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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 46/) Health Care Worker Background Check Act.

225 ILCS 46/1

    (225 ILCS 46/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Health Care Worker Background Check Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-197, eff. 7-21-95.)

225 ILCS 46/5

    (225 ILCS 46/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. The General Assembly finds that it is in the public interest to protect the citizens of the State of Illinois who are the most frail and who are persons with disabilities from possible harm through a criminal background check of certain health care workers and all employees of licensed and certified long-term care facilities who have or may have contact with residents or have access to the living quarters or the financial, medical, or personal records of residents.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

225 ILCS 46/10

    (225 ILCS 46/10)
    Sec. 10. Applicability. This Act applies to all individuals employed or retained by a health care employer as home health care aides, nurse aides, personal care assistants, private duty nurse aides, day training personnel, or an individual working in any similar health-related occupation where he or she provides direct care or has access to long-term care residents or the living quarters or financial, medical, or personal records of long-term care residents. This Act also applies to all employees of licensed or certified long-term care facilities who have or may have contact with residents or access to the living quarters or the financial, medical, or personal records of residents.
(Source: P.A. 94-665, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 46/15

    (225 ILCS 46/15)
    Sec. 15. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Applicant" means an individual seeking employment, whether paid or on a volunteer basis, with a health care employer who has received a bona fide conditional offer of employment.
    "Conditional offer of employment" means a bona fide offer of employment by a health care employer to an applicant, which is contingent upon the receipt of a report from the Department of Public Health indicating that the applicant does not have a record of conviction of any of the criminal offenses enumerated in Section 25.
    "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
    "Direct care" means the provision of nursing care or assistance with feeding, dressing, movement, bathing, toileting, or other personal needs, including home services as defined in the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act. The entity responsible for inspecting and licensing, certifying, or registering the health care employer may, by administrative rule, prescribe guidelines for interpreting this definition with regard to the health care employers that it licenses.
    "Director" means the Director of Public Health.
    "Disqualifying offenses" means those offenses set forth in Section 25 of this Act.
    "Employee" means any individual hired, employed, or retained, whether paid or on a volunteer basis, to which this Act applies.
    "Finding" means the Department's determination of whether an allegation is verified and substantiated.
    "Fingerprint-based criminal history records check" means a livescan fingerprint-based criminal history records check submitted as a fee applicant inquiry in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police.
    "Health care employer" means:
        (1) the owner or licensee of any of the following:
            (i) a community living facility, as defined in
        
the Community Living Facilities Act;
            (ii) a life care facility, as defined in the Life
        
Care Facilities Act;
            (iii) a long-term care facility;
            (iv) a home health agency, home services agency,
        
or home nursing agency as defined in the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act;
            (v) a hospice care program or volunteer hospice
        
program, as defined in the Hospice Program Licensing Act;
            (vi) a hospital, as defined in the Hospital
        
Licensing Act;
            (vii) (blank);
            (viii) a nurse agency, as defined in the Nurse
        
Agency Licensing Act;
            (ix) a respite care provider, as defined in the
        
Respite Program Act;
            (ix-a) an establishment licensed under the
        
Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act;
            (x) a supportive living program, as defined in
        
the Illinois Public Aid Code;
            (xi) early childhood intervention programs as
        
described in 59 Ill. Adm. Code 121;
            (xii) the University of Illinois Hospital,
        
Chicago;
            (xiii) programs funded by the Department on Aging
        
through the Community Care Program;
            (xiv) programs certified to participate in the
        
Supportive Living Program authorized pursuant to Section 5-5.01a of the Illinois Public Aid Code;
            (xv) programs listed by the Emergency Medical
        
Services (EMS) Systems Act as Freestanding Emergency Centers;
            (xvi) locations licensed under the Alternative
        
Health Care Delivery Act;
        (2) a day training program certified by the
    
Department of Human Services;
        (3) a community integrated living arrangement
    
operated by a community mental health and developmental service agency, as defined in the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensing and Certification Act; or
        (4) the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program,
    
