(740 ILCS 110/10)
(from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 810)
(a) Except as provided herein, in any civil, criminal,
administrative, or legislative proceeding, or in any proceeding preliminary
thereto, a recipient, and a therapist on behalf and in the interest of a
recipient, has the privilege to refuse to disclose and to prevent the
disclosure of the recipient's record or communications.
(1) Records and communications may be disclosed in a
civil, criminal or administrative proceeding in which the recipient introduces his mental condition or any aspect of his services received for such condition as an element of his claim or defense, if and only to the extent the court in which the proceedings have been brought, or, in the case of an administrative proceeding, the court to which an appeal or other action for review of an administrative determination may be taken, finds, after in camera examination of testimony or other evidence, that it is relevant, probative, not unduly prejudicial or inflammatory, and otherwise clearly admissible; that other satisfactory evidence is demonstrably unsatisfactory as evidence of the facts sought to be established by such evidence; and that disclosure is more important to the interests of substantial justice than protection from injury to the therapist-recipient relationship or to the recipient or other whom disclosure is likely to harm. Except in a criminal proceeding in which the recipient, who is accused in that proceeding, raises the defense of insanity, no record or communication between a therapist and a recipient shall be deemed relevant for purposes of this subsection, except the fact of treatment, the cost of services and the ultimate diagnosis unless the party seeking disclosure of the communication clearly establishes in the trial court a compelling need for its production. However, for purposes of this Act, in any action brought or defended under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, or in any action in which pain and suffering is an element of the claim, mental condition shall not be deemed to be introduced merely by making such claim and shall be deemed to be introduced only if the recipient or a witness on his behalf first testifies concerning the record or communication.
(2) Records or communications may be disclosed in a
civil proceeding after the recipient's death when the recipient's physical or mental condition has been introduced as an element of a claim or defense by any party claiming or defending through or as a beneficiary of the recipient, provided the court finds, after in camera examination of the evidence, that it is relevant, probative, and otherwise clearly admissible; that other satisfactory evidence is not available regarding the facts sought to be established by such evidence; and that disclosure is more important to the interests of substantial justice than protection from any injury which disclosure is likely to cause.
(3) In the event of a claim made or an action filed
by a recipient, or, following the recipient's death, by any party claiming as a beneficiary of the recipient for injury caused in the course of providing services to such recipient, the therapist and other persons whose actions are alleged to have been the cause of injury may disclose pertinent records and communications to an attorney or attorneys engaged to render advice about and to provide representation in connection with such matter and to persons working under the supervision of such attorney or attorneys, and may testify as to such records or communication in any administrative, judicial or discovery proceeding for the purpose of preparing and presenting a defense against such claim or action.
(4) Records and communications made to or by a
therapist in the course of examination ordered by a court for good cause shown may, if otherwise relevant and admissible, be disclosed in a civil, criminal, or administrative proceeding in which the recipient is a party or in appropriate pretrial proceedings, provided such court has found that the recipient has been as adequately and as effectively as possible informed before submitting to such examination that such records and communications would not be considered confidential or privileged. Such records and communications shall be admissible only as to issues involving the recipient's physical or mental condition and only to the extent that these are germane to such proceedings.
(5) Records and communications may be disclosed in a
proceeding under the Probate Act of 1975, to determine a recipient's competency or need for guardianship, provided that the disclosure is made only with respect to that issue.
(6) Records and communications may be disclosed to a
court-appointed therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist for use in determining a person's fitness to stand trial if the records were made within the 180-day period immediately preceding the date of the therapist's, psychologist's or psychiatrist's court appointment. These records and communications shall be admissible only as to the issue of the person's fitness to stand trial. Records and communications may be disclosed when such are made during treatment which the recipient is ordered to undergo to render him fit to stand trial on a criminal charge, provided that the disclosure is made only with respect to the issue of fitness to stand trial.
(7) Records and communications of the recipient may
be disclosed in any civil or administrative proceeding involving the validity of or benefits under a life, accident, health or disability insurance policy or certificate, or Health Care Service Plan Contract, insuring the recipient, but only if and to the extent that the recipient's mental condition, or treatment or services in connection therewith, is a material element of any claim or defense of any party, provided that information sought or disclosed shall not be redisclosed except in connection with the proceeding in which disclosure is made.
(8) Records or communications may be disclosed when
such are relevant to a matter in issue in any action brought under this Act and proceedings preliminary thereto, provided that any information so disclosed shall not be utilized for any other purpose nor be redisclosed except in connection with such action or preliminary proceedings.
(9) Records and communications of the recipient may
be disclosed in investigations of and trials for homicide when the disclosure relates directly to the fact or immediate circumstances of the homicide.
(10) Records and communications of a deceased
recipient shall be disclosed to a coroner conducting a preliminary investigation into the recipient's death under Section 3-3013 of the Counties Code.
