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EXECUTIVE BRANCH20 ILCS 2407/Art. 2
(20 ILCS 2407/) Disabilities Services Act of 2003.
(20 ILCS 2407/Art. 2 heading)
DISABILITIES SERVICES ACT OF 2003
(Source: P.A. 95-438, eff. 1-1-08
20 ILCS 2407/5
(20 ILCS 2407/5)
It is the purpose of this Act to create an
advisory committee to develop and implement a disabilities
implementation plan as provided in Section 20 to ensure compliance by the State
of Illinois with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the decision in
Olmstead v. L.C., 119 S.Ct. 2176 (1999).
(Source: P.A. 93-638, eff. 12-31-03.)
20 ILCS 2407/10
(20 ILCS 2407/10)
Application of Act; definitions.
(a) This Act
applies to persons with disabilities. The disabilities included are
defined for purposes of this Act as follows:
"Disability" means a disability as defined by the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 that is attributable to a
developmental disability, a mental illness, or a physical
disability, or combination of those.
"Developmental disability" means a disability that is
attributable to an intellectual disability or a related condition. A
related condition must meet all of the following conditions:
(1) It must be attributable to cerebral palsy,
epilepsy, or any other condition (other than mental illness) found to be closely related to an intellectual disability because that condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of individuals with an intellectual disability, and requires treatment or services similar to those required for those individuals. For purposes of this Section, autism is considered a related condition.
(2) It must be manifested before the individual
(3) It must be likely to continue indefinitely.
(4) It must result in substantial functional
limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity: self-care, language, learning, mobility, self-direction, and capacity for independent living.
"Mental Illness" means a mental or emotional disorder
verified by a diagnosis contained in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition, published
by the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV), or its successor, or
International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification
(ICD-9-CM), or its successor, that
substantially impairs a person's cognitive, emotional, or
behavioral functioning, or any combination of those, excluding
(i) conditions that may be the focus of clinical attention but are not of
sufficient duration or severity to be categorized as a mental illness, such as
parent-child relational problems, partner-relational problems, sexual abuse of
a child, bereavement, academic problems, phase-of-life problems, and
occupational problems (collectively, "V codes"), (ii) organic disorders such as
substance intoxication dementia, substance withdrawal dementia, Alzheimer's
disease, vascular dementia, dementia due to HIV infection, and dementia due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob
and disorders associated with
known or unknown physical conditions such as hallucinosis, amnestic
disorders and delirium, and psychoactive substance-induced organic
disorders, and (iii) an intellectual disability or psychoactive substance use
"Intellectual disability" means significantly sub-average general
intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in
adaptive behavior and manifested before the age of 22 years.
"Physical disability" means a disability as defined by the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 that meets the following
(1) It is attributable to a physical impairment.
(2) It results in a substantial functional limitation
in any of the following areas of major life activity: (i) self-care, (ii) receptive and expressive language, (iii) learning, (iv) mobility, (v) self-direction, (vi) capacity for independent living, and (vii) economic sufficiency.
(3) It reflects the person's need for a combination
and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or general care, treatment, or other services that are of lifelong or of extended duration and must be individually planned and coordinated.
(b) In this Act:
"Chronological age-appropriate services" means services, activities,
and strategies for persons with disabilities that are
representative of the lifestyle activities of nondisabled peers of similar
age in the community.
"Comprehensive evaluation" means procedures used by qualified professionals
selectively with an individual to
determine whether a person has a disability and the nature
and extent of the services that the person with a disability
"Department" means the Department on Aging, the Department of Human Services,
the Department of Public Health, the Department of
Public Aid (now Department Healthcare and Family Services), the University of Illinois Division of Specialized Care for
Children, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois
Board of Education, where appropriate, as designated in the implementation plan
developed under Section 20.
"Family" means a natural, adoptive, or foster parent or parents or
other person or persons responsible for the care of an individual with a
disability in a family setting.
"Family or individual support" means those resources and services
that are necessary to maintain an individual with a
disability within the family home or his or her own home. These services may
include, but are not
limited to, cash subsidy, respite care, and counseling services.
