visual field of 20 degrees or less. Sensory functioning must be based on clinical medical assessment using the appropriate instruments, techniques and standards of measurement required by the professional.
            (C) Behavioral, which involves behavior that is
        
maladaptive and presents a danger to self or others, is destructive to property by deliberately breaking, destroying or defacing objects, is disruptive by fighting, or has other socially offensive behaviors in sufficient frequency or severity to seriously limit social integration. Assessment of behavioral functioning may be measured by a standardized scale or informal appraisal by the medical professional.
            (D) Cognitive, which involves intellectual
        
functioning at a measured IQ of 70 or below. Assessment of cognitive functioning must be measured by a standardized instrument for general intelligence.
        (3) The evaluation determines that development is
    
substantially less than expected for the age in cognitive, affective or psychomotor behavior as follows:
            (A) Cognitive, which involves intellectual
        
functioning at a measured IQ of 70 or below. Assessment of cognitive functioning must be measured by a standardized instrument for general intelligence.
            (B) Affective behavior, which involves over and
        
under responding to stimuli in the environment and may be observed in mood, attention to awareness, or in behaviors such as euphoria, anger or sadness that seriously limit integration into society. Affective behavior must be based on clinical medical and psychiatric assessment using the appropriate instruments, techniques and standards of measurement required by the professional.
            (C) Psychomotor, which includes a severe
        
developmental delay in fine or gross motor skills so that development in self-care, social interaction, communication or physical activity will be greatly delayed or restricted.
        (4) A determination that the disability originated
    
before the age of 18 years.
    A determination of severe and multiple impairments shall be based upon a comprehensive, documented assessment with an evaluation by a licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. If the examiner is a licensed clinical psychologist, ancillary evaluation of physical impairment, cerebral palsy or epilepsy must be made by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches.
    Regardless of the discipline of the examiner, ancillary evaluation of visual impairment must be made by an ophthalmologist or a licensed optometrist.
    Regardless of the discipline of the examiner, ancillary evaluation of hearing impairment must be made by an otolaryngologist or an audiologist with a certificate of clinical competency.
    The only exception to the above is in the case of a person with cerebral palsy or epilepsy who, according to the eligibility criteria listed below, has multiple impairments which are only physical and sensory. In such a case, a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches may serve as the examiner.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)