(210 ILCS 35/10)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 4190)
Procedures for filing a complaint.
(1) Any person, agency,
association or governmental
body may file a complaint with the Department alleging that a Community
Living Facility is in violation of this Act or of the rules and regulations
promulgated pursuant to this Act.
(2) The Department may conduct an investigation in order to determine
if the Community Living Facility is in compliance. If, based on the results of
its investigation, the Department determines that the Community Living Facility
is not in compliance, it shall promptly serve a notice of violation upon
the licensee. Such notice of violation shall comply with the requirements
described in subsection (3) of Section 8 of this Act. The Department may
notify the complainant of its findings.
(3) The complaint, a copy of the complaint, or a record published, released
or otherwise disclosed to the Community Living Facility shall not disclose
the name of the complainant unless the complainant consents in writing to
the disclosure or the investigation results in a judicial proceeding, or
unless disclosure is essential to the investigation.
(4) A licensee or its agents shall not transfer, discharge, evict, harass,
dismiss, or retaliate against a resident or an employee or agent who files
a complaint under this Section 10 or who testifies under Section 12 of this
Act because of the complaint or testimony.
(5) Any person participating in good faith in the making of a complaint,
or in the investigation of such a complaint shall not be deemed to have violated
any privileged communication and shall have immunity from any liability,
civil, criminal or that otherwise might result as a consequence of making
such a complaint. The good faith of any persons making a complaint or participating
in the investigation of such a complaint shall be presumed.
(6) The owner and licensee are liable to a resident for any intentional
or negligent act or omission of their agents or employees which injures
the resident. In addition, the licensee shall pay actual damages, or $500,
whichever is greater, and costs and attorney's fees to a resident whose
rights under this Act or under rules and regulations promulgated hereunder are violated.
(Source: P.A. 82-567.)