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CIVIL IMMUNITIES
(745 ILCS 35/) Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Intervenor and Reporter Immunity Law.

745 ILCS 35/1

    (745 ILCS 35/1) (from Ch. 70, par. 651)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act shall be known as and may be cited as the "Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Intervenor and Reporter Immunity Law".
(Source: P.A. 85-867.)

745 ILCS 35/2

    (745 ILCS 35/2) (from Ch. 70, par. 652)
    Sec. 2. Statement of public policy. Alcoholism and drug addiction are among the most serious health problems facing the people of the State of Illinois. One prominent characteristic of alcoholism and drug addiction is denial, which is the delusion of the alcoholic or drug addict that he or she will be able to control the use of alcohol or drugs. Successful treatment can be initiated only when the delusion self-control is shattered and the alcoholic or drug addict admits the hopelessness of his or her condition.
    The delusion of self-control can often be shattered, and successful treatment initiated years earlier than might otherwise be possible, by the use of the "intervention" process. This process involves confronting the alcoholic or drug addict with specific instances of misconduct or abnormal behavior caused by alcohol or drug use, as recited to the subject of the intervention by fact reporters such as: family members, friends, co-workers, employers or other concerned individuals who have first-hand knowledge of such incidents, and who are acting under the guidance of a trained "intervenor".
    It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois to promote and encourage use of the intervention process to help initiate successful treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. The intent of this Act is to further this goal by providing tort immunity to persons who participate in such interventions.
(Source: P.A. 85-867.)

745 ILCS 35/3

    (745 ILCS 35/3) (from Ch. 70, par. 653)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
    (a) "Addiction" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act.
    (b) "Alcoholic" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act.
    (c) "Intervention" means the technique of helping an alcoholic or drug addict realize and admit the reality of his or her condition by confronting or preparing to confront him or her with specific instances of misconduct or abnormal behavior caused by alcohol or drug use, as recited to the subject by fact reporters such as: family members, friends, co-workers, employers or other concerned individuals who have first-hand knowledge of such incidents, whether or not they are acting under the guidance of a trained intervenor. "Intervention" also includes steps taken to get treatment for the subject of an intervention or his or her family members.
    (d) A "trained intervenor" is someone who coordinates an intervention and is: (1) a school counselor, school social worker, or other professional certificated by a professional association whose members are licensed by the Department of Registration and Education; (2) a hospital providing substance abuse treatment that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals or by an alcohol or drug treatment program licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health or the Department of Human Services; (3) a professional employee working in an Employee Assistance Program or Student Assistance Program operated by a private employer or governmental body; or (4) a member of a professional association that has established an assistance program designed to intervene in the alcohol and drug-related problems of its members and is designated to act on behalf of the association's program.
    (e) "Fact reporter" or "reporter" means any identified person or organization who participates in an intervention and communicates first-hand knowledge of incidents or behavior that give rise to a reasonable belief that the reported individual suffers from alcohol or drug addiction.
    (f) "Controlled substance" means a drug, substance, or its immediate precursor listed in the Schedules of Article II of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94; 89-241, eff. 8-4-95; 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

745 ILCS 35/4

    (745 ILCS 35/4) (from Ch. 70, par. 654)
    Sec. 4. Immunity.
    (a) Any trained intervenor or fact-reporter who participates in an intervention shall not be liable in tort for any personal injuries caused by any act or omission in the course of an intervention unless the act or omission constitutes willful or wanton misconduct, and no such intervenor or fact-reporter shall be liable for any cause of action in the nature of invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, interference with family or business relationships, or defamation, unless that person acted with actual malice or willful intent to injure the subject of the intervention.
    (b) No public or private organization or agency, or any officer, director, trustee, employee, consultant, or agent of any such entity, that sponsors, authorizes, supports, finances, or supervises the training of intervenors or fact-reporters shall be liable for damages in any civil action based on the training of intervenors, unless the allegedly wrongful act or omission constitutes willful or wanton misconduct. In addition, no such entity or person shall be liable for any cause of action in the nature of invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, interference with family or business relationships, or defamation, unless that entity or person acted with actual malice or willful intent to injure the subject of the intervention.
    (c) No person who instructs a course for intervenors or fact-reporters shall be liable for damages in any civil action based on the acts or omissions of an intervenor or fact-reporter who received instruction on interventions by that instructor, unless the instruction given by such instructor constitutes willful or wanton misconduct. In addition, no such instructor shall be liable for any cause of action in the nature of invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, interference with family or business relationships, or defamation, unless that instructor acted with actual malice or willful intent to injure the subject of the intervention.
    (d) Any fact-reporter who encourages an individual or an individual's family members to seek treatment or who, as part of the intervention process, makes a report in good faith to a trained intervenor of any conduct that reasonably appears to indicate that an individual suffers from alcoholism or drug addiction shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal or otherwise, that might result as a consequence of making such a report, unless the person making the report is subject to a privilege recognized by the law of this State. The good faith of any fact-reporter making such a report shall be a rebuttable presumption.
    (e) All reports, findings, proceedings, and data relating to the course of any intervention, including steps taken in preparation and implementation, are confidential and privileged and are not subject to discovery or disclosure nor are they admissible in any proceeding including, but not limited to, any civil, administrative, or criminal proceeding, and no person who participates in an intervention shall be permitted or required to testify in any proceeding as to any evidence or other matters produced, presented, or considered during an intervention. However, information, documents, or other records otherwise available from original sources are not to be construed as immune from discovery or use in a proceeding merely because they were presented during an intervention.
(Source: P.A. 90-746, eff. 8-14-98.)