including any regional long term care ombudsman programs under Section 4.04 of the Illinois Act on the Aging, only for the purpose of securing background checks.
    "Initiate" means obtaining from a student, applicant, or employee his or her social security number, demographics, a disclosure statement, and an authorization for the Department of Public Health or its designee to request a fingerprint-based criminal history records check; transmitting this information electronically to the Department of Public Health; conducting Internet searches on certain web sites, including without limitation the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, the Department of Corrections' Sex Offender Search Engine, the Department of Corrections' Inmate Search Engine, the Department of Corrections Wanted Fugitives Search Engine, the National Sex Offender Public Registry, and the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities database on the website of the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to determine if the applicant has been adjudicated a sex offender, has been a prison inmate, or has committed Medicare or Medicaid fraud, or conducting similar searches as defined by rule; and having the student, applicant, or employee's fingerprints collected and transmitted electronically to the Department of State Police.
    "Livescan vendor" means an entity whose equipment has been certified by the Department of State Police to collect an individual's demographics and inkless fingerprints and, in a manner prescribed by the Department of State Police and the Department of Public Health, electronically transmit the fingerprints and required data to the Department of State Police and a daily file of required data to the Department of Public Health. The Department of Public Health shall negotiate a contract with one or more vendors that effectively demonstrate that the vendor has 2 or more years of experience transmitting fingerprints electronically to the Department of State Police and that the vendor can successfully transmit the required data in a manner prescribed by the Department of Public Health. Vendor authorization may be further defined by administrative rule.
    "Long-term care facility" means a facility licensed by the State or certified under federal law as a long-term care facility, including without limitation facilities licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013, the ID/DD Community Care Act, or the MC/DD Act, a supportive living facility, an assisted living establishment, or a shared housing establishment or registered as a board and care home.
    "Resident" means a person, individual, or patient under the direct care of a health care employer or who has been provided goods or services by a health care employer.
(Source: P.A. 99-180, eff. 7-29-15; 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)

225 ILCS 46/20

    (225 ILCS 46/20)
    Sec. 20. Exceptions. This Act shall not apply to:
        (1) an individual who is licensed by the Department
    
of Financial and Professional Regulation or the Department of Public Health under another law of this State;
        (2) an individual employed or retained by a health
    
care employer for whom a criminal background check is required by another law of this State; or
        (3) a student in a licensed health care field
    
including, but not limited to, a student nurse, a physical therapy student, or a respiratory care student unless he or she is (i) employed by a health care employer in a position with duties involving direct care for clients, patients, or residents or (ii) employed by a long-term care facility in a position that involves or may involve contact with residents or access to the living quarters or the financial, medical, or personal records of residents.
(Source: P.A. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

225 ILCS 46/25

    (225 ILCS 46/25)
    Sec. 25. Hiring of people with criminal records by health care employers and long-term care facilities.
    (a) A health care employer or long-term care facility may hire, employ, or retain any individual in a position involving direct care for clients, patients, or residents, or access to the living quarters or the financial, medical, or personal records of clients, patients, or residents who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the following offenses only with a waiver described in Section 40: those defined in Sections 8-1(b), 8-1.1, 8-1.2, 9-1, 9-1.2, 9-2, 9-2.1, 9-3, 9-3.1, 9-3.2, 9-3.3, 9-3.4, 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, 10-3.1, 10-4, 10-5, 10-7, 11-1.20, 11-1.30, 11-1.40, 11-1.50, 11-1.60, 11-6, 11-9.1, 11-9.2, 11-9.3, 11-9.4-1, 11-9.5, 11-19.2, 11-20.1, 11-20.1B, 11-20.3, 12-1, 12-2, 12-3.05, 12-3.1, 12-3.2, 12-3.3, 12-4, 12-4.1, 12-4.2, 12-4.3, 12-4.4, 12-4.5, 12-4.6, 12-4.7, 12-7.4, 12-11, 12-13, 12-14, 12-14.1, 12-15, 12-16, 12-19, 12-20.5, 12-21, 12-21.5, 12-21.6, 12-32, 12-33, 12C-5, 12C-10, 16-1, 16-1.3, 16-25, 16A-3, 17-3, 17-56, 18-1, 18-2, 18-3, 18-4, 18-5, 19-1, 19-3, 19-4, 19-6, 20-1, 20-1.1, 24-1, 24-1.2, 24-1.5, 24-1.8, 24-3.8, or 33A-2, or subdivision (a)(4) of Section 11-14.4, or in subsection (a) of Section 12-3 or subsection (a) or (b) of Section 12-4.4a, of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; those provided in Section 4 of the Wrongs to Children Act; those provided in Section 53 of the Criminal Jurisprudence Act; those defined in subsection (c), (d), (e), (f), or (g) of Section 5 or Section 5.1, 5.2, 7, or 9 of the Cannabis Control Act; those defined in the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act; those defined in Sections 401, 401.1, 404, 405, 405.1, 407, or 407.1 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act; or subsection (a) of Section 3.01, Section 3.02, or Section 3.03 of the Humane Care for Animals Act.
    (a-1) A health care employer or long-term care facility may hire, employ, or retain any individual in a position involving direct care for clients, patients, or residents, or access to the living quarters or the financial, medical, or personal records of clients, patients, or residents who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the following offenses only with a waiver described in Section 40: those offenses defined in Section 12-3.3, 12-4.2-5, 16-2, 16-30, 16G-15, 16G-20, 17-33, 17-34, 17-36, 17-44, 18-5, 20-1.2, 24-1.1, 24-1.2-5, 24-1.6, 24-3.2, or 24-3.3, or subsection (b) of Section 17-32, subsection (b) of Section 18-1, or subsection (b) of Section 20-1, of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; Section 4, 5, 6, 8, or 17.02 of the Illinois Credit Card and Debit Card Act; or Section 11-9.1A of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 or Section 5.1 of the Wrongs to Children Act; or (ii) violated Section 50-50 of the Nurse Practice Act.
    A health care employer is not required to retain an individual in a position with duties involving direct care for clients, patients, or residents, and no long-term care facility is required to retain an individual in a position with duties that involve or may involve contact with residents or access to the living quarters or the financial, medical, or personal records of residents, who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the offenses enumerated in this subsection.
    (b) A health care employer shall not hire, employ, or retain, whether paid or on a volunteer basis, any individual in a position with duties involving direct care of clients, patients, or residents, and no long-term care facility shall knowingly hire, employ, or retain, whether paid or on a volunteer basis, any individual in a position with duties that involve or may involve contact with residents or access to the living quarters or the financial, medical, or personal records of residents, if the health care employer becomes aware that the individual has been convicted in another state of committing or attempting to commit an offense that has the same or similar elements as an offense listed in subsection (a) or (a-1), as verified by court records, records from a state agency, or an FBI criminal history record check, unless the applicant or employee obtains a waiver pursuant to Section 40 of this Act. This shall not be construed to mean that a health care employer has an obligation to conduct a criminal history records check in other states in which an employee has resided.
    (c) A health care employer shall not hire, employ, or retain, whether paid or on a volunteer basis, any individual in a position with duties involving direct care of clients, patients, or residents, who has a finding by the Department of abuse, neglect, misappropriation of property, or theft denoted on the Health Care Worker Registry.
    (d) A health care employer shall not hire, employ, or retain, whether paid or on a volunteer basis, any individual in a position with duties involving direct care of clients, patients, or residents if the individual has a verified and substantiated finding of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, as identified within the Adult Protective Service Registry established under Section 7.5 of the Adult Protective Services Act.
    (e) A health care employer shall not hire, employ, or retain, whether paid or on a volunteer basis, any individual in a position with duties involving direct care of clients, patients, or residents who has a finding by the Department of Human Services of physical or sexual abuse, financial exploitation, or egregious neglect of an individual denoted on the Health Care Worker Registry.
(Source: P.A. 99-872, eff. 1-1-17; 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)