(11) Records and communications of a recipient shall
be disclosed in a proceeding where a petition or motion is filed under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and the recipient is named as a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a minor who is the subject of a petition for wardship as described in Section 2-3 of that Act or a minor who is the subject of a petition for wardship as described in Section 2-4 of that Act alleging the minor is abused, neglected, or dependent or the recipient is named as a parent of a child who is the subject of a petition, supplemental petition, or motion to appoint a guardian with the power to consent to adoption under Section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
(12) Records and communications of a recipient may be
disclosed when disclosure is necessary to collect sums or receive third party payment representing charges for mental health or developmental disabilities services provided by a therapist or agency to a recipient; however, disclosure shall be limited to information needed to pursue collection, and the information so disclosed may not be used for any other purposes nor may it be redisclosed except in connection with collection activities. Whenever records are disclosed pursuant to this subdivision (12), the recipient of the records shall be advised in writing that any person who discloses mental health records and communications in violation of this Act may be subject to civil liability pursuant to Section 15 of this Act or to criminal penalties pursuant to Section 16 of this Act or both.
(b) Before a disclosure is made under subsection (a), any party to the
proceeding or any other interested person may request an in camera review
of the record or communications to be disclosed. The court or agency
conducting the proceeding may hold an in camera review on its own motion.
When, contrary to the express wish of the recipient, the therapist asserts
a privilege on behalf and in the interest of a recipient, the court may
require that the therapist, in an in camera hearing, establish that
disclosure is not in the best interest of the recipient. The court or
agency may prevent disclosure or limit disclosure to the extent that other
admissible evidence is sufficient to establish the facts in issue. The
court or agency may enter such orders as may be necessary in order to
protect the confidentiality, privacy, and safety of the recipient or of
other persons. Any order to disclose or to not disclose shall be
considered a final order for purposes of appeal and shall be subject to
(c) A recipient's records and communications may be disclosed to a
duly authorized committee, commission or subcommittee of the General
Assembly which possesses subpoena and hearing powers, upon a written
request approved by a majority vote of the committee, commission or
subcommittee members. The committee, commission or subcommittee may
request records only for the purposes of investigating or studying
possible violations of recipient rights. The request shall state the
purpose for which disclosure is sought.
The facility shall notify the recipient, or his guardian, and therapist in
writing of any disclosure request under this subsection within 5 business
days after such request. Such notification shall also inform the
recipient, or guardian, and therapist of their right to object to the
disclosure within 10 business days after receipt of the notification and
shall include the name, address and telephone number of the
committee, commission or subcommittee member or staff person with whom an
objection shall be filed. If no objection has been filed within 15
business days after the request for disclosure, the facility shall disclose
the records and communications to the committee, commission or
subcommittee. If an objection has been filed within 15 business days after
the request for disclosure, the facility shall disclose the records and
communications only after the committee, commission or subcommittee has
permitted the recipient, guardian or therapist to present his objection in
person before it and has renewed its request for disclosure by a majority
vote of its members.
Disclosure under this subsection shall not occur until all personally
identifiable data of the recipient and provider are removed from the
records and communications. Disclosure under this subsection shall not
occur in any public proceeding.
(d) No party to any proceeding described under paragraphs (1), (2),
(3), (4), (7), or (8) of subsection (a) of this Section, nor his or
her attorney, shall serve a subpoena seeking to obtain access to records or
communications under this Act unless the subpoena is accompanied by a
written order issued by a judge or by the written consent under Section 5 of this Act of the person whose records are being sought, authorizing the disclosure of the records
or the issuance of the subpoena. No such written order shall be issued without written notice of the motion to the recipient and the treatment provider. Prior to issuance of the order, each party or other person entitled to notice shall be permitted an opportunity to be heard pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section. In the absence of the written consent under Section 5 of this Act of the person whose records are being sought, no person shall comply with a subpoena for
records or communications under this Act, unless the subpoena is
accompanied by a written order authorizing the issuance of the subpoena or
the disclosure of the records. Each subpoena issued by a court or administrative agency or served on any person pursuant to this subsection (d) shall include the following language: "No person shall comply with a subpoena for mental health records or communications pursuant to Section 10 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, 740 ILCS 110/10, unless the subpoena is accompanied by a written order that authorizes the issuance of the subpoena and the disclosure of records or communications or by the written consent under Section 5 of that Act of the person whose records are being sought."
(e) When a person has been transported by a peace officer to a mental
health facility, then upon the request of a peace officer, if the person is
allowed to leave the mental health facility within 48 hours of arrival,
excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the facility director shall notify
the local law enforcement authority prior to the release of the person. The
local law enforcement authority may re-disclose the information as necessary to
alert the appropriate enforcement or prosecuting authority.
(f) A recipient's records and communications shall be disclosed to the
Inspector General of the Department of Human Services within 10 business days
of a request by the Inspector General
(i) in the course of an investigation authorized by the Department of Human Services Act and applicable rule or (ii) during the course of an assessment authorized by the Abuse of Adults with Disabilities Intervention Act and applicable rule. The request
in writing and signed by the Inspector General or his or her designee. The
request shall state the purpose for which disclosure is sought. Any person who
knowingly and willfully refuses to comply with such a request is guilty of a
Class A misdemeanor. A recipient's records and communications shall also be disclosed pursuant to subsection (s) of Section 1-17 of the Department of Human Services Act in testimony at Health Care Worker Registry hearings or preliminary proceedings when such are relevant to the matter in issue, provided that any information so disclosed shall not be utilized for any other purpose nor be redisclosed except in connection with such action or preliminary proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 100-432, eff. 8-25-17.)