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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 135/) Genetic Counselor Licensing Act.

225 ILCS 135/1

    (225 ILCS 135/1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Genetic Counselor Licensing Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)

225 ILCS 135/5

    (225 ILCS 135/5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 5. Declaration of public policy. The mapping of the human genome continues to result in the rapid expansion of genetic knowledge and a proliferation of testing for genetic conditions. This has created a need for qualified genetics professionals, including genetic counselors, to coordinate an assessment, to deliver accurate information to families, to assist the families in adjusting to the implications of their diagnoses, and to help ensure that genetic information is used appropriately in the delivery of medical care. Therefore, the practice of genetic counseling is declared to affect the public health, safety, and welfare and to be subject to regulation in the public interest. The purpose of the Act is to protect and benefit the public by setting standards of qualifications, education, training, and experience for those who seek to obtain a license and hold the title of genetic counselor, to promote high standards of professional performance for those licensed to practice genetic counseling in the State of Illinois, and to protect the public from unprofessional conduct by persons licensed to practice genetic counseling.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)

225 ILCS 135/10

    (225 ILCS 135/10)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "ABGC" means the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
    "ABMG" means the American Board of Medical Genetics.
    "Active candidate status" is awarded to applicants who have received approval from the ABGC or ABMG to sit for their respective certification examinations.
    "Department" means the Department of Professional Regulation.
    "Director" means the Director of Professional Regulation.
    "Genetic anomaly" means a variation in an individual's DNA that has been shown to confer a genetically influenced disease or predisposition to a genetically influenced disease or makes a person a carrier of such variation. A "carrier" of a genetic anomaly means a person who may or may not have a predisposition or risk of incurring a genetically influenced condition and who is at risk of having offspring with a genetically influenced condition.
    "Genetic counseling" means the provision of services, which may include the ordering of genetic tests, pursuant to a referral, to individuals, couples, groups, families, and organizations by one or more appropriately trained individuals to address the physical and psychological issues associated with the occurrence or risk of occurrence or recurrence of a genetic disorder, birth defect, disease, or potentially inherited or genetically influenced condition in an individual or a family. "Genetic counseling" consists of the following:
        (A) Estimating the likelihood of occurrence or
    
recurrence of a birth defect or of any potentially inherited or genetically influenced condition. This assessment may involve:
            (i) obtaining and analyzing a complete health
        
history of the person and his or her family;
            (ii) reviewing pertinent medical records;
            (iii) evaluating the risks from exposure to
        
possible mutagens or teratogens;
            (iv) recommending genetic testing or other
        
evaluations to diagnose a condition or determine the carrier status of one or more family members;
        (B) Helping the individual, family, health care
    
provider, or health care professional (i) appreciate the medical, psychological and social implications of a disorder, including its features, variability, usual course and management options, (ii) learn how genetic factors contribute to the disorder and affect the chance for recurrence of the condition in other family members, and (iii) understand available options for coping with, preventing, or reducing the chance of occurrence or recurrence of a condition.
        (C) Facilitating an individual's or family's (i)
    
exploration of the perception of risk and burden associated with the disorder and (ii) adjustment and adaptation to the condition or their genetic risk by addressing needs for psychological, social, and medical support.
    "Genetic counselor" means a person licensed under this Act to engage in the practice of genetic counseling.
    "Genetic testing" and "genetic test" mean a test or analysis of human genes, gene products, DNA, RNA, chromosomes, proteins, or metabolites that detects genotypes, mutations, chromosomal changes, abnormalities, or deficiencies, including carrier status, that (i) are linked to physical or mental disorders or impairments, (ii) indicate a susceptibility to illness, disease, impairment, or other disorders, whether physical or mental, or (iii) demonstrate genetic or chromosomal damage due to environmental factors. "Genetic testing" and "genetic tests" do not include routine physical measurements; chemical, blood and urine analyses that are widely accepted and in use in clinical practice; tests for use of drugs; tests for the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus; analyses of proteins or metabolites that do not detect genotypes, mutations, chromosomal changes, abnormalities, or deficiencies; or analyses of proteins or metabolites that are directly related to a manifested disease, disorder, or pathological condition that could reasonably be detected by a health care professional with appropriate training and expertise in the field of medicine involved.
    "Person" means an individual, association, partnership, or corporation.
    "Qualified supervisor" means any person who is a licensed genetic counselor, as defined by rule, or a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches. A qualified supervisor may be provided at the applicant's place of work, or may be contracted by the applicant to provide supervision. The qualified supervisor shall file written documentation with the Department of employment, discharge, or supervisory control of a genetic counselor at the time of employment, discharge, or assumption of supervision of a genetic counselor.
    "Referral" means a written or telecommunicated authorization for genetic counseling services from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes referrals to a genetic counselor, or a physician assistant who has a supervision agreement with a supervising physician that authorizes referrals to a genetic counselor.
    "Supervision" means review of aspects of genetic counseling and case management in a bimonthly meeting with the person under supervision.
(Source: P.A. 96-1313, eff. 7-27-10.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "ABGC" means the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
    "ABMG" means the American Board of Medical Genetics.
    "Active candidate status" is awarded to applicants who have received approval from the ABGC or ABMG to sit for their respective certification examinations.
    "Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address, and those changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Genetic anomaly" means a variation in an individual's DNA that has been shown to confer a genetically influenced disease or predisposition to a genetically influenced disease or makes a person a carrier of such variation. A "carrier" of a genetic anomaly means a person who may or may not have a predisposition or risk of incurring a genetically influenced condition and who is at risk of having offspring with a genetically influenced condition.
    "Genetic counseling" means the provision of services, which may include the ordering of genetic tests, pursuant to a referral, to individuals, couples, groups, families, and organizations by one or more appropriately trained individuals to address the physical and psychological issues associated with the occurrence or risk of occurrence or recurrence of a genetic disorder, birth defect, disease, or potentially inherited or genetically influenced condition in an individual or a family. "Genetic counseling" consists of the following:
        (A) Estimating the likelihood of occurrence or
    
recurrence of a birth defect or of any potentially inherited or genetically influenced condition. This assessment may involve:
            (i) obtaining and analyzing a complete health
        
history of the person and his or her family;
            (ii) reviewing pertinent medical records;
            (iii) evaluating the risks from exposure to
        
possible mutagens or teratogens;
            (iv) recommending genetic testing or other
        
evaluations to diagnose a condition or determine the carrier status of one or more family members;
        (B) Helping the individual, family, health care
    
provider, or health care professional (i) appreciate the medical, psychological and social implications of a disorder, including its features, variability, usual course and management options, (ii) learn how genetic factors contribute to the disorder and affect the chance for recurrence of the condition in other family members, and (iii) understand available options for coping with, preventing, or reducing the chance of occurrence or recurrence of a condition.
        (C) Facilitating an individual's or family's (i)
    