225 ILCS 46/25.1

    (225 ILCS 46/25.1)
    Sec. 25.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-441, eff. 1-1-98. Repealed by P.A. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

225 ILCS 46/26

    (225 ILCS 46/26)
    Sec. 26. Health Care Worker Registry. The Department shall establish and maintain the Health Care Worker Registry, a registry of all individuals who (i) have satisfactorily completed the training required by Section 3-206 of the Nursing Home Care Act, Section 3-206 of the MC/DD Act, or Section 3-206 of the ID/DD Community Care Act, (ii) have begun a current course of training as set forth in Section 3-206 of the Nursing Home Care Act, Section 3-206 of the MC/DD Act, or Section 3-206 of the ID/DD Community Care Act, or (iii) are otherwise acting as a nursing assistant, habilitation aide, home health aide, or child care aide. The Health Care Worker Registry shall include the individual's name, current address, and Social Security number, the date and location of the training course completed by the individual, whether the individual has any of the disqualifying convictions listed in Section 25 of the Health Care Worker Background Check Act from the date of the training course completed by the individual, and the date of the individual's last criminal records check. Any individual placed on the Health Care Worker Registry is required to inform the Department of any change of address within 30 days after the effective date of the change of address.
    The Department shall include in the Health Care Worker Registry established under this Section the information contained in the registries established under Section 3-206.01 of the Nursing Home Care Act, Section 3-206.01 of the MC/DD Act, and Section 3-206.01 of the ID/DD Community Care Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)

