Illinois General Assembly

  Bills & Resolutions  
  Compiled Statutes  
  Public Acts  
  Legislative Reports  
  IL Constitution  
  Legislative Guide  
  Legislative Glossary  

 Search By Number
 (example: HB0001)
Search Tips

Search By Keyword

Illinois Compiled Statutes

Information maintained by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Updating the database of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) is an ongoing process. Recent laws may not yet be included in the ILCS database, but they are found on this site as Public Acts soon after they become law. For information concerning the relationship between statutes and Public Acts, refer to the Guide.

Because the statute database is maintained primarily for legislative drafting purposes, statutory changes are sometimes included in the statute database before they take effect. If the source note at the end of a Section of the statutes includes a Public Act that has not yet taken effect, the version of the law that is currently in effect may have already been removed from the database and you should refer to that Public Act to see the changes made to the current law.

PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
(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 most frail and disabled citizens of the State of Illinois 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. 94-665, eff. 1-1-06.)

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 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.
    "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.
    "Disqualifying offenses" means those offenses set forth in Section 25 of this Act.
    "Employee" means any individual hired, employed, or retained to which this Act applies.
    "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 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, or the ID/DD Community Care Act, a supportive living facility, an assisted living establishment, or a shared housing establishment or registered as a board and care home.
(Source: P.A. 97-38, eff. 6-28-11; 97-227, eff. 1-1-12; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 98-104, eff. 7-22-13.)

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. Persons ineligible to be hired by health care employers and long-term care facilities.
    (a) In the discretion of the Director of Public Health, as soon after January 1, 1996, January 1, 1997, January 1, 2006, or October 1, 2007, as applicable, and as is reasonably practical, no health care employer shall knowingly hire, employ, or retain any individual in a position with duties involving direct care for clients, patients, or residents, and no long-term care facility shall knowingly hire, employ, or retain 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, who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the following offenses: 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, 11-9.5, 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, 12-21, 12-21.6, 12-32, 12-33, 12C-5, 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, 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 Section 5, 5.1, 5.2, 7, or 9 of the Cannabis Control Act; those defined in the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act; or those defined in Sections 401, 401.1, 404, 405, 405.1, 407, or 407.1 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, unless the applicant or employee obtains a waiver pursuant to Section 40.
    (a-1) In the discretion of the Director of Public Health, as soon after January 1, 2004 or October 1, 2007, as applicable, and as is reasonably practical, no health care employer shall knowingly hire any individual in a position with duties involving direct care for clients, patients, or residents, and no long-term care facility shall knowingly hire 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, who has (i) been convicted of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the 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, unless the applicant or employee obtains a waiver pursuant to Section 40 of this 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 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 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.
(Source: P.A. 96-710, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1551, Article 1, Section 930, eff. 7-1-11; 96-1551, Article 2, Section 995, eff. 7-1-11; 96-1551, Article 10, Section 10-40, eff. 7-1-11; 97-597, eff. 1-1-12; 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

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 46/30

    (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 must 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 local 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 must initiate a fingerprint-based criminal history records check requested by the Department of Public Health 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 must 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 must 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 must 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 requested by the Department of Public Health 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 requestor shall be entered in the Health Care Worker Registry.
    (g) As long as the employee has had a fingerprint-based criminal history record check requested by the Department of Public Health and stays active on the Health Care Worker Registry, no further criminal history record checks shall be deemed necessary, 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 are required to check the Health Care Worker Registry before hiring an employee to determine that the individual has had a fingerprint-based record check requested by the Department of Public Health 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 must 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 nurse aide 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 nurse aide 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 must provide an employment verification for each employee no less than annually. The direct care employer or its designee must log into the Health Care Worker Registry through a secure login. The health care employer or its designee must 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. For health care employers that are not licensed or certified, 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) The Department of Public Health shall notify each health care employer or long-term care facility inquiring as to the information on the Health Care Worker Registry if the applicant or employee listed on the registry has a disqualifying offense and is therefore ineligible to work or has a waiver pursuant to Section 40 of this Act.
    (k) The student, applicant, or employee must 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 requested by the Department of Public Health of the student, applicant, or employee pursuant to this Act.
        (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. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07.)

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 must inform health care employers if a waiver is being sought by entering a record on the Health Care Worker Registry that a waiver is pending and must act upon the waiver request within 30 days of receipt of all necessary information, as defined by rule. Except in cases where a rehabilitation waiver is granted, a letter shall be sent to the applicant notifying the applicant that he or she has received an automatic waiver.
    (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. 95-120, eff. 8-13-07; 95-545, eff. 8-28-07; 95-876, eff. 8-21-08; 96-565, eff. 8-18-09.)

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.
    (a) In this Section:
    "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) grant" means the grant awarded to and distributed by the Department of Public Health to enhance the conduct of criminal history records checks of certain health care employees. The CMMS grant is authorized by Section 307 of the federal Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, which establishes the framework for a program to evaluate national and state background checks on prospective employees with direct access to patients of long-term care facilities or providers.
    "Selected health care employer" means any of the following selected to participate in the CMMS grant:
        (1) a community living facility as defined in the
    
Community Living Facility Act;
        (2) a long-term care facility as defined in the
    
Nursing Home Care Act;
        (3) a home health agency as defined in the Home
    
Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act;
        (4) a full hospice as defined in the Hospice
    
Licensing Act;
        (5) an establishment licensed under the Assisted
    
Living and Shared Housing Act;
        (6) a supportive living facility as defined in the
    
Illinois Public Aid Code;
        (7) a day training program certified by the
    
Department of Human Services;
        (8) 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
        (9) a long-term care hospital or hospital with swing
    
beds.
    (b) Selected health care employers shall be phased in to participate in the CMMS grant between January 1, 2006 and January 1, 2007, as prescribed by the Department of Public Health by rule.
    (c) With regards to individuals hired on or after January 1, 2006 who have direct access to residents, patients, or clients of the selected health care employer, selected health care employers must comply with Section 25 of this Act.
    "Individuals who have direct access" includes, but is not limited to, (i) direct care workers as described in subsection (a) of Section 25; (ii) individuals licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, such as nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and pharmacists; (iii) individuals who provide services on site, through contract; and (iv) non-direct care workers, such as those who work in environmental services, food service, and administration.
    "Individuals who have direct access" does not include physicians or volunteers.
    The Department of Public Health may further define "individuals who have direct access" by rule.
    (d) Each applicant seeking employment in a position described in subsection (c) 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.
    (e) A selected health care employer who makes a conditional offer of employment to an applicant shall:
        (1) ensure that the applicant has complied with the
    
fingerprinting requirements of this Section;
        (2) complete documentation relating to any criminal
    
history record, as revealed by the applicant, as prescribed by rule by the Department of Public Health;
        (3) complete documentation of the applicant's
    
personal identifiers as prescribed by rule by the Department of Public Health; and
        (4) provide supervision, as prescribed by rule by the
    
licensing agency, if the applicant is hired and allowed to work prior to the results of the criminal history records check being obtained.
    (f) A selected health care employer having actual knowledge from a source that an individual with direct access to a resident, patient, or client has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit one of the offenses enumerated in Section 25 of this Act shall contact the licensing agency or follow other instructions as prescribed by administrative rule.
    (g) A fingerprint-based criminal history records check submitted in accordance with subsection (d) of this Section must be submitted as a fee applicant inquiry in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police.
    (h) This Section shall be inapplicable upon the conclusion of the CMMS grant.
(Source: P.A. 94-665, eff. 1-1-06; 94-931, eff. 6-26-06; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

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.)