exploration of the perception of risk and burden associated with the disorder and (ii) adjustment and adaptation to the condition or their genetic risk by addressing needs for psychological, social, and medical support.
    "Genetic counselor" means a person licensed under this Act to engage in the practice of genetic counseling.
    "Genetic testing" and "genetic test" mean a test or analysis of human genes, gene products, DNA, RNA, chromosomes, proteins, or metabolites that detects genotypes, mutations, chromosomal changes, abnormalities, or deficiencies, including carrier status, that (i) are linked to physical or mental disorders or impairments, (ii) indicate a susceptibility to illness, disease, impairment, or other disorders, whether physical or mental, or (iii) demonstrate genetic or chromosomal damage due to environmental factors. "Genetic testing" and "genetic tests" do not include routine physical measurements; chemical, blood and urine analyses that are widely accepted and in use in clinical practice; tests for use of drugs; tests for the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus; analyses of proteins or metabolites that do not detect genotypes, mutations, chromosomal changes, abnormalities, or deficiencies; or analyses of proteins or metabolites that are directly related to a manifested disease, disorder, or pathological condition that could reasonably be detected by a health care professional with appropriate training and expertise in the field of medicine involved.
    "Person" means an individual, association, partnership, or corporation.
    "Qualified supervisor" means any person who is a licensed genetic counselor, as defined by rule, or a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches. A qualified supervisor may be provided at the applicant's place of work, or may be contracted by the applicant to provide supervision. The qualified supervisor shall file written documentation with the Department of employment, discharge, or supervisory control of a genetic counselor at the time of employment, discharge, or assumption of supervision of a genetic counselor.
    "Referral" means a written or telecommunicated authorization for genetic counseling services from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes referrals to a genetic counselor, or a physician assistant who has a supervision agreement with a supervising physician that authorizes referrals to a genetic counselor.
    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Supervision" means review of aspects of genetic counseling and case management in a bimonthly meeting with the person under supervision.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/15

    (225 ILCS 135/15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 15. Exemptions.
    (a) This Act does not prohibit any persons legally regulated in this State by any other Act from engaging in the practice for which they are authorized as long as they do not represent themselves by the title of "genetic counselor" or "licensed genetic counselor". This Act does not prohibit the practice of nonregulated professions whose practitioners are engaged in the delivery of human services as long as these practitioners do not represent themselves as or use the title of "genetic counselor" or "licensed genetic counselor".
    (b) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the activities and services of (i) a student, intern, resident, or fellow in genetic counseling or genetics seeking to fulfill educational requirements in order to qualify for a license under this Act if these activities and services constitute a part of the student's supervised course of study or (ii) an individual seeking to fulfill the post-degree experience requirements in order to qualify for licensing under this Act, as long as the activities and services are supervised by a qualified supervisor. A student, intern, resident, or fellow must be designated by the title "intern", "resident", "fellow", or any other designation of trainee status. Nothing contained in this subsection shall be construed to permit students, interns, residents, or fellows to offer their services as genetic counselors or geneticists to any other person and to accept remuneration for such genetic counseling services, except as specifically provided in this subsection or subsection (c).
    (c) Corporations, partnerships, and associations may employ students, interns, or post-degree candidates seeking to fulfill educational requirements or the professional experience requirements needed to qualify for a license under this Act if their activities and services constitute a part of the student's supervised course of study or post-degree professional experience requirements. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a corporation, partnership, or association from contracting with a licensed health care professional to provide services that they are licensed to provide.
    (d) Nothing in this Act shall prevent the employment, by a genetic counselor, person, association, partnership, or corporation furnishing genetic counseling services for remuneration, of persons not licensed as genetic counselors under this Act to perform services in various capacities as needed, if these persons are not in any manner held out to the public or do not hold themselves out to the public by any title or designation stating or implying that they are genetic counselors.
    (e) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the services of a person, not licensed under the provisions of this Act, in the employ of a federal, State, county, or municipal agency or other political subdivision or not-for-profit corporation providing human services if (i) the services are a part of the duties in his or her salaried position, (ii) the services are performed solely on behalf of his or her employer, and (iii) that person does not in any manner represent himself or herself as or use the title of "genetic counselor" or "licensed genetic counselor".
    (f) Duly recognized members of any religious organization shall not be restricted from functioning in their ministerial capacity provided they do not represent themselves as being genetic counselors or as providing genetic counseling.
    (g) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require or prohibit any hospital, clinic, home health agency, hospice, or other entity that provides health care to employ or to contract with a person licensed under this Act to provide genetic counseling services.
    (h) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent any licensed social worker, licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical psychologist, licensed professional counselor, or licensed clinical professional counselor from practicing professional counseling as long as that person is not in any manner held out to the public as a "genetic counselor" or "licensed genetic counselor" or does not hold out his or her services as being genetic counseling.
    (i) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the practice of a person not licensed under this Act who is a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 or intern, fellow, or resident from using the title "genetic counselor" or any other title tending to indicate they are a genetic counselor.
    (j) Nothing in the Act shall prohibit a visiting ABGC or ABMG certified genetic counselor from outside the State working as a consultant, or organizations from outside the State employing ABGC or ABMG certified genetic counselors providing occasional services, who are not licensed under this Act, from engaging in the practice of genetic counseling subject to the stated circumstances and limitations defined by rule.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/20