225 ILCS 46/27

    (225 ILCS 46/27)
    Sec. 27. Notice and hearing prior to designation on Health Care Worker Registry for offense.
    (a) If the Department finds that an employee or former employee has abused or neglected a resident or misappropriated property of a resident, then the Department shall notify the employee or individual of this finding by certified mail sent to the address contained in the Health Care Worker Registry. The notice shall give the employee or individual an opportunity to contest the finding in a hearing before the Department or to submit a written response to the findings in lieu of requesting a hearing. As used in this subsection, "abuse" and "neglect" shall have the meanings provided in the Nursing Home Care Act, except that the term "resident" as used in those definitions shall have the meaning provided in this Act. As used in this subsection, "misappropriate property of a resident" shall have the meaning provided to "misappropriation of a resident's property" in the Nursing Home Care Act, except that the term "resident" as used in that definition shall have the meaning provided in this Act.
    (b) The Department shall have the authority to hold hearings to be conducted by the Director, or by an individual designated by the Director as hearing officer to conduct the hearing. On the basis of a hearing, or upon default of the employee, the Director shall make a determination specifying his or her findings and conclusions. A copy of the determination shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or served personally upon the employee to the address last provided by the employee to the Department.
    (c) The procedure governing hearings authorized by this Section shall be in accordance with rules adopted by the Department. A full and complete record shall be kept of all proceedings, including the notice of hearing, and all other documents in the nature of pleadings, written motions filed in the proceedings, and the report and orders of the Director or the Director's designee. All testimony shall be reported but need not be transcribed unless the decision is sought to be reviewed under the Administrative Review Law. A copy or copies of the transcript and record of the proceedings may be obtained by any interested party subsequent to payment to the Department of the cost of preparing the copy or copies. All final administrative decisions of the Department under this Act are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. For purposes of this subsection, "administrative decision" has the meaning provided in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    (d) The Department may issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and the giving of testimony by witnesses, and subpoenas duces tecum requiring the production of books, papers, records, or memoranda. All subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum issued under this Act may be served by mail or by any person of legal age. The fees of witnesses for attendance and travel shall be the same as the fees of witnesses before the courts of this State. The fees shall be paid when the witness is excused from further attendance. When the witness is subpoenaed at the instance of the Department, the fees shall be paid in the same manner as other expenses of the Department, and when the witness is subpoenaed at the instance of any other party to any such proceeding, the Department may require that the cost of service of the subpoena or subpoena duces tecum and the fee of the witness be borne by the party at whose instance the witness is summoned. A subpoena or subpoena duces tecum issued pursuant to this Section shall be served in the same manner as a subpoena issued by a circuit court.
    (e) If, after a hearing or if the employee, or former employee, does not request a hearing, the Department finds that the employee, or former employee, abused a resident, neglected a resident, or misappropriated resident property or makes any other applicable finding as set forth by rule, the finding shall be included as part of the Health Care Worker Registry as well as a clear and accurate summary from the employee, if he or she chooses to make a statement.
    (f) The Department shall make the following information in the Health Care Worker Registry available to the public: an individual's full name; the date an individual successfully completed a nurse aide training or competency evaluation; and whether the Department has made a finding that an employee, or former employee, has been guilty of abuse or neglect of a resident or misappropriation of resident property or has made any other applicable finding as set forth by rule. In the case of inquiries to the Health Care Worker Registry concerning an employee, or former employee, listed in the Health Care Worker Registry, any information disclosed concerning a finding shall also include disclosure of the employee's, or former employee's, statement in the Health Care Worker Registry relating to the finding or a clear and accurate summary of the statement.
    (g) The Department shall add to the Health Care Worker Registry records of findings as reported by the Inspector General or remove from the Health Care Worker Registry records of findings as reported by the Department of Human Services, under subsection (s) of Section 1-17 of the Department of Human Services Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)

225 ILCS 46/28

    (225 ILCS 46/28)
    Sec. 28. Designation on Registry for offense.
    (a) The Department, after notice to the employee, or former employee, may denote on the Health Care Worker Registry that the Department has found any of the following:
        (1) The employee, or former employee, has abused a
    
resident.
        (2) The employee, or former employee, has neglected a
    
resident.
        (3) The employee, or former employee, has
    
misappropriated resident property.
        (4) The employee, or former employee, has been
    
convicted of (i) a felony; (ii) a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty; or (iii) any crime that is directly related to the duties of an employee, a nursing assistant, habilitation aide, or child care aide.
    (b) Notice under this Section shall include a clear and concise statement of the grounds denoting abuse, neglect, theft, or other applicable finding, and notice of the opportunity for a hearing to contest the designation.
    (c) The Department shall document criminal history records check results pursuant to the requirements of this Act.
    (d) After the designation of neglect on the Health Care Worker Registry, made pursuant to this Section, an employee, or former employee, may petition the Department for removal of a designation of neglect on the Health Care Worker Registry, after durations set forth within the Department's notice made pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this Section. Upon receipt of a petition, the Department may remove the designation for a finding of neglect after no less than one year, or the designation of applicable findings set forth by rule of an employee, or former employee, for minimum durations set forth by the Department, on the Health Care Worker Registry unless the Department determines that removal of designation is not in the public interest. The Department shall set forth by rule the discretionary factors by which designations of employees or former employees may be removed.
(Source: P.A. 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)

225 ILCS 46/30

    (225 ILCS 46/30)
    Sec. 30. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-545, eff. 8-28-07. Repealed by P.A. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