"Independent service coordination" means a social service that enables
with developmental disabilities and their families to locate, use, and
opportunities in their communities on the basis of individual need. Independent
coordination is independent of providers of services and funding sources and is
to ensure accessibility, continuity of care, and accountability and to maximize
potential of persons with developmental disabilities for independence,
the community. Independent service coordination includes, at a minimum: (i)
identify eligible individuals; (ii) assessment and periodic reassessment to
individual's strengths, functional limitations, and need for specific services;
participation in the development of a comprehensive individual service or
(iv) referral to and linkage with needed services and supports; (v) monitoring
the delivery of appropriate services and to determine individual progress in
and objectives; and (vi) advocacy to assist the person in obtaining all
services for which
he or she is eligible or entitled.
"Individual service or treatment plan" means a recorded assessment of the
of a person with a disability, a description of the services
recommended, the goals of each type of element of service, an anticipated
timetable for the accomplishment of the goals, and a designation of the
qualified professionals responsible for the implementation of the plan.
"Least restrictive environment" means an environment that
represents the least departure from the normal patterns of living and that
effectively meets the needs of the person receiving the service.
(Source: P.A. 97-227, eff. 1-1-12; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)
20 ILCS 2407/15
(20 ILCS 2407/15)
Services shall be provided in accordance with the
individual service or treatment plan developed for an individual under this
individual shall initially be screened for potential eligibility by the
agency and, if the individual is deemed probably eligible for a disability
program, a comprehensive evaluation of the individual shall be conducted to
the services and programs appropriate for that individual. The array of
shall be described in the Disabilities Services Implementation Plan required
Act and may include, but need not be limited to:
(1) Comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis. A person
with a suspected disability who is applying for Department-authorized disability services must receive, after an initial screening and a determination of probable eligibility for a disability service or program, a comprehensive diagnosis and evaluation, including an assessment of skills, abilities, and potential for residential and work placement, adapted to his or her primary language, cultural background, and ethnic origin. All components of a comprehensive evaluation must be administered by a qualified examiner.
(2) Individual service or treatment plan. A person
with a disability shall receive services in accordance with a current individual service or treatment plan. A person with a disability who is receiving services shall be provided periodic reevaluation and review of the individual service or treatment plan, at least annually, in order to measure progress, to modify or change objectives if necessary, and to provide guidance and remediation techniques.
A person with a disability and his or her guardian
have the right to participate in the planning and decision-making process regarding the person's individual service or treatment plan and to be informed in writing, or in that person's mode of communication, of progress at reasonable time intervals. Each person must be given the opportunity to make decisions and exercise options regarding the plan, consistent with the person's capabilities. Family members and other representatives of the person with a disability must be allowed, encouraged, and supported to participate as well, if the person with a disability consents to that participation.
(3) Nondiscriminatory access to services. A person
with a disability may not be denied program services because of sex, ethnic origin, marital status, ability to pay (except where contrary to law), or criminal record. Specific program eligibility requirements with regard to disability, level of need, age, and other matters may be established by the Department by rule. The Department may set priorities for the provision of services and for determining the need and eligibility for services in accordance with available funding.
(4) Family or individual support. A person with a
disability must be provided family or individual support services, or both, whenever possible and appropriate, to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement and to foster independent living skills when authorized for such services.
(5) Residential choices and options. A person with a
disability who requires residential placement in a supervised or supported setting must be provided choices among various residential options when authorized for those services. The placement must be offered in the least restrictive environment appropriate to the individual.
(6) Education. A person with a disability has the
right to a free, appropriate public education as provided in both State and federal law. Each local educational agency must prepare persons with disabilities for adult living. In anticipation of adulthood, each person with a disability has the right to a transition plan developed and ready for implementation before the person's exit by no later than the school year in which the person reaches age 14, consistent with the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Article XIV of the School Code.
(7) Vocational training. A person with a disability
must be provided vocational training, when appropriate, that contributes to the person's independence and employment potential. This training should include strategies and activities in programs that lead to employment and reemployment in the least restrictive environment appropriate to the individual.
(8) Employment. A person with a disability has the
right to be employed free from discrimination, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of this State.
(9) Independent service coordination. A person with a
disability who is receiving direct services from the Department must be provided independent service coordination when needed.
(10) Mental health supports. Individuals with a
disability must be provided needed mental health supports such as psychological rehabilitation, psychiatric and medication coverage, day treatment, care management, and crisis services.