    (225 ILCS 135/20)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 20. Restrictions and limitations.
    (a) Beginning 12 months after the adoption of the final administrative rules, except as provided in Section 15, no person shall, without a valid license as a genetic counselor issued by the Department (i) in any manner hold himself or herself out to the public as a genetic counselor under this Act; (ii) use in connection with his or her name or place of business the title "genetic counselor", "licensed genetic counselor", "gene counselor", "genetic consultant", or "genetic associate" or any words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia indicating or implying a person has met the qualifications for or has the license issued under this Act; or (iii) offer to render or render to individuals, corporations, or the public genetic counseling services if the words "genetic counselor" or "licensed genetic counselor" are used to describe the person offering to render or rendering them, or "genetic counseling" is used to describe the services rendered or offered to be rendered.
    (b) Beginning 12 months after the adoption of the final administrative rules, no licensed genetic counselor may provide genetic counseling to individuals, couples, groups, or families without a referral from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes referrals to a genetic counselor, or a physician assistant who has been delegated authority to make referrals to genetic counselors. The physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant shall maintain supervision of the patient and be provided timely written reports on the services, including genetic testing results, provided by the licensed genetic counselor. Genetic testing shall be ordered by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a genetic counselor pursuant to a referral that gives the specific authority to order genetic tests. Genetic test results and reports shall be provided to the referring physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant. General seminars or talks to groups or organizations on genetic counseling that do not include individual, couple, or family specific counseling may be conducted without a referral. In clinical settings, genetic counselors who serve as a liaison between family members of a patient and a genetic research project, may, with the consent of the patient, provide information to family members for the purpose of gathering additional information, as it relates to the patient, without a referral. In non-clinical settings where no patient is being treated, genetic counselors who serve as a liaison between a genetic research project and participants in that genetic research project may provide information to the participants, without a referral.
    (c) Beginning 12 months after the adoption of the final administrative rules, no association or partnership shall practice genetic counseling unless every member, partner, and employee of the association or partnership who practices genetic counseling or who renders genetic counseling services holds a valid license issued under this Act. No license shall be issued to a corporation, the stated purpose of which includes or which practices or which holds itself out as available to practice genetic counseling, unless it is organized under the Professional Service Corporation Act.
    (d) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting persons licensed as genetic counselors to engage in any manner in the practice of medicine in all its branches as defined by law in this State.
    (e) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize a licensed genetic counselor to diagnose, test (unless authorized in a referral), or treat any genetic or other disease or condition.
    (f) When, in the course of providing genetic counseling services to any person, a genetic counselor licensed under this Act finds any indication of a disease or condition that in his or her professional judgment requires professional service outside the scope of practice as defined in this Act, he or she shall refer that person to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches.
(Source: P.A. 96-1313, eff. 7-27-10.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 20. Restrictions and limitations.
    (a) Except as provided in Section 15, no person shall, without a valid license as a genetic counselor issued by the Department (i) in any manner hold himself or herself out to the public as a genetic counselor under this Act; (ii) use in connection with his or her name or place of business the title "genetic counselor", "licensed genetic counselor", "gene counselor", "genetic consultant", or "genetic associate" or any words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia indicating or implying a person has met the qualifications for or has the license issued under this Act; or (iii) offer to render or render to individuals, corporations, or the public genetic counseling services if the words "genetic counselor" or "licensed genetic counselor" are used to describe the person offering to render or rendering them, or "genetic counseling" is used to describe the services rendered or offered to be rendered.
    (b) No licensed genetic counselor may provide genetic counseling to individuals, couples, groups, or families without a referral from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes referrals to a genetic counselor, or a physician assistant who has been delegated authority to make referrals to genetic counselors. The physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant shall maintain supervision of the patient and be provided timely written reports on the services, including genetic testing results, provided by the licensed genetic counselor. Genetic testing shall be ordered by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a genetic counselor pursuant to a referral that gives the specific authority to order genetic tests. Genetic test results and reports shall be provided to the referring physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant. General seminars or talks to groups or organizations on genetic counseling that do not include individual, couple, or family specific counseling may be conducted without a referral. In clinical settings, genetic counselors who serve as a liaison between family members of a patient and a genetic research project, may, with the consent of the patient, provide information to family members for the purpose of gathering additional information, as it relates to the patient, without a referral. In non-clinical settings where no patient is being treated, genetic counselors who serve as a liaison between a genetic research project and participants in that genetic research project may provide information to the participants, without a referral.
    (c) No association or partnership shall practice genetic counseling unless every member, partner, and employee of the association or partnership who practices genetic counseling or who renders genetic counseling services holds a valid license issued under this Act. No license shall be issued to a corporation, the stated purpose of which includes or which practices or which holds itself out as available to practice genetic counseling, unless it is organized under the Professional Service Corporation Act.
    (d) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting persons licensed as genetic counselors to engage in any manner in the practice of medicine in all its branches as defined by law in this State.
    (e) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize a licensed genetic counselor to diagnose, test (unless authorized in a referral), or treat any genetic or other disease or condition.
    (f) When, in the course of providing genetic counseling services to any person, a genetic counselor licensed under this Act finds any indication of a disease or condition that in his or her professional judgment requires professional service outside the scope of practice as defined in this Act, he or she shall refer that person to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/25

    (225 ILCS 135/25)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 25. Unlicensed practice; violation; civil penalty.
    (a) Beginning 12 months after the adoption of the final administrative rules, any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice, or holds himself or herself out to practice as a genetic counselor without being licensed or exempt under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $5,000 for each offense, as determined by the Department. Civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of a licensee.
    (b) The Department may investigate any actual, alleged, or suspected unlicensed activity.
    (c) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order shall constitute a final judgment and may be filed and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 25. Unlicensed practice; violation; civil penalty.
    (a) Any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice, or holds himself or herself out to practice as a genetic counselor without being licensed or exempt under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each offense, as determined by the Department. Civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of a licensee.
    (b) The Department may investigate any actual, alleged, or suspected unlicensed activity.
    (c) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order shall constitute a final judgment and may be filed and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/30

    (225 ILCS 135/30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 30. Powers and duties of the Department. Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Department may:
        (a) authorize examinations to ascertain the
    
qualifications and fitness of applicants for licensing as genetic counselors and pass upon the qualifications of applicants for licensure by endorsement;
        (b) conduct hearings on proceedings to refuse to
    
issue or renew or to revoke licenses or suspend, place on probation, censure, or reprimand persons licensed under this Act, and to refuse to issue or renew or to revoke licenses, or suspend, place on probation, censure, or reprimand persons licensed under this Act;
        (c) adopt rules necessary for the administration of
    
this Act; and
        (d) maintain rosters of the names and addresses of
    
all licensees and all persons whose licenses have been suspended, revoked, or denied. These rosters shall be available upon written request and payment of the required fee.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/40

    (225 ILCS 135/40)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 40. Application for original license. Applications for original licenses shall be made to the Department on forms prescribed by the Department and accompanied by the required fee, which is not refundable. All applications shall contain such information that, in the judgment of the Department, will enable the Department to pass on the qualifications of the applicant for a license to practice as a genetic counselor.
    If an applicant fails to obtain a license under this Act within 3 years after filing his or her application, the application shall be denied. The applicant may make a new application, which shall be accompanied by the required nonrefundable fee. The applicant shall be required to meet the qualifications required for licensure at the time of reapplication.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/45

    (225 ILCS 135/45)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 45. Social Security Number on license application. In addition to any other information required to be contained in the application, every application for an original license under this Act shall include the applicant's Social Security Number, which shall be retained in the agency's records pertaining to the license. As soon as practical, the Department shall assign a customer's identification number to each applicant for a license.
    Every application for a renewal or restored license shall require the applicant's customer identification number.
(Source: P.A. 97-400, eff. 1-1-12.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 45. Social Security Number on license application. In addition to any other information required to be contained in the application, every application for an original license under this Act shall include the applicant's Social Security Number, which shall be retained in the agency's records pertaining to the license. As soon as practical, the Department shall assign a customer's identification number to each applicant for a license.
    Every application for a renewal, reinstated, or restored license shall require the applicant's customer identification number.
(Source: P.A. 97-400, eff. 1-1-12; 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/50

