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EXECUTIVE BRANCH
(20 ILCS 1305/) Department of Human Services Act.

20 ILCS 1305/Art. 1

 
    (20 ILCS 1305/Art. 1 heading)
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

20 ILCS 1305/1-1

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-1)
    Sec. 1-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Department of Human Services Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-5

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-5)
    Sec. 1-5. Purpose. It is the purpose of this Act to provide for the creation of the Department of Human Services and to transfer to it certain rights, powers, duties, and functions currently exercised by various other agencies of State Government. This Act consolidates and centralizes certain human services programs that are now offered to the citizens of this State by a number of different State agencies; it is intended to make possible the more effective and efficient operation of the affected programs and services.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-10

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-10)
    Sec. 1-10. Definitions. For the purposes of this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    "Department" means the Department of Human Services.
    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Human Services. Any reference to the "director" of the Department of Human Services or of a predecessor department or agency occurring in any law or instrument shall, beginning July 1, 1997, be construed to mean the Secretary.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-15

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-15)
    Sec. 1-15. Department; Secretary; organization.
    (a) The Department of Human Services, created in Section 5-15 of the Departments of State Government Law (20 ILCS 5/5-15), shall begin operation on July 1, 1997.
    (b) The Department shall be under the direction of the Secretary of Human Services and 2 Assistant Secretaries, as provided in the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
    (c) The Governor may appoint up to 7 Associate Secretaries to head the major programmatic divisions of the Department. Associate Secretaries shall be appointed for 2-year terms and shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate in the same manner as the Assistant Secretaries. The compensation of Associate Secretaries shall be determined by the Secretary.
    (d) The Secretary shall create divisions and administrative units within the Department and shall assign functions, powers, duties, and personnel as may now or in the future be required by federal law. The Secretary may create other divisions and administrative units and may assign other functions, powers, duties, and personnel as may be necessary or desirable to carry out the functions and responsibilities vested by law in the Department.
(Source: P.A. 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-16

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-16)
    Sec. 1-16. Initial appointments. The Governor may appoint the initial Secretary of Human Services before July 1, 1997. The Senate may take action on the confirmation of the initial Secretary-designate before July 1, 1997.
    In order to assure a smooth transition on July 1, 1997, the initial Secretary may begin to make official decisions and take official action relating to the organization of the Department and the implementation of this Act as soon as he or she is confirmed by the Senate.
(Source: P.A. 89-506, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-17

