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.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Substance Use Disorder Act. Permits the Department of Human Services to approve an entity to operate a safe consumption and overdose prevention services program (program). Requires the Department to establish standards for program approval and training and to adopt any rules that are necessary to license and monitor the program. Sets forth the minimum requirements that an entity must meet to obtain an approval on its application to operate a program. Requires any entity that operates a program to submit a report to the Department that contains specific information, including the number of program participants; the number of hypodermic needles, syringes, and harm reduction supplies distributed for use on-site; and the number of ancillary services provided to family members and the public, including, but not limited to, social service referrals and educational services. Grants immunity from criminal and civil liability to specified persons who participate in or have some involvement with a program approved by the Department. Requires the Department to establish a new intervention license category entitled Harm Reduction Services and to approve or deny an application for a Harm Reduction Services license.
Fiscal Note, House Floor Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Human Services)
No fiscal impact to IDHS for the regulation and licensing of the Safe Consumption Services programs.