    (225 ILCS 135/50)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 50. Examination.
    (a) Applicants for genetic counseling licensure must provide evidence that they have successfully completed the certification examination provided by the ABGC or ABMG, if they are master's degree trained genetic counselors, or the ABMG, if they are PhD trained medical geneticists; or successfully completed the examination provided by the successor agencies of the ABGC or ABMG. The examinations shall be of a character to fairly test the competence and qualifications of the applicants to practice genetic counseling.
     (b) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/55

    (225 ILCS 135/55)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 55. Qualifications for licensure. A person shall be qualified for licensure as a genetic counselor and the Department may issue a license if that person:
        (1) has applied in writing in form and substance
    
satisfactory to the Department; is at least 21 years of age;
        (2) has not engaged in conduct or activities which
    
would constitute grounds for discipline under this Act;
        (3) (i) has successfully completed a Master's degree
    
in genetic counseling from an ABGC or ABMG accredited training program or an equivalent program approved by the ABGC or the ABMG or (ii) is a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or (iii) has a doctoral degree and has successfully completed an ABMG accredited medical genetics training program or an equivalent program approved by the ABMG;
        (4) has successfully completed an examination
    
provided by the ABGC or its successor, the ABMG or its successor, or a substantially equivalent examination approved by the Department;
        (5) has paid the fees required by rule;
        (6) has met the requirements for certification set
    
forth by the ABGC or its successor or the ABMG or its successor; and
        (7) has met any other requirements established by
    
rule.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/60

    (225 ILCS 135/60)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 60. Temporary licensure. A temporary license may be issued to an individual who has made application to the Department, has submitted evidence to the Department of admission to the certifying examination administered by the ABGC or the ABMG or either of its successor agencies, has met all of the requirements for licensure in accordance with Section 55 of this Act, except the examination requirement of item (4) of Section 55 of this Act, and has met any other condition established by rule. The holder of a temporary license shall practice only under the supervision of a qualified supervisor and may not have the authority to order genetic tests. Nothing in this Section prohibits an applicant from re-applying for a temporary license if he or she meets the qualifications of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-1313, eff. 7-27-10.)

225 ILCS 135/65

    (225 ILCS 135/65)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 65. Licenses; renewal; restoration; person in military service; inactive status.
    (a) The expiration date and renewal period for each license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. As a condition of renewal of a license, a licensee must complete continuing education requirements established by rule of the Department.
    (b) Any person who has permitted a license to expire or who has a license on inactive status may have it restored by submitting an application to the Department and filing proof of fitness, as defined by rule, to have the license restored, including, if appropriate, evidence which is satisfactory to the Department certifying the active practice of genetic counseling in another jurisdiction, and by paying the required fee.
    (c) If the person has not maintained an active practice in another jurisdiction that is satisfactory to the Department, the Department shall determine the person's fitness to resume active status. The Department may also require the person to complete a specific period of evaluated genetic counseling work experience under the supervision of a qualified supervisor and may require demonstration of completion of continuing education requirements.
    (d) Any person whose license expired while on active duty with the armed forces of the United States, while called into service or training with the State Militia, or while in training or education under the supervision of the United States government prior to induction into military service may have his license restored without paying any renewal fees if, within 2 years after the termination of such service, training, or education, except under conditions other than honorable, the Department is furnished with satisfactory evidence that the person has been so engaged and that such service, training, or education has been so terminated.
    (e) A license to practice shall not be denied any applicant because of the applicant's race, religion, creed, national origin, political beliefs or activities, age, sex, or physical impairment.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/70

    (225 ILCS 135/70)
    Sec. 70. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04. Repealed by P.A. 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/73

    (225 ILCS 135/73)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 73. Inactive status. A person who notifies the Department in writing on forms prescribed by the Department may elect to place his or her license on inactive status and shall, subject to rule of the Department, be excused from payment of renewal fees until he or she notifies the Department, in writing, of his or her desire to resume active status.
    A person requesting restoration from inactive status shall be required to pay the current renewal fee and shall be required to restore his or her license, pursuant to Section 65 of this Act.
    Practice by an individual whose license is on inactive status shall be considered to be the unlicensed practice of genetic counseling and shall be grounds for discipline under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/75

    (225 ILCS 135/75)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 75. Fees; deposit of fees. The Department shall, by rule, establish a schedule of fees for the administration and enforcement of this Act. These fees shall be nonrefundable.
    All of the fees and fines collected under this Act shall be deposited into the General Professions Dedicated Fund. The moneys deposited into the General Professions Dedicated Fund shall be used by the Department, as appropriate, for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department. Moneys in the General Professions Dedicated Fund may be invested and reinvested, with all earnings received from these investments being deposited into that Fund and used for the same purposes as the fees and fines deposited in that Fund.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/80

    (225 ILCS 135/80)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 80. Checks or orders dishonored. Any person who issues or delivers a check or other order to the Department that is returned to the Department unpaid by the financial institution upon which it is drawn shall pay to the Department, in addition to the amount already owed to the Department, a fine of $50. The fines imposed by this Section are in addition to any other discipline provided under this Act prohibiting unlicensed practice or practice on a nonrenewed license. The Department shall notify the person that payment of fees and fines shall be paid to the Department by certified check or money order within 30 calendar days after notification. If, after the expiration of 30 days from the date of the notification, the person has failed to submit the necessary remittance, the Department shall automatically terminate the license or certification or deny the application, without hearing. If, after termination or denial, the person seeks a license or certificate, he or she shall apply to the Department for restoration or issuance of the license or certificate and pay all fees and fines due to the Department. The Department may establish a fee for the processing of an application for restoration of a license to pay all costs and expenses of processing of this application. The Director may waive the fines due under this Section in individual cases where the Director finds that the fines would be unnecessarily burdensome.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 80. Checks or orders dishonored. Any person who issues or delivers a check or other order to the Department that is returned to the Department unpaid by the financial institution upon which it is drawn shall pay to the Department, in addition to the amount already owed to the Department, a fine of $50. The fines imposed by this Section are in addition to any other discipline provided under this Act prohibiting unlicensed practice or practice on a nonrenewed license. The Department shall notify the person that payment of fees and fines shall be paid to the Department by certified check or money order within 30 calendar days after notification. If, after the expiration of 30 days from the date of the notification, the person has failed to submit the necessary remittance, the Department shall automatically terminate the license or certification or deny the application, without hearing. If, after termination or denial, the person seeks a license or certificate, he or she shall apply to the Department for restoration or issuance of the license or certificate and pay all fees and fines due to the Department. The Department may establish a fee for the processing of an application for restoration of a license to pay all costs and expenses of processing of this application. The Secretary may waive the fines due under this Section in individual cases where the Secretary finds that the fines would be unnecessarily burdensome.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/85