225 ILCS 46/33

    (225 ILCS 46/33)
    Sec. 33. Fingerprint-based criminal history records check.
    (a) A fingerprint-based criminal history records check is not required for health care employees who have been continuously employed by a health care employer since October 1, 2007, have met the requirements for criminal history background checks prior to October 1, 2007, and have no disqualifying convictions or requested and received a waiver of those disqualifying convictions. These employees shall be retained on the Health Care Worker Registry as long as they remain active. Nothing in this subsection (a) shall be construed to prohibit a health care employer from initiating a criminal history records check for these employees. Should these employees seek a new position with a different health care employer, then a fingerprint-based criminal history records check shall be required.
    (b) On October 1, 2007 or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practical, in the discretion of the Director of Public Health, and thereafter, any student, applicant, or employee who desires to be included on the Department of Public Health's Health Care Worker Registry shall authorize the Department of Public Health or its designee to request a fingerprint-based criminal history records check to determine if the individual has a conviction for a disqualifying offense. This authorization shall allow the Department of Public Health to request and receive information and assistance from any State or governmental agency. Each individual shall submit his or her fingerprints to the Department of State Police in an electronic format that complies with the form and manner for requesting and furnishing criminal history record information prescribed by the Department of State Police. The fingerprints submitted under this Section shall be checked against the fingerprint records now and hereafter filed in the Department of State Police criminal history record databases. The Department of State Police shall charge a fee for conducting the criminal history records check, which shall not exceed the actual cost of the records check. The livescan vendor may act as the designee for individuals, educational entities, or health care employers in the collection of Department of State Police fees and deposit those fees into the State Police Services Fund. The Department of State Police shall provide information concerning any criminal convictions, now or hereafter filed, against the individual.
    (c) On October 1, 2007 or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practical, in the discretion of the Director of Public Health, and thereafter, an educational entity, other than a secondary school, conducting a nurse aide training program shall initiate a fingerprint-based criminal history records check required by this Act prior to entry of an individual into the training program.
    (d) On October 1, 2007 or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practical, in the discretion of the Director of Public Health, and thereafter, a health care employer who makes a conditional offer of employment to an applicant for a position as an employee shall initiate a fingerprint-based criminal history record check, requested by the Department of Public Health, on the applicant, if such a background check has not been previously conducted.
    (e) When initiating a background check requested by the Department of Public Health, an educational entity or health care employer shall electronically submit to the Department of Public Health the student's, applicant's, or employee's social security number, demographics, disclosure, and authorization information in a format prescribed by the Department of Public Health within 2 working days after the authorization is secured. The student, applicant, or employee shall have his or her fingerprints collected electronically and transmitted to the Department of State Police within 10 working days. The educational entity or health care employer shall transmit all necessary information and fees to the livescan vendor and Department of State Police within 10 working days after receipt of the authorization. This information and the results of the criminal history record checks shall be maintained by the Department of Public Health's Health Care Worker Registry.
    (f) A direct care employer may initiate a fingerprint-based background check required by this Act for any of its employees, but may not use this process to initiate background checks for residents. The results of any fingerprint-based background check that is initiated with the Department as the requester shall be entered in the Health Care Worker Registry.
    (g) As long as the employee has had a fingerprint-based criminal history record check required by this Act and stays active on the Health Care Worker Registry, no further criminal history record checks are required, as the Department of State Police shall notify the Department of Public Health of any additional convictions associated with the fingerprints previously submitted. Health care employers shall check the Health Care Worker Registry before hiring an employee to determine that the individual has had a fingerprint-based record check required by this Act and has no disqualifying convictions or has been granted a waiver pursuant to Section 40 of this Act. If the individual has not had such a background check or is not active on the Health Care Worker Registry, then the health care employer shall initiate a fingerprint-based record check requested by the Department of Public Health. If an individual is inactive on the Health Care Worker Registry, that individual is prohibited from being hired to work as a certified nursing assistant if, since the individual's most recent completion of a competency test, there has been a period of 24 consecutive months during which the individual has not provided nursing or nursing-related services for pay. If the individual can provide proof of having retained his or her certification by not having a 24-consecutive-month break in service for pay, he or she may be hired as a certified nursing assistant and that employment information shall be entered into the Health Care Worker Registry.
    (h) On October 1, 2007 or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practical, in the discretion of the Director of Public Health, and thereafter, if the Department of State Police notifies the Department of Public Health that an employee has a new conviction of a disqualifying offense, based upon the fingerprints that were previously submitted, then (i) the Health Care Worker Registry shall notify the employee's last known employer of the offense, (ii) a record of the employee's disqualifying offense shall be entered on the Health Care Worker Registry, and (iii) the individual shall no longer be eligible to work as an employee unless he or she obtains a waiver pursuant to Section 40 of this Act.
    (i) On October 1, 2007, or as soon thereafter, in the discretion of the Director of Public Health, as is reasonably practical, and thereafter, each direct care employer or its designee shall provide an employment verification for each employee no less than annually. The direct care employer or its designee shall log into the Health Care Worker Registry through a secure login. The health care employer or its designee shall indicate employment and termination dates within 30 days after hiring or terminating an employee, as well as the employment category and type. Failure to comply with this subsection (i) constitutes a licensing violation. A fine of up to $500 may be imposed for failure to maintain these records. This information shall be used by the Department of Public Health to notify the last known employer of any disqualifying offenses that are reported by the Department of State Police.
    (j) In the event that an applicant or employee has a waiver for one or more disqualifying offenses pursuant to Section 40 of this Act and he or she is otherwise eligible to work, the Health Care Worker Registry shall indicate that the applicant or employee is eligible to work and that additional information is available on the Health Care Worker Registry. The Health Care Worker Registry may indicate that the applicant or employee has received a waiver.
    (k) The student, applicant, or employee shall be notified of each of the following whenever a fingerprint-based criminal history records check is required:
        (1) That the educational entity, health care
    
