Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth

Filed: 4/1/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1360 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Municipal Code is amended by
5adding Division 1.5 of Article 11 as follows:
6    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 1.5 heading new)

9    (65 ILCS 5/11-1.5-5 new)
10    Sec. 11-1.5-5. Definitions. As used in this Section:
11    "Department" means the East St. Louis Police Department,
12the Peoria Police Department, the Springfield Police
13Department, or the Waukegan Police Department.
14    "Station adjustment" has the meaning given to that term in
15Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.



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1    "Unit" means a co-responder unit created under this
3    (65 ILCS 5/11-1.5-10 new)
4    Sec. 11-1.5-10. Establishment; responsibilities; focus.
5    (a) Each department shall establish, subject to
6appropriation, a co-responder unit no later than 6 months
7after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd
8General Assembly, including the hiring of personnel as
9provided in this Division.
10    (b) The unit is responsible for conducting initial or
11follow-up visits for individuals who may benefit from mental
12or behavioral health services rather than traditional law
13enforcement response. The unit shall utilize community
14resources, including unit-integrated social workers in
15juvenile and adult investigations, to connect individuals with
16appropriate services, along with a special response team whose
17officers shall assist in the resolution of violent or armed
18emotionally distressed persons.
19    (c) The unit's 3 primary areas of focus shall be mental and
20behavioral health, substance use disorder services, and
21homelessness issues.
22    (65 ILCS 5/11-1.5-15 new)
23    Sec. 11-1.5-15. Duties. The duties of the unit include,
24but are not limited to:



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1        (1) Serving as a resource to a department's community
2    to identify and coordinate the social services available
3    to residents who are victims of criminal acts.
4        (2) Networking with area social service agencies to
5    develop a community-mutual resource system and wrap-around
6    services (a team-based, collaborative case management
7    approach) for victims in need of social service
8    assistance; and fostering relationships with community
9    organizations not limited to area hospitals, school
10    districts, juvenile justice system, and various community
11    groups.
12        (3) Employing social workers of the unit who shall:
13            (A) Upon request, provide community presentations
14        on an array of social service topics.
15            (B) Assist individuals in diversion from the
16        criminal justice system by addressing problems or
17        concerns through therapeutic intervention.
18            (C) Facilitate follow-up treatment or referral to
19        the appropriate community resource organization.
20            (D) When requested, assist department employees in
21        securing services for those in need and provide
22        educational information to help the employee better
23        understand the circumstances or the community concern.
24            (E) Meet with walk-ins requesting information or
25        assistance.
26            (F) Protect the interest, confidentiality, and



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1        civil rights of the client.
2            (G) Train social work interns who may be working
3        within the unit.
4            (H) Be on-call after regular business hours, as
5        needed.
6            (L) Consult on all cases as needed by the
7        department.
8            (M) Perform other functions as provided in Section
9        11-1.5-20 or otherwise needed by a department.
10        (4) Employing social workers who shall work with
11    victims of crimes as follows:
12            (A) Review police reports to identify known
13        victims and contact them to offer direct and referred
14        services.
15            (B) Assist victims with filing police reports and
16        victim compensation forms.
17            (C) Provide safety planning services to victims.
18            (D) Provide crisis counseling services to victims
19        and their families.
20            (E) Conduct home visits with victims in
21        conjunction with police backup, when needed.
22            (F) Assist victims in obtaining orders of
23        protection. A social worker, in the performance of his
24        or her duties under this subparagraph, is an advocate,
25        as that term is defined in Section 112A-3 of the Code
26        of Criminal Procedure of 1963.



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1            (G) Facilitate court advocacy services for
2        victims, including arranging for transportation to and
3        from court.
4            (H) Maintain confidential case files which include
5        social history, diagnosis, formulation of treatment,
6        and documentation of services.
7            (I) Perform miscellaneous personal advocacy tasks
8        for victims, as needed.
9            (J) Oversee activities to ensure those victims
10        with the most urgent needs are given the highest
11        priority for services.
12            (K) Provide status updates on the progress of a
13        victim's case.
14        (5) Adhering to and understand the applicable
15    policies, procedures, and orders of a department.
16        (6) Attaining department-established unit goals.
17        (7) Maintaining a positive relationship with
18    co-workers, as well as the investigators from area police
19    departments and facilitate the exchange of information and
20    resources pertaining to investigations.
21        (8) Keeping informed on crime trends within the City.
22        (9) Remaining obedient and responsive to all verbal
23    and written orders issued by superiors.
24        (10) Completing police reports and other required
25    documentation.
26        (11) Performing such other duties as may be required



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1    by State law, city ordinance, and department policy or as
2    may be assigned by a sworn supervisor.
3    (65 ILCS 5/11-1.5-20 new)
4    Sec. 11-1.5-20. Social workers.
5    (a) Unit social workers may be referred to as victim
6service specialists. Social workers are responsible for
7working as a team to provide trauma-informed crisis
8intervention, case management, advocacy, and ongoing emotional
9support to the victims of all crimes, with extra attention to
10crimes that cause a high level of victim trauma.
11    (b) Unit social workers involved in a case under adult
12investigations may perform the following responsibilities:
13        (1) Working with domestic violence investigators.
14        (2) Assisting victims with finding safe housing,
15    transportation, and legal assistance.
16        (3) Providing other needed resources for the victim
17    and their families, including working with children who
18    witness and or experience domestic violence.
19        (4) Assisting victims and their children in setting up
20    counseling.
21        (5) Helping reduce victim's chance of reentry into the
22    violent situations.
23    (c) Unit social workers involved in a case under juvenile
24investigations may perform the following responsibilities:
25        (1) Working with families that have habitual runaways



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1    and determining why the juveniles keep running away.
2        (2) Providing services to families where there have
3    been domestic disturbances between the juveniles and their
4    parents.
5        (3) Providing resources for parents to help their
6    children who are struggling in school or need
7    transportation to school.
8        (4) Providing guidance and advice to the families of a
9    juvenile who has been arrested and what the next steps and
10    options are in the process.
11        (5) Assisting a juvenile with station adjustments and
12    creating a station adjustment program in a department.
13        (6) Providing services to juvenile victims and
14    families where the Department of Children and Family
15    Services either did not get involved or did not provide
16    services.
17        (7) Assisting with overcoming feuds between groups of
18    juveniles.
19        (8) Assisting us in instances where the families are
20    not cooperative with police.
21        (9) Discussing with families and juveniles options and
22    solutions to prevent future arrest.
23        (10) Maintaining a list of families in need that the
24    unit or department have had contact with for department or
25    city special events.
26        (11) Helping facilitate or assist a department in



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1    community-oriented events, such as setting up an event
2    where officers or unit personnel read books with younger
3    children, talking about cyber crimes and social media, or
4    having an officer or unit personnel visit a school for
5    other activities.
6        (12) Helping reduce juvenile recidivism.
7    (65 ILCS 5/11-1.5-25 new)
8    Sec. 11-1.5-25. Training. All unit employees and the
9special response team shall be trained in crisis intervention
10and integrating communications, assessment and tactics.
11Integrating communications, assessment, and tactics training
12shall be designed for situations involving persons who are
13unarmed or are armed with weapons and who may be experiencing a
14mental health or other crisis. The training shall incorporates
15different skill sets into a unified training approach that
16emphasizes scenario-based exercises, as well as lecture and
17case study opportunities.
18    (65 ILCS 5/11-1.5-99 new)
19    Sec. 11-1.5-99. Repeal. This Division is repealed January
201, 2029.".