    (225 ILCS 135/85)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 85. Endorsement. The Department may issue a license as a genetic counselor, without administering the required examination, to an applicant licensed under the laws of another state, a U.S. territory, or another country if the requirements for licensure in that state, U.S. territory, or country are, on the date of licensure, substantially equal to the requirements of this Act or to a person who, at the time of his or her application for licensure, possesses individual qualifications that are substantially equivalent to the requirements of this Act. An applicant under this Section shall pay all of the required fees.
    An applicant shall have 3 years from the date of application to complete the application process. If the process has not been completed within the 3-year time period, the application shall be denied, the fee shall be forfeited, and the applicant shall be required to reapply and meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)

225 ILCS 135/90

    (225 ILCS 135/90)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 90. Privileged communications and exceptions.
    (a) With the exception of disclosure to the physician performing or supervising a genetic test and to the referring physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant, no licensed genetic counselor shall disclose any information acquired from persons consulting the counselor in a professional capacity, except that which may be voluntarily disclosed under any of the following circumstances:
        (1) In the course of formally reporting, conferring,
    
or consulting with administrative superiors, colleagues, or consultants who share professional responsibility, in which instance all recipients of the information are similarly bound to regard the communication as privileged.
        (2) With the written consent of the person who
    
provided the information and about whom the information concerns.
        (3) In the case of death or disability, with the
    
written consent of a personal representative.
        (4) When a communication reveals the intended
    
commission of a crime or harmful act and such disclosure is judged necessary in the professional judgment of the licensed genetic counselor to protect any person from a clear risk of serious mental or physical harm or injury or to forestall a serious threat to the public safety.
        (5) When the person waives the privilege by bringing
    
any public charges or filing a lawsuit against the licensee.
    (b) Any person having access to records or anyone who participates in providing genetic counseling services, or in providing any human services, or is supervised by a licensed genetic counselor is similarly bound to regard all information and communications as privileged in accord with this Section.
    (c) The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act is incorporated herein as if all of its provisions were included in this Act. In the event of a conflict between the application of this Section and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act to a specific situation, the provisions of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act shall control.
(Source: P.A. 96-1313, eff. 7-27-10.)

225 ILCS 135/95

    (225 ILCS 135/95)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 95. Grounds for discipline.
    (a) The Department may refuse to issue, renew, or may revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary action as the Department deems appropriate, including the issuance of fines not to exceed $1,000 for each violation, with regard to any license for any one or more of the following:
        (1) Material misstatement in furnishing information
    
to the Department or to any other State agency.
        (2) Violations or negligent or intentional disregard
    
of this Act, or any of its rules.
        (3) Conviction of any crime under the laws of the
    
United States or any state or territory thereof that is a felony, a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or a crime that is directly related to the practice of the profession.
        (4) Making any misrepresentation for the purpose of
    
obtaining a license, or violating any provision of this Act or its rules.
        (5) Gross negligence in the rendering of genetic
    
counseling services.
        (6) Failure to provide genetic testing results and
    
any requested information to a referring physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant.
        (7) Aiding or assisting another person in
    
violating any provision of this Act or any rules.
        (8) Failing to provide information within 60 days in
    
response to a written request made by the Department.
        (9) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
    
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public and violating the rules of professional conduct adopted by the Department.
        (10) Failing to maintain the confidentiality of any
    
information received from a client, unless otherwise authorized or required by law.
        (10.5) Failure to maintain client records of
    
services provided and provide copies to clients upon request.
        (11) Exploiting a client for personal advantage,
    
profit, or interest.
        (12) Habitual or excessive use or addiction to
    
alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug which results in inability to practice with reasonable skill, judgment, or safety.
        (13) Discipline by another jurisdiction, if at
    
least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Section.
        (14) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving
    
from any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association any fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for any professional service not actually rendered. Nothing in this paragraph (14) affects any bona fide independent contractor or employment arrangements among health care professionals, health facilities, health care providers, or other entities, except as otherwise prohibited by law. Any employment arrangements may include provisions for compensation, health insurance, pension, or other employment benefits for the provision of services within the scope of the licensee's practice under this Act. Nothing in this paragraph (14) shall be construed to require an employment arrangement to receive professional fees for services rendered.
        (15) A finding by the Department that the licensee,
    
after having the license placed on probationary status has violated the terms of probation.
        (16) Failing to refer a client to other health care
    
professionals when the licensee is unable or unwilling to adequately support or serve the client.
        (17) Willfully filing false reports relating to a
    
licensee's practice, including but not limited to false records filed with federal or State agencies or departments.
        (18) Willfully failing to report an instance of
    
suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
        (19) Being named as a perpetrator in an indicated
    
report by the Department of Children and Family Services pursuant to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the licensee has caused a child to be an abused child or neglected child as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
        (20) Physical or mental disability, including
    
deterioration through the aging process or loss of abilities and skills which results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
        (21) Solicitation of professional services by using
    
false or misleading advertising.
        (22) Failure to file a return, or to pay the tax,
    
penalty of interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue or any successor agency or the Internal Revenue Service or any successor agency.
        (23) A finding that licensure has been applied for or
    
obtained by fraudulent means.
        (24) Practicing or attempting to practice under a
    
name other than the full name as shown on the license or any other legally authorized name.
        (25) Gross overcharging for professional services,
    
including filing statements for collection of fees or monies for which services are not rendered.
        (26) Providing genetic counseling services to
    
individuals, couples, groups, or families without a referral from either a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes the advanced practice nurse to make referrals to a genetic counselor, or a physician assistant who has been delegated authority to make referrals to genetic counselors.
    (b) The Department shall deny, without hearing, any application or renewal for a license under this Act to any person who has defaulted on an educational loan guaranteed by the Illinois State Assistance Commission; however, the Department may issue a license or renewal if the person in default has established a satisfactory repayment record as determined by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
    (c) The determination by a court that a licensee is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code will result in an automatic suspension of his or her license. The suspension will end upon a finding by a court that the licensee is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission, the issuance of an order so finding and discharging the patient, and the determination of the Director that the licensee be allowed to resume professional practice.
(Source: P.A. 96-1313, eff. 7-27-10; 96-1482, eff. 11-29-10; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 95. Grounds for discipline.
    (a) The Department may refuse to issue, renew, or may revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department deems appropriate, including the issuance of fines not to exceed $10,000 for each violation, with regard to any license for any one or more of the following:
        (1) Material misstatement in furnishing information
    