employer, or long-term care facility shall initiate a fingerprint-based criminal history record check required by this Act of the student, applicant, or employee.
        (2) That the student, applicant, or employee has a
    
right to obtain a copy of the criminal records report that indicates a conviction for a disqualifying offense and challenge the accuracy and completeness of the report through an established Department of State Police procedure of Access and Review.
        (3) That the applicant, if hired conditionally, may
    
be terminated if the criminal records report indicates that the applicant has a record of a conviction of any of the criminal offenses enumerated in Section 25, unless the applicant obtains a waiver pursuant to Section 40 of this Act.
        (4) That the applicant, if not hired conditionally,
    
shall not be hired if the criminal records report indicates that the applicant has a record of a conviction of any of the criminal offenses enumerated in Section 25, unless the applicant obtains a waiver pursuant to Section 40 of this Act.
        (5) That the employee shall be terminated if the
    
criminal records report indicates that the employee has a record of a conviction of any of the criminal offenses enumerated in Section 25.
        (6) If, after the employee has originally been
    
determined not to have disqualifying offenses, the employer is notified that the employee has a new conviction(s) of any of the criminal offenses enumerated in Section 25, then the employee shall be terminated.
    (l) A health care employer or long-term care facility may conditionally employ an applicant for up to 3 months pending the results of a fingerprint-based criminal history record check requested by the Department of Public Health.
    (m) The Department of Public Health or an entity responsible for inspecting, licensing, certifying, or registering the health care employer or long-term care facility shall be immune from liability for notices given based on the results of a fingerprint-based criminal history record check.
(Source: P.A. 99-872, eff. 1-1-17; 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)

225 ILCS 46/35

    (225 ILCS 46/35)
    Sec. 35. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 91-598, eff. 1-1-00. Repealed by P.A. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

225 ILCS 46/40

    (225 ILCS 46/40)
    Sec. 40. Waiver.
    (a) Any student, applicant, or employee listed on the Health Care Worker Registry may request a waiver of the prohibition against employment by:
        (1) completing a waiver application on a form
    
prescribed by the Department of Public Health;
        (2) providing a written explanation of each
    
conviction to include (i) what happened, (ii) how many years have passed since the offense, (iii) the individuals involved, (iv) the age of the applicant at the time of the offense, and (v) any other circumstances surrounding the offense; and
        (3) providing official documentation showing that all
    
fines have been paid, if applicable and except for in the instance of payment of court-imposed fines or restitution in which the applicant is adhering to a payment schedule, and the date probation or parole was satisfactorily completed, if applicable.
    (b) The applicant may, but is not required to, submit employment and character references and any other evidence demonstrating the ability of the applicant or employee to perform the employment responsibilities competently and evidence that the applicant or employee does not pose a threat to the health or safety of residents, patients, or clients.
    (c) The Department of Public Health may, at the discretion of the Director of Public Health, grant a waiver to an applicant, student, or employee listed on the Health Care Worker Registry. The Department of Public Health shall act upon the waiver request within 30 days of receipt of all necessary information, as defined by rule. The Department of Public Health shall send an applicant, student, or employee written notification of its decision whether to grant a waiver, including listing the specific disqualifying offenses for which the waiver is being granted or denied. The Department shall issue additional copies of this written notification upon the applicant's, student's, or employee's request.
    (d) An individual shall not be employed from the time that the employer receives a notification from the Department of Public Health based upon the results of a fingerprint-based criminal history records check containing disqualifying conditions until the time that the individual receives a waiver.
    (e) The entity responsible for inspecting, licensing, certifying, or registering the health care employer and the Department of Public Health shall be immune from liability for any waivers granted under this Section.
    (f) A health care employer is not obligated to employ or offer permanent employment to an applicant, or to retain an employee who is granted a waiver under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-872, eff. 1-1-17; 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)

225 ILCS 46/40.1

    (225 ILCS 46/40.1)
    Sec. 40.1. Health Care Worker Registry working group.
    (a) The Office of the Governor shall establish a working group regarding the activities under this Act, with the following goals:
        (1) to evaluate and monitor the success of health
    
care waivers under Section 40 in creating job opportunity for people with criminal records; and
        (2) to identify and recommend changes to the waiver
    
application and implementation process to reduce barriers for applicants or employees.
    In order to ensure that the working group is fully informed, the Department of Public Health and the Governor's Office shall provide the working group with any relevant aggregate data currently available that is related to the waiver process and its effectiveness. The working group shall identify any gaps in information currently collected that would inform the working group's efforts and make recommendations to the Governor's Office and the General Assembly about what additional data should be collected to evaluate and monitor the success of the waiver process by July 1, 2017.
    (b) The working group shall be comprised of representatives from advocacy and community-based organizations, individuals directly impacted by the waiver process, industry representatives, members of the General Assembly, and representatives from the Department of Public Health and the Office of the Governor. The working group shall meet at least 2 times each year.
(Source: P.A. 99-872, eff. 1-1-17.)

