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20 ILCS 535/5
(20 ILCS 535/5)
Administration of psychotropic medications.
On or before October 1, 2011, the Department of Children and Family Services shall promulgate final rules, amending its current rules establishing and maintaining standards and procedures to govern the administration of psychotropic medications. Such amendments to its rules shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) The role of the Department in the administration of psychotropic medications to youth for whom it is legally responsible and who are in facilities operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections or the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.
(b) Provisions regarding the administration of psychotropic medications for youth for whom the Department is legally responsible and who are in residential facilities, group homes, transitional living programs, or foster homes where the youth is under the age of 18 or where the youth is 18 or older and has provided the Department with appropriate consent.
(c) Provisions regarding the administration of psychotropic medications for youth for whom the Department is legally responsible and who are in psychiatric hospitals.
(d) Provisions concerning the emergency use of psychotropic medications, including appropriate and timely reporting.
(e) Provisions prohibiting the administration of psychotropic medications to persons for whom the Department is legally responsible as punishment for bad behavior, for the convenience of staff or caregivers, or as a substitute for adequate mental health care or other services.
(f) The creation of a committee to develop, post on a website, and periodically review materials listing which psychotropic medications are approved for use with youth for whom the Department has legal responsibility. The materials shall include guidelines for the use of psychotropic medications and may include the acceptable range of dosages, contraindications, and time limits, if any, and such other topics necessary to ensure the safe and appropriate use of psychotropic medications.
(g) Provisions regarding the appointment, qualifications, and training of employees of the Department who are authorized to consent to the administration of psychotropic medications to youth for whom the Department has legal responsibility, including the scope of the authority of such persons.
(h) Provisions regarding training and materials for parents, foster parents, and relative caretakers concerning the rules governing the use of psychotropic medications with youth for whom the Department has legal responsibility.
(i) With respect to any youth under the age of 18 for whom the Department has legal responsibility and who does not assent to the administration of recommended psychotropic medication, provisions providing standards and procedures for reviewing the youth's concerns. With respect to any youth over the age of 18 for whom the Department has legal responsibility and who does not consent to the administration of recommended psychotropic medication, provisions providing standards and procedures for reviewing the youth's concerns upon the youth's request and with the youth's consent. Standards and procedures developed under this subsection shall not be inconsistent with the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.
(j) Provisions ensuring that, subject to all relevant confidentiality laws, service plans for youth for whom the Department has legal responsibility include the following information:
(1) Identification by name and dosage of the
psychotropic medication known by the Department to have been administered to the youth since the last service plan.
(2) The benefits of the psychotropic medication.
(3) The negative side effects of the psychotropic
(Source: P.A. 97-245, eff. 8-4-11.)