to the Department or to any other State agency.
        (2) Violations or negligent or intentional disregard
    
of this Act, or any of its rules.
        (3) Conviction by plea of guilty or nolo contendere,
    
finding of guilt, jury verdict, or entry of judgment or sentencing, including, but not limited to, convictions, preceding sentences of supervision, conditional discharge, or first offender probation, under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States: (i) that is a felony or (ii) that is a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or that is directly related to the practice of genetic counseling.
        (4) Making any misrepresentation for the purpose of
    
obtaining a license, or violating any provision of this Act or its rules.
        (5) Negligence in the rendering of genetic counseling
    
services.
        (6) Failure to provide genetic testing results and
    
any requested information to a referring physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant.
        (7) Aiding or assisting another person in
    
violating any provision of this Act or any rules.
        (8) Failing to provide information within 60 days in
    
response to a written request made by the Department.
        (9) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
    
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public and violating the rules of professional conduct adopted by the Department.
        (10) Failing to maintain the confidentiality of any
    
information received from a client, unless otherwise authorized or required by law.
        (10.5) Failure to maintain client records of
    
services provided and provide copies to clients upon request.
        (11) Exploiting a client for personal advantage,
    
profit, or interest.
        (12) Habitual or excessive use or addiction to
    
alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug which results in inability to practice with reasonable skill, judgment, or safety.
        (13) Discipline by another governmental agency or
    
unit of government, by any jurisdiction of the United States, or by a foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Section.
        (14) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving
    
from any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association any fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for any professional service not actually rendered. Nothing in this paragraph (14) affects any bona fide independent contractor or employment arrangements among health care professionals, health facilities, health care providers, or other entities, except as otherwise prohibited by law. Any employment arrangements may include provisions for compensation, health insurance, pension, or other employment benefits for the provision of services within the scope of the licensee's practice under this Act. Nothing in this paragraph (14) shall be construed to require an employment arrangement to receive professional fees for services rendered.
        (15) A finding by the Department that the licensee,
    
after having the license placed on probationary status has violated the terms of probation.
        (16) Failing to refer a client to other health care
    
professionals when the licensee is unable or unwilling to adequately support or serve the client.
        (17) Willfully filing false reports relating to a
    
licensee's practice, including but not limited to false records filed with federal or State agencies or departments.
        (18) Willfully failing to report an instance of
    
suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
        (19) Being named as a perpetrator in an indicated
    
report by the Department of Children and Family Services pursuant to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the licensee has caused a child to be an abused child or neglected child as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
        (20) Physical or mental disability, including
    
deterioration through the aging process or loss of abilities and skills which results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
        (21) Solicitation of professional services by using
    
false or misleading advertising.
        (22) Failure to file a return, or to pay the tax,
    
penalty of interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue or any successor agency or the Internal Revenue Service or any successor agency.
        (23) Fraud or making any misrepresentation in
    
applying for or procuring a license under this Act or in connection with applying for renewal of a license under this Act.
        (24) Practicing or attempting to practice under a
    
name other than the full name as shown on the license or any other legally authorized name.
        (25) Gross overcharging for professional services,
    
including filing statements for collection of fees or monies for which services are not rendered.
        (26) Providing genetic counseling services to
    
individuals, couples, groups, or families without a referral from either a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes the advanced practice nurse to make referrals to a genetic counselor, or a physician assistant who has been delegated authority to make referrals to genetic counselors.
        (27) Charging for professional services not rendered,
    
including filing false statements for the collection of fees for which services are not rendered.
        (28) Allowing one's license under this Act to be used
    
by an unlicensed person in violation of this Act.
    (b) The Department shall deny, without hearing, any application or renewal for a license under this Act to any person who has defaulted on an educational loan guaranteed by the Illinois State Assistance Commission; however, the Department may issue a license or renewal if the person in default has established a satisfactory repayment record as determined by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
    (c) The determination by a court that a licensee is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code will result in an automatic suspension of his or her license. The suspension will end upon a finding by a court that the licensee is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission, the issuance of an order so finding and discharging the patient, and the determination of the Secretary that the licensee be allowed to resume professional practice.
    (d) The Department may refuse to issue or renew or may suspend without hearing the license of any person who fails to file a return, to pay the tax penalty or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of the tax, penalty, or interest as required by any Act regarding the payment of taxes administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue until the requirements of the Act are satisfied in accordance with subsection (g) of Section 2105-15 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
    (e) In cases where the Department of Healthcare and Family Services has previously determined that a licensee or a potential licensee is more than 30 days delinquent in the payment of child support and has subsequently certified the delinquency to the Department, the Department may refuse to issue or renew or may revoke or suspend that person's license or may take other disciplinary action against that person based solely upon the certification of delinquency made by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in accordance with item (5) of subsection (a) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
    (f) All fines or costs imposed under this Section shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the fine or costs or in accordance with the terms set forth in the order imposing the fine.
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/97

    (225 ILCS 135/97)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 97. Suspension of license for failure to pay restitution. The Department, without further process or hearing, shall suspend the license or other authorization to practice of any person issued under this Act who has been certified by court order as not having paid restitution to a person under Section 8A-3.5 of the Illinois Public Aid Code or under Section 17-10.5 or 46-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012. A person whose license or other authorization to practice is suspended under this Section is prohibited from practicing until the restitution is made in full.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

225 ILCS 135/100

    (225 ILCS 135/100)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 100. Violations; injunction; cease and desist order.
    (a) If any person violates the provisions of this Act, the Director may, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, through the Attorney General, petition for an order enjoining the violation or for an order enforcing compliance with this Act. Upon the filing of a verified petition, the court with appropriate jurisdiction may issue a temporary restraining order without notice or bond, and may preliminarily and permanently enjoin the violation. If it is established that the person has violated or is violating the injunction, the court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this Section are in addition to all other remedies and penalties provided by this Act.
    (b) If any person holds himself or herself out as being a licensed genetic counselor under this Act and is not licensed to do so, then any licensed genetic counselor, interested party, or any person injured thereby may petition for relief as provided in subsection (a) of this Section.
    (c) Whenever, in the opinion of the Department, a person violates any provision of this Act, the Department may issue a rule to show cause why an order to cease and desist should not be entered against that person. The rule shall clearly set forth the grounds relied upon by the Department and shall allow at least 7 days from the date of the rule to file an answer satisfactory to the Department. Failure to answer to the satisfaction of the Department shall cause an order to cease and desist to be issued.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 100. Violations; injunction; cease and desist order.
    (a) If any person violates the provisions of this Act, the Secretary may, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, through the Attorney General of the State of Illinois or the State's Attorney of any county in which the violation is alleged to have occurred, petition for an order enjoining the violation or for an order enforcing compliance with this Act. Upon the filing of a verified petition, the court with appropriate jurisdiction may issue a temporary restraining order without notice or bond, and may preliminarily and permanently enjoin the violation. If it is established that the person has violated or is violating the injunction, the court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this Section are in addition to all other remedies and penalties provided by this Act.
    (b) If any person holds himself or herself out as being a licensed genetic counselor under this Act and is not licensed to do so, then any licensed genetic counselor, interested party, or any person injured thereby may petition for relief as provided in subsection (a) of this Section.
    (c) Whenever, in the opinion of the Department, a person violates any provision of this Act, the Department may issue a rule to show cause why an order to cease and desist should not be entered against that person. The rule shall clearly set forth the grounds relied upon by the Department and shall allow at least 7 days from the date of the rule to file an answer satisfactory to the Department. Failure to answer to the satisfaction of the Department shall cause an order to cease and desist to be issued.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/105