(11) Due process. A person with a disability retains
the rights of citizenship. Any person aggrieved by a decision of a department regarding services provided under this Act must be given an opportunity to present complaints at a due process hearing before an impartial hearing officer designated by the director of that department. Any person aggrieved by a final administrative decision rendered following the due process hearing may seek judicial review of that decision pursuant to the Administrative Review Law. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure. Attorney's fees and costs may be awarded to a prevailing complainant in any due process hearing or action for judicial review under this Act.
The right to a hearing under this item (11) is in
addition to any other rights under federal, State, or local laws, however nothing in this Section shall be construed as requiring the establishment of a new due process hearing procedure if one already exists for a particular service or program.
(Source: P.A. 93-638, eff. 12-31-03.)
20 ILCS 2407/20
(20 ILCS 2407/20)
(a) The Governor shall appoint an advisory committee to assist in the
development and implementation of a Disabilities Services Implementation Plan
ensure compliance by the State of Illinois with the Americans with Disabilities
the decision in Olmstead v. L.C., 119 S.Ct. 2176 (1999). The advisory committee
be known as the Illinois Disabilities Services Advisory Committee and shall be
of no more than 33 members, including: persons who have a physical disability,
a developmental disability, or a mental illness;
senior citizens; advocates for
physical disabilities; advocates
with developmental disabilities;
for persons with mental illness;
for senior citizens; representatives of
services to persons with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and
illness; representatives of providers of
senior citizens; and representatives of organized labor.
In addition, the following State officials shall serve on the committee as
non-voting members: the Secretary of Human Services or his or her designee; the
Superintendent of Education or his or her designee; the Director of Aging or
his or her
designee; the Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority
or his or
her designee; the Director of Public Aid (now Director of Healthcare and Family Services) or his or her designee; and the
Employment Security or his or her designee.
The advisory committee shall select officers, including a chair and a
The advisory committee shall meet at least quarterly and shall keep official
minutes. Committee members shall not be compensated but shall be paid for their
related to attendance at meetings.
(b) The implementation plan must include, but need
not be limited to, the following:
(1) Establishing procedures for completing
comprehensive evaluations, including provisions for Department review and approval of need determinations. The Department may utilize independent evaluators and targeted or sample reviews during this review and approval process, as it deems appropriate.
(2) Establishing procedures for the development of an
individual service or treatment plan for each person with a disability, including provisions for Department review and authorization.
(3) Identifying core services to be provided by
agencies of the State of Illinois or other agencies.
(4) Establishing minimum standards for individualized
(5) Establishing minimum standards for residential
services in the least restrictive environment.
(6) Establishing minimum standards for vocational
process hearing procedures.
(8) Establishing minimum standards for family support
(9) Securing financial resources necessary to fulfill
the purposes and requirements of this Act, including but not limited to obtaining approval and implementing waivers or demonstrations authorized under federal law.
(c) The Governor, with the
assistance of the Illinois Disabilities Services Advisory Committee and the
Secretary of Human Services, is
responsible for the completion of the implementation plan. The
submit a report to
the General Assembly by November 1, 2004, which must include the following:
(1) The implementation plan.
(2) A description of current and planned programs and
services necessary to meet the requirements of the individual service or treatment plans required by this Act, together with the actions to be taken by the State of Illinois to ensure that those plans will be implemented. This description shall include a report of related program and service improvements or expansions implemented by the Department since the effective date of this Act.
(3) The estimated costs of current and planned
programs and services to be provided under the implementation plan.
(4) A report on the number of persons with
disabilities who may be eligible to receive services under this Act, together with a report on the number of persons who are currently receiving those services.
(5) Any proposed changes in State policies, laws, or
regulations necessary to fulfill the purposes and requirements of this Act.
(d) The Governor, with the assistance of the Secretary of
Human Services, shall annually update the implementation plan
and report changes to the General Assembly by July 1 of each year. Initial
implementation of the plan is required by July 1, 2005. The requirement of
annual updates and reports expires in 2008, unless otherwise extended by the
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
20 ILCS 2407/25
(20 ILCS 2407/25)
Services shall be provided under this Act to
the extent that appropriations are made available by the General Assembly for
the programs and services indicated in the implementation plan.
(Source: P.A. 93-638, eff. 12-31-03.)
20 ILCS 2407/30
(20 ILCS 2407/30)
This Act does not create any new entitlement to a
service, program, or benefit, but shall not be construed to affect any
entitlement to a
service, program, or benefit created by any other law.
(Source: P.A. 93-638, eff. 12-31-03.)