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(20 ILCS 301/) Substance Use Disorder Act.

20 ILCS 301/Art. 20

    (20 ILCS 301/Art. 20 heading)

20 ILCS 301/20-5

    (20 ILCS 301/20-5)
    Sec. 20-5. Development of statewide prevention system.
    (a) The Department shall develop and implement a comprehensive, statewide, community-based strategy to reduce substance use disorders and prevent the misuse of illegal and legal drugs by persons of all ages, and to prevent the use of alcohol by minors. The system created to implement this strategy shall be based on the premise that coordination among and integration between all community and governmental systems will facilitate effective and efficient program implementation and utilization of existing resources.
    (b) The statewide system developed under this Section may be adopted by administrative rule or funded as a grant award condition and shall be responsible for:
        (1) Providing programs and technical assistance to
improve the ability of Illinois communities and schools to develop, implement and evaluate prevention programs.
        (2) Initiating and fostering continuing cooperation
among the Department, Department-funded prevention programs, other community-based prevention providers and other State, regional, or local systems or agencies that have an interest in substance use disorder prevention.
    (c) In developing, implementing, and advocating for this statewide strategy and system, the Department may engage in, but shall not be limited to, the following activities:
        (1) Establishing and conducting programs to provide
awareness and knowledge of the nature and extent of substance use disorders and their effect on individuals, families, and communities.
        (2) Conducting or providing prevention skill building
or education through the use of structured experiences.
        (3) Developing, supporting, and advocating with new
and existing local community coalitions or neighborhood-based grassroots networks using action planning and collaborative systems to initiate change regarding substance use disorders in their communities.
        (4) Encouraging, supporting, and advocating for
programs and activities that emphasize alcohol-free and other drug-free lifestyles.
        (5) Drafting and implementing efficient plans for the
use of available resources to address issues of substance use disorder prevention.
        (6) Coordinating local programs of alcoholism and
other drug abuse education and prevention.
        (7) Encouraging the development of local advisory
    (d) In providing leadership to this system, the Department shall take into account, wherever possible, the needs and requirements of local communities. The Department shall also involve, wherever possible, local communities in its statewide planning efforts. These planning efforts shall include, but shall not be limited to, in cooperation with local community representatives and Department-funded agencies, the analysis and application of results of local needs assessments, as well as a process for the integration of an evaluation component into the system. The results of this collaborative planning effort shall be taken into account by the Department in making decisions regarding the allocation of prevention resources.
    (e) Prevention programs funded in whole or in part by the Department shall maintain staff whose skills, training, experiences and cultural awareness demonstrably match the needs of the people they are serving.
    (f) The Department may delegate the functions and activities described in subsection (c) of this Section to local, community-based providers.
(Source: P.A. 100-759, eff. 1-1-19.)

20 ILCS 301/20-10

    (20 ILCS 301/20-10)
    Sec. 20-10. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. As used in this Section, "SBIRT" means a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons who are at risk of developing substance use disorders or have substance use disorders including, but not limited to, an addiction to alcohol, opioids, tobacco, or cannabis. SBIRT services include all of the following:
        (1) Screening to quickly assess the severity of
substance use and to identify the appropriate level of treatment.
        (2) Brief intervention focused on increasing insight
and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
        (3) Referral to treatment provided to those
identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.
    SBIRT services may include, but are not limited to, the following settings and programs: primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, hospital in-patient units, trauma centers, community behavioral health programs, and other community settings that provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.
(Source: P.A. 102-598, eff. 1-1-22.)

20 ILCS 301/20-15

    (20 ILCS 301/20-15)
    Sec. 20-15. Steroid education program. The Department may develop and implement a statewide steroid education program to alert the public, and particularly Illinois physicians, other health care professionals, educators, student athletes, health club personnel, persons engaged in the coaching and supervision of high school and college athletics, and other groups determined by the Department to be likely to come into contact with anabolic steroid abusers to the dangers and adverse effects of abusing anabolic steroids, and to train these individuals to recognize the symptoms and side effects of anabolic steroid abuse. Such education and training may also include information regarding the education and appropriate referral of persons identified as probable or actual anabolic steroid abusers. The advice of the Illinois Advisory Council established by Section 10-5 of this Act shall be sought in the development of any program established under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-759, eff. 1-1-19.)

20 ILCS 301/20-20

    (20 ILCS 301/20-20)
    Sec. 20-20. Immunity from prosecution; drugs; public education program. The Department shall develop and implement a public education program to educate the public about the provisions set forth in Section 414 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act granting immunity from prosecution for drug overdose victims or persons seeking help for drug overdose victims if the only evidence for the possession charge was obtained as a result of the person seeking or obtaining emergency medical assistance.
(Source: P.A. 99-480, eff. 9-9-15.)

20 ILCS 301/20-25

    (20 ILCS 301/20-25)
    Sec. 20-25. Opioid addiction treatment education. All programs serving persons with substance use issues licensed by the Department under this Act must provide educational information concerning treatment options for opioid addiction, including the use of a medication for the use of opioid addiction, recognition of and response to opioid overdose, and the use and administration of naloxone, to clients identified as having or seeking treatment for opioid addiction. The Department shall develop educational materials that are supported by research and updated periodically that must be used by programs to comply with this requirement.
(Source: P.A. 99-553, eff. 1-1-17.)

20 ILCS 301/20-30

    (20 ILCS 301/20-30)
    Sec. 20-30. Opioid prevention and abuse; public awareness website. The Department shall create and maintain a website to educate the public on heroin and prescription opioid abuse. At a minimum, the website shall include:
        (1) information on the warning signs of heroin and
prescription opioid addiction;
        (2) helpful hints for parents on how to discuss the
dangers of heroin and prescription opioid addiction with their children;
        (3) information on available treatment options and
        (4) a listing of the toll-free number established by
the Department to provide information and referral services for persons with questions concerning substance abuse and treatment; and
        (5) links to flyers and resources for download.
    The Department shall adopt any rules necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-494, eff. 6-1-18.)