225 ILCS 46/45

    (225 ILCS 46/45)
    Sec. 45. Application fees. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the student, applicant, or employee, other than a nurse aide, may be required to pay all related application and fingerprinting fees including, but not limited to, the amounts established by the Department of State Police to process fingerprint-based criminal history records checks. If a health care employer certified to participate in the Medicaid program pays the fees, the fees shall be a direct pass-through on the cost report submitted by the employer to the Medicaid agency.
(Source: P.A. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

225 ILCS 46/50

    (225 ILCS 46/50)
    Sec. 50. Health care employer files. The health care employer shall retain on file for a period of 5 years records of criminal records requests for all employees. The health care employer shall retain a copy of the disclosure and authorization forms, a copy of the livescan request form, all notifications resulting from the fingerprint-based criminal history records check and waiver, if appropriate, for the duration of the individual's employment. The files shall be subject to inspection by the agency responsible for inspecting, licensing, or certifying the health care employer. A fine of up to $500 may be imposed by the appropriate agency for failure to maintain these records. The Department of Public Health must keep an electronic record of criminal history background checks for an individual for as long as the individual remains active on the Health Care Worker Registry.
(Source: P.A. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

225 ILCS 46/55

    (225 ILCS 46/55)
    Sec. 55. Immunity from liability. A health care employer shall not be liable for the failure to hire or to retain an applicant or employee who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the offenses enumerated in subsection (a) of Section 25 of this Act. However, if an employee is suspended from employment based on the results of a criminal background check conducted under this Act and the results prompting the suspension are subsequently found to be inaccurate, the employee is entitled to recover backpay from his or her health care employer for the suspension period provided that the employer is the cause of the inaccuracy. The Department of Public Health is not liable for any hiring decisions, suspensions, or terminations.
    No health care employer shall be chargeable for any benefit charges that result from the payment of unemployment benefits to any claimant when the claimant's separation from that employer occurred because the claimant's criminal background included an offense enumerated in subsection (a) of Section 25, or the claimant's separation from that health care employer occurred as a result of the claimant violating a policy that the employer was required to maintain pursuant to the Drug Free Workplace Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

225 ILCS 46/60

    (225 ILCS 46/60)
    Sec. 60. Offense.
    (a) Any person whose profession is job counseling who knowingly counsels any person who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit any of the offenses enumerated in subsection (a) of Section 25 to apply for a position with duties involving direct contact with a client, patient, or resident of a health care employer or a position with duties that involve or may involve contact with residents or access to the living quarters or the financial, medical, or personal records of residents of a long-term care facility shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor unless a waiver is granted pursuant to Section 40 of this Act.
    (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to an individual performing official duties in connection with the administration of the State employment service described in Section 1705 of the Unemployment Insurance Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

225 ILCS 46/65

    (225 ILCS 46/65)
    Sec. 65. Health Care Worker Task Force. A Health Care Worker Task Force shall be appointed to study and make recommendations on statutory changes to this Act.
    (a) The Task Force shall monitor the status of the implementation of this Act and monitor complaint investigations relating to this Act by the Department on Aging, Department of Public Health, Department of Professional Regulation, and the Department of Human Services to determine the criminal background, if any, of health care workers who have had findings of abuse, theft, or exploitation.
    (b) The Task Force shall make recommendations concerning modifications to the list of offenses enumerated in Section 25, including time limits on all or some of the disqualifying offenses, and any other necessary or desirable changes to the Act.
    (c) In the event that proposed rules or changes are properly submitted to the Task Force and the Task Force fails to advise the Department within 90 days after receipt of the proposed rules or changes, final action shall be deemed to have been taken by the Task Force concerning the proposed rules or changes.
    (d) The Task Force shall be composed of the following members, who shall serve without pay:
        (1) a chairman knowledgeable about health care
    
issues, who shall be appointed by the Governor;
        (2) the Director of Public Health or his or her
    
designee;
        (3) the Director of State Police or his or her
    
designee;
        (3.5) the Director of Healthcare and Family Services
    
or his or her designee;
        (3.6) the Secretary of Human Services or his or her
    
designee;
        (3.7) the Director of Aging or his or her designee;
        (4) 2 representatives of health care providers, who
    
