(225 ILCS 135/90)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2025)
Privileged communications and exceptions.
(a) With the exception of disclosure to the physician performing or supervising a genetic test and to the referring physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant, no licensed genetic counselor shall disclose any information acquired from persons consulting the counselor in a professional capacity, except that which may be voluntarily disclosed under any of the following circumstances:
(1) In the course of formally reporting, conferring,
or consulting with administrative superiors, colleagues, or consultants who share professional responsibility, in which instance all recipients of the information are similarly bound to regard the communication as privileged.
(2) With the written consent of the person who
provided the information and about whom the information concerns.
(3) In the case of death or disability, with the
written consent of a personal representative.
(4) When a communication reveals the intended
commission of a crime or harmful act and such disclosure is judged necessary in the professional judgment of the licensed genetic counselor to protect any person from a clear risk of serious mental or physical harm or injury or to forestall a serious threat to the public safety.
(5) When the person waives the privilege by bringing
any public charges or filing a lawsuit against the licensee.
(b) Any person having access to records or anyone who participates in providing genetic counseling services, or in providing any human services, or is supervised by a licensed genetic counselor is similarly bound to regard all information and communications as privileged in accord with this Section.
(c) The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act is incorporated herein as if all of its provisions were included in this Act. In the event of a conflict between the application of this Section and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act to a specific situation, the provisions of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act shall control.
(Source: P.A. 100-513, eff. 1-1-18