    (225 ILCS 135/105)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 105. Investigations; notice and hearing. The Department may investigate the actions of any applicant or any person holding or claiming to hold a license. The Department shall, before revoking, suspending, placing on probation, reprimanding, or taking any other disciplinary action under Section 95 of this Act, at least 30 days prior to the date set for the hearing, (i) notify the accused, in writing, of any charges made and the time and place for the hearing on the charges, (ii) direct him or her to file a written answer to the charges with the Department under oath within 20 days after service of the notice, and (iii) inform the accused that, if he or she fails to answer, default will be taken against him or her or that his or her license or certificate may be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or other disciplinary action taken with regard to the license, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of his or her practice, as the Department may deem proper. In case the person, after receiving notice, fails to file an answer, his or her license may, in the discretion of the Department, be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or the Department may take whatever disciplinary action deemed proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of the person's practice or the imposition of a fine, without a hearing, if the act or acts charged constitute sufficient grounds for such action under this Act. The written notice may be served by personal delivery or certified mail to the address specified by the accused in his or her last notification to the Department.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 105. Investigations; notice and hearing. The Department may investigate the actions of any applicant or any person holding or claiming to hold a license. The Department shall, before revoking, suspending, placing on probation, reprimanding, or taking any other disciplinary action under Section 95 of this Act, at least 30 days prior to the date set for the hearing, (i) notify the accused, in writing, of any charges made and the time and place for the hearing on the charges, (ii) direct him or her to file a written answer to the charges with the Department under oath within 20 days after service of the notice, and (iii) inform the accused that, if he or she fails to answer, default will be taken against him or her or that his or her license or certificate may be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or other disciplinary action taken with regard to the license, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of his or her practice, as the Department may deem proper. In case the person, after receiving notice, fails to file an answer, his or her license may, in the discretion of the Department, be suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or the Department may take whatever disciplinary action considered proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of the person's practice or the imposition of a fine, without a hearing, if the act or acts charged constitute sufficient grounds for such action under this Act. The written notice may be served by personal delivery or certified mail to the licensee's address of record.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/110

    (225 ILCS 135/110)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 110. Record of proceedings; transcript. The Department, at its expense, shall preserve a record of all proceedings at the formal hearing of any case. The notice of hearing, complaint, all other documents in the nature of pleadings, written motions filed in the proceedings, the transcript of testimony, the report of the hearing officer and orders of the Department shall be in the record of such proceeding. The Department shall furnish a transcript of the record to any person interested in the hearing upon payment of the fee required under Section 2105-115 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 110. Record of proceedings; transcript. The Department, at its expense, shall preserve a record of all proceedings at the formal hearing of any case.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/115

    (225 ILCS 135/115)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 115. Subpoenas; depositions; oaths. The Department has the power to subpoena and to bring before it any person and to take testimony either orally or by deposition, or both, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed in civil cases in the courts of this State. The Director and the designated hearing officer has the power to administer oaths to witnesses at any hearing which the Department is authorized to conduct, and any other oaths authorized in any Act administered by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 115. Subpoenas; depositions; oaths. The Department may subpoena and bring before it any person in this State and take the oral or written testimony or compel the production of any books, papers, records, or any other documents that the Secretary or his or her designee deems relevant or material to any investigation or hearing conducted by the Department with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed in civil cases in the courts of this State. The Secretary, the shorthand court reporter, and the designated hearing officer may administer oaths at any hearing which the Department conducts. Notwithstanding any other statute or Department rule to the contrary, all requests for testimony and for the production of documents or records shall be in accordance with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/120

    (225 ILCS 135/120)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 120. Compelling testimony. Any court, upon application of the Department, designated hearing officer, or the applicant or licensee against whom proceedings under Section 95 of this Act are pending, may enter an order requiring the attendance of witnesses and their testimony and the production of documents, papers, files, books, and records in connection with any hearing or investigation. The court may compel obedience to its order by proceedings for contempt.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 120. Compelling testimony. Any court, upon application of the Department, designated hearing officer, or the applicant or licensee against whom proceedings under Section 95 of this Act are pending, may order the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of relevant documents, papers, files, books, and records in connection with any hearing or investigation. The court may compel obedience to its order by proceedings for contempt.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/125

    (225 ILCS 135/125)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 125. Findings and recommendations. At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer shall present to the Director a written report of its findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations. The report shall contain a finding whether the licensee violated this Act or failed to comply with the conditions required in this Act. The hearing officer shall specify the nature of the violation or failure to comply, and shall make its recommendations to the Director. The report of findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation of the hearing officer shall be the basis for the Department's order for refusal or for the granting of the license. If the Director disagrees with the recommendations of the hearing officer, the Director may issue an order in contravention of the hearing officer's recommendations. The finding is not admissible in evidence against the person in a criminal prosecution brought for the violation of this Act, but the hearing and findings are not a bar to a criminal prosecution brought for the violation of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 125. Findings and recommendations. At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer shall present to the Secretary a written report of its findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations. The report shall contain a finding whether the licensee violated this Act or failed to comply with the conditions required in this Act. The hearing officer shall specify the nature of the violation or failure to comply, and shall make its recommendations to the Secretary. The report of findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation of the hearing officer shall be the basis for the Department's order for refusing to issue, restore, or renew a license, or for otherwise disciplining a licensee. If the Secretary disagrees with the recommendations of the hearing officer, the Secretary may issue an order in contravention of the hearing officer's recommendations. The finding is not admissible in evidence against the person in a criminal prosecution brought for the violation of this Act, but the hearing and findings are not a bar to a criminal prosecution brought for the violation of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/135

