102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/14/2021, by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Safer Consumption Services Act. Provides that,
notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the Department of
Public Health may approve an entity to operate a program in one or more
jurisdictions upon satisfaction of specified requirements relating to,
among other things, the safe and hygienic use of preobtained drugs.
Requires the Department to establish standards for program approval and
training and allows it to adopt any rules that are necessary to implement
the Act. Requires the Department to approve or deny an application within
45 days after its receipt. Provides that a program approved by the
Department must also be designated as an authorized needle and hypodermic
syringe access program under the Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction
Act. Provides reporting requirements for entities operating programs under
the Act. Provides that, except for criminal prosecution for any activities
that are not conducted, permitted, and approved pursuant to the Act,
specified persons related to a program shall not be subject to civil or
criminal liability solely for participation or involvement in the program
if it is approved by the Department under the Act.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning health.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Consumption Services Act.
In this Act:
"Department" means the Department of Public Health.
"Entity" means any community-based organization that
provides educational, health, harm reduction, housing, or
social services and any hospital, medical clinic or office,
health center, nursing care facility, mental health facility,
or other similar entity that provides medical care.
"Participant" means an individual who seeks to utilize,
utilizes, or has used a program established under this Act.
"Program" means a safer consumption services program
established under this Act.
(a) Notwithstanding the Illinois Controlled Substances
Act, the Drug Paraphernalia Control Act, or any other
provision of law to the contrary, the Department may approve
an entity to operate a program in one or more jurisdictions
upon satisfaction of the requirements set forth in subsection