shall be appointed by the Governor;
        (5) 2 representatives of health care employees, who
    
shall be appointed by the Governor;
        (5.5) a representative of a Community Care homemaker
    
program, who shall be appointed by the Governor;
        (6) a representative of the general public who has an
    
interest in health care, who shall be appointed by the Governor; and
        (7) 4 members of the General Assembly, one appointed
    
by the Speaker of the House, one appointed by the House Minority Leader, one appointed by the President of the Senate, and one appointed by the Senate Minority Leader.
    (e) The Task Force shall meet at least quarterly, and more frequently at the discretion of the chairperson. Task Force members shall serve until a replacement is sworn and qualified. Nine members appointed to the Task Force constitutes a quorum.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 95-987, eff. 10-3-08.)

225 ILCS 46/70

    (225 ILCS 46/70)
    Sec. 70. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) grant; Voluntary FBI Fingerprint Demonstration Project.
    (a) The General Assembly authorizes the establishment of the Voluntary FBI Fingerprint Demonstration Project (Demonstration Project), which shall be consistent with the provisions of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant awarded to and distributed by the Department of Public Health pursuant to Title VI, Subtitle B, Part III, Subtitle C, Section 6201 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Demonstration Project is authorized to operate for the period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 and shall operate until the conclusion of this grant period or until the long-term care facility terminates its participation in the Demonstration Project, whichever occurs sooner.
    (b) The Long-Term Care Facility Advisory Board established under the Nursing Home Care Act shall act in an advisory capacity to the Demonstration Project.
    (c) Long-term care facilities voluntarily participating in the Demonstration Project shall, in addition to the provisions of this Section, comply with all requirements set forth in this Act. When conflict between the Act and the provisions of this Section occurs, the provisions of this Section shall supersede until the conclusion of the grant period or until the long-term care facility terminates its participation in the Demonstration Project, whichever occurs sooner.
    (d) The Department of Public Health shall select at least one facility in the State to participate in the Demonstration Project.
    (e) For the purposes of determining who shall be required to undergo a State and an FBI fingerprint-based criminal history records check under the Demonstration Project, "direct access employee" means any individual who has access to a patient or resident of a long-term care facility or provider through employment or through a contract with a long-term care facility or provider and has duties that involve or may involve one-on-one contact with a resident of the facility or provider, as determined by the State for purposes of the Demonstration Project.
    (f) All long-term care facilities licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act are qualified to volunteer for the Demonstration Project.
    (g) The Department of Public Health shall notify qualified long-term care facilities within 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly of the opportunity to volunteer for the Demonstration Project. The notice shall include information concerning application procedures and deadlines, termination rights, requirements for participation, the selection process, and a question-and-answer document addressing potential conflicts between this Act and the provisions of this Section.
    (h) Qualified long-term care facilities shall be given a minimum of 30 days after the date of receiving the notice to inform the Department of Public Health, in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of Public Health, of their interest in volunteering for the Demonstration Project. Facilities selected for the Demonstration Project shall be notified, within 30 days after the date of application, of the effective date that their participation in the Demonstration Project will begin, which may vary.
    (i) The individual applicant shall be responsible for the cost of each individual fingerprint inquiry, which may be offset with grant funds, if available.
    (j) Each applicant seeking employment in a position described in subsection (e) of this Section with a selected health care employer shall, as a condition of employment, have his or her fingerprints submitted to the Department of State Police in an electronic format that complies with the form and manner for requesting and furnishing criminal history record information by the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history record databases now and hereafter filed. The Department of State Police shall forward the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history records check. The Department of State Police shall charge a fee for conducting the criminal history records check, which shall not exceed the actual cost of the records check and shall be deposited into the State Police Services Fund. The Department of State Police shall furnish, pursuant to positive identification, records of Illinois convictions to the Department of Public Health.
    (k) A fingerprint-based criminal history records check submitted in accordance with subsection (j) of this Section shall be submitted as a fee applicant inquiry in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police.
    (l) A long-term care facility may terminate its participation in the Demonstration Project without prejudice by providing the Department of Public Health with notice of its intent to terminate at least 30 days prior to its voluntary termination.
    (m) This Section shall be inapplicable upon the conclusion of the CMMS grant period.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 98-1041, eff. 8-25-14; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)

225 ILCS 46/75

    (225 ILCS 46/75)
    Sec. 75. Rulemaking. The Department shall have the authority to adopt administrative rules and procedures to carry out the purpose of this Act. The provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act are hereby expressly adopted and shall apply to all administrative rules and procedures of the Department under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)

225 ILCS 46/90

    (225 ILCS 46/90)
    Sec. 90. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 89-197, eff. 7-21-95; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 46/95

    (225 ILCS 46/95)
    Sec. 95. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 89-197, eff. 7-21-95; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 46/99

    (225 ILCS 46/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 89-197, eff. 7-21-95.)