    (225 ILCS 135/135)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 135. Director; rehearing. Whenever the Director believes justice has not been done in the revocation, suspension, or refusal to issue or renew a license or the discipline of a licensee, he or she may order a rehearing.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 135. Secretary; rehearing. Whenever the Secretary believes justice has not been done in the revocation, suspension, or refusal to issue or renew a license or the discipline of a licensee, he or she may order a rehearing.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/140

    (225 ILCS 135/140)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 140. Appointment of a hearing officer. The Director has the authority to appoint any attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as the hearing officer in any action for refusal to issue or renew a license or permit or to discipline a licensee. The hearing officer has full authority to conduct the hearing. The hearing officer shall report his findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations to the Director.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 140. Appointment of a hearing officer. The Secretary has the authority to appoint any attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as the hearing officer in any action for refusal to issue or renew a license or permit or to discipline a licensee. The hearing officer has full authority to conduct the hearing. The hearing officer shall report his findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations to the Secretary.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/145

    (225 ILCS 135/145)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 145. Order or certified copy; prima facie proof. An order or certified copy thereof, over the seal of the Department and purporting to be signed by the Director, is prima facie proof that:
        (1) the signature is the genuine signature of the
    
Director; and
        (2) the Director is duly appointed and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 145. Order or certified copy; prima facie proof. An order or certified copy thereof, over the seal of the Department and purporting to be signed by the Secretary, is prima facie proof that:
        (1) the signature is the genuine signature of the
    
Secretary; and
        (2) the Secretary is duly appointed and qualified.
    
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/150

    (225 ILCS 135/150)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 150. Restoration of suspended or revoked license. At any time after the suspension or revocation of any license, the Department may restore it to the licensee, unless after an investigation and hearing the Director determines that restoration is not in the public interest.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 150. Restoration of license from discipline. At any time after the successful completion of a term of indefinite probation, suspension, or revocation of a license, the Department may restore the license to active status, unless, after an investigation and a hearing, the Secretary determines that restoration is not in the public interest. No person whose license has been revoked as authorized in this Act may apply for restoration of that license until such time as provided for in the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/155

    (225 ILCS 135/155)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 155. Surrender of license. Upon the revocation or suspension of a license, the licensee shall immediately surrender his or her license to the Department. If the licensee fails to do so, the Department has the right to seize the license.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)

225 ILCS 135/160

    (225 ILCS 135/160)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 160. Summary suspension of license. The Director may summarily suspend the license of a genetic counselor without a hearing, simultaneously with the institution of proceedings for a hearing provided for in Section 105 of this Act, if the Director finds that evidence in the possession of the Director indicates that the continuation of practice by the genetic counselor would constitute an imminent danger to the public. In the event that the Director summarily suspends the license of an individual without a hearing, a hearing must be held within 30 days after the suspension has occurred.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 160. Summary suspension of license. The Secretary may summarily suspend the license of a genetic counselor without a hearing, simultaneously with the institution of proceedings for a hearing provided for in Section 105 of this Act, if the Secretary finds that the evidence indicates that the continuation of practice by the genetic counselor would constitute an imminent danger to the public. In the event that the Secretary summarily suspends the license of an individual without a hearing, a hearing must be held within 30 days after the suspension has occurred and shall be concluded as expeditiously as possible.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/165

    (225 ILCS 135/165)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 165. Administrative review; venue.
    (a) All final administrative decisions of the Department are subject to judicial review pursuant to the Administrative Review Law and its rules. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    (b) Proceedings for judicial review shall be commenced in the circuit court of the county in which the party applying for review resides, but if the party is not a resident of Illinois, the venue shall be in Sangamon County.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)

225 ILCS 135/170

    (225 ILCS 135/170)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 170. Certification of record; costs. The Department shall not be required to certify any record to the court, to file an answer in court, or to otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding, unless there is filed in the court, with the complaint, a receipt from the Department acknowledging payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record. Failure on the part of the plaintiff to file the receipt in court is grounds for dismissal of the action.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 170. Certification of record; costs. The Department shall not be required to certify any record to the court, to file an answer in court, or to otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding, unless and until the Department has received from the plaintiff payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record, which costs shall be determined by the Department. Failure on the part of the plaintiff to file the receipt in court is grounds for dismissal of the action.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/175

    (225 ILCS 135/175)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 175. Violations. Unless otherwise specified, any person found to have violated any provision of this Act is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)

225 ILCS 135/180

    (225 ILCS 135/180)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 180. Administrative Procedure Act; application. The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is hereby expressly adopted and incorporated in this Act as if all of the provisions of such Act were included in this Act, except that the provision of paragraph (d) of Section 10-65 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, which provides that at hearings the license holder has the right to show compliance with all lawful requirements for retention, continuation, or renewal of the certificate, is specifically excluded. For the purpose of this Act the notice required under Section 10-25 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is deemed sufficient when mailed to the last known address of a party.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; 94-661, eff. 1-1-06.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-813)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 180. Administrative Procedure Act; application. The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is hereby expressly adopted and incorporated in this Act as if all of the provisions of such Act were included in this Act, except that the provision of paragraph (d) of Section 10-65 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, which provides that at hearings the license holder has the right to show compliance with all lawful requirements for retention, continuation, or renewal of the certificate, is specifically excluded. For the purpose of this Act the notice required under Section 10-25 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is deemed sufficient when mailed to the last known address of a party or the address of record.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/185

    (225 ILCS 135/185)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 185. Home rule. The regulation and licensing of genetic counselors are exclusive powers and functions of the State. A home rule unit may not regulate or license genetic counselors. This Section is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)

225 ILCS 135/190

    (225 ILCS 135/190)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 190. Confidentiality. All information collected by the Department in the course of an examination or investigation of a licensee or applicant, including, but not limited to, any complaint against a licensee filed with the Department and information collected to investigate any such complaint, shall be maintained for the confidential use of the Department and shall not be disclosed. The Department shall not disclose the information to anyone other than law enforcement officials, regulatory agencies that have an appropriate regulatory interest as determined by the Secretary, or a party presenting a lawful subpoena to the Department. Information and documents disclosed to a federal, State, county, or local law enforcement agency shall not be disclosed by the agency for any purpose to any other agency or person. A formal complaint filed against a licensee or registrant by the Department or any other complaint issued by the Department against a licensee, registrant, or applicant shall be a public record, except as otherwise prohibited by law.
(Source: P.A. 98-813, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 135/900

    (225 ILCS 135/900)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 900. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 135/905

    (225 ILCS 135/905)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 905. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04; text omitted.)

225 ILCS 135/999

    (225 ILCS 135/999)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 93-1041, eff. 9-29-04.)