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-17)
    Sec. 1-17. Inspector General.
    (a) Nature and purpose. It is the express intent of the General Assembly to ensure the health, safety, and financial condition of individuals receiving services in this State due to mental illness, developmental disability, or both by protecting those persons from acts of abuse, neglect, or both by service providers. To that end, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Human Services is created to investigate and report upon allegations of the abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of individuals receiving services within mental health facilities, developmental disabilities facilities, and community agencies operated, licensed, funded, or certified by the Department of Human Services, but not licensed or certified by any other State agency.
    (b) Definitions. The following definitions apply to this Section:
    "Adult student with a disability" means an adult student, age 18 through 21, inclusive, with an Individual Education Program, other than a resident of a facility licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services in accordance with the Child Care Act of 1969. For purposes of this definition, "through age 21, inclusive", means through the day before the student's 22nd birthday.
    "Agency" or "community agency" means (i) a community agency licensed, funded, or certified by the Department, but not licensed or certified by any other human services agency of the State, to provide mental health service or developmental disabilities service, or (ii) a program licensed, funded, or certified by the Department, but not licensed or certified by any other human services agency of the State, to provide mental health service or developmental disabilities service.
    "Aggravating circumstance" means a factor that is attendant to a finding and that tends to compound or increase the culpability of the accused.
    "Allegation" means an assertion, complaint, suspicion, or incident involving any of the following conduct by an employee, facility, or agency against an individual or individuals: mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.
    "Day" means working day, unless otherwise specified.
    "Deflection" means a situation in which an individual is presented for admission to a facility or agency, and the facility staff or agency staff do not admit the individual. "Deflection" includes triage, redirection, and denial of admission.
    "Department" means the Department of Human Services.
    "Developmental disability" means "developmental disability" as defined in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.
    "Egregious neglect" means a finding of neglect as determined by the Inspector General that (i) represents a gross failure to adequately provide for, or a callused indifference to, the health, safety, or medical needs of an individual and (ii) results in an individual's death or other serious deterioration of an individual's physical condition or mental condition.
    "Employee" means any person who provides services at the facility or agency on-site or off-site. The service relationship can be with the individual or with the facility or agency. Also, "employee" includes any employee or contractual agent of the Department of Human Services or the community agency involved in providing or monitoring or administering mental health or developmental disability services. This includes but is not limited to: owners, operators, payroll personnel, contractors, subcontractors, and volunteers.
    "Facility" or "State-operated facility" means a mental health facility or developmental disabilities facility operated by the Department.
    "Financial exploitation" means taking unjust advantage of an individual's assets, property, or financial resources through deception, intimidation, or conversion for the employee's, facility's, or agency's own advantage or benefit.
    "Finding" means the Office of Inspector General's determination regarding whether an allegation is substantiated, unsubstantiated, or unfounded.
    "Health Care Worker Registry" or "Registry" means the Health Care Worker Registry under the Health Care Worker Background Check Act.
    "Individual" means any person receiving mental health service, developmental disabilities service, or both from a facility or agency, while either on-site or off-site.
    "Mental abuse" means the use of demeaning, intimidating, or threatening words, signs, gestures, or other actions by an employee about an individual and in the presence of an individual or individuals that results in emotional distress or maladaptive behavior, or could have resulted in emotional distress or maladaptive behavior, for any individual present.
    "Mental illness" means "mental illness" as defined in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.
    "Mentally ill" means having a mental illness.
    "Mitigating circumstance" means a condition that (i) is attendant to a finding, (ii) does not excuse or justify the conduct in question, but (iii) may be considered in evaluating the severity of the conduct, the culpability of the accused, or both the severity of the conduct and the culpability of the accused.
    "Neglect" means an employee's, agency's, or facility's failure to provide adequate medical care, personal care, or maintenance and that, as a consequence, (i) causes an individual pain, injury, or emotional distress, (ii) results in either an individual's maladaptive behavior or the deterioration of an individual's physical condition or mental condition, or (iii) places the individual's health or safety at substantial risk.
    "Person with a developmental disability" means a person having a developmental disability.
    "Physical abuse" means an employee's non-accidental and inappropriate contact with an individual that causes bodily harm. "Physical abuse" includes actions that cause bodily harm as a result of an employee directing an individual or person to physically abuse another individual.
    "Recommendation" means an admonition, separate from a finding, that requires action by the facility, agency, or Department to correct a systemic issue, problem, or deficiency identified during an investigation.
    "Required reporter" means any employee who suspects, witnesses, or is informed of an allegation of any one or more of the following: mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.
    "Secretary" means the Chief Administrative Officer of the Department.
    "Sexual abuse" means any sexual contact or intimate physical contact between an employee and an individual, including an employee's coercion or encouragement of an individual to engage in sexual behavior that results in sexual contact, intimate physical contact, sexual behavior, or intimate physical behavior. Sexual abuse also includes (i) an employee's actions that result in the sending or showing of sexually explicit images to an individual via computer, cellular phone, electronic mail, portable electronic device, or other media with or without contact with the individual or (ii) an employee's posting of sexually explicit images of an individual online or elsewhere whether or not there is contact with the individual.
    "Sexually explicit images" includes, but is not limited to, any material which depicts nudity, sexual conduct, or sado-masochistic abuse, or which contains explicit and detailed verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sexual excitement, sexual conduct, or sado-masochistic abuse.
    "Substantiated" means there is a preponderance of the evidence to support the allegation.
    "Unfounded" means there is no credible evidence to support the allegation.
    "Unsubstantiated" means there is credible evidence, but less than a preponderance of evidence to support the allegation.
    (c) Appointment. The Governor shall appoint, and the Senate shall confirm, an Inspector General. The Inspector General shall be appointed for a term of 4 years and shall function within the Department of Human Services and report to the Secretary and the Governor.
    (d) Operation and appropriation. The Inspector General shall function independently within the Department with respect to the operations of the Office, including the performance of investigations and issuance of findings and recommendations. The appropriation for the Office of Inspector General shall be separate from the overall appropriation for the Department.
    (e) Powers and duties. The Inspector General shall investigate reports of suspected mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of individuals in any mental health or developmental disabilities facility or agency and shall have authority to take immediate action to prevent any one or more of the following from happening to individuals under its jurisdiction: mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Upon written request of an agency of this State, the Inspector General may assist another agency of the State in investigating reports of the abuse, neglect, or abuse and neglect of persons with mental illness, persons with developmental disabilities, or persons with both. To comply with the requirements of subsection (k) of this Section, the Inspector General shall also review all reportable deaths for which there is no allegation of abuse or neglect. Nothing in this Section shall preempt any duties of the Medical Review Board set forth in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. The Inspector General shall have no authority to investigate alleged violations of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Allegations of misconduct under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act shall be referred to the Office of the Governor's Executive Inspector General for investigation.
    (f) Limitations. The Inspector General shall not conduct an investigation within an agency or facility if that investigation would be redundant to or interfere with an investigation conducted by another State agency. The Inspector General shall have no supervision over, or involvement in, the routine programmatic, licensing, funding, or certification operations of the Department. Nothing in this subsection limits investigations by the Department that may otherwise be required by law or that may be necessary in the Department's capacity as central administrative authority responsible for the operation of the State's mental health and developmental disabilities facilities.
    (g) Rulemaking authority. The Inspector General shall promulgate rules establishing minimum requirements for reporting allegations as well as for initiating, conducting, and completing investigations based upon the nature of the allegation or allegations. The rules shall clearly establish that if 2 or more State agencies could investigate an allegation, the Inspector General shall not conduct an investigation that would be redundant to, or interfere with, an investigation conducted by another State agency. The rules shall further clarify the method and circumstances under which the Office of Inspector General may interact with the licensing, funding, or certification units of the Department in preventing further occurrences of mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, egregious neglect, and financial exploitation.
    (h) Training programs. The Inspector General shall (i) establish a comprehensive program to ensure that every person authorized to conduct investigations receives ongoing training relative to investigation techniques, communication skills, and the appropriate means of interacting with persons receiving treatment for mental illness, developmental disability, or both mental illness and developmental disability, and (ii) establish and conduct periodic training programs for facility and agency employees concerning the prevention and reporting of any one or more of the following: mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, egregious neglect, or financial exploitation. The Inspector General shall further ensure (i) every person authorized to conduct investigations at community agencies receives ongoing training in Title 59, Parts 115, 116, and 119 of the Illinois Administrative Code, and (ii) every person authorized to conduct investigations shall receive ongoing training in Title 59, Part 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to prevent the Office of Inspector General from conducting any other training as determined by the Inspector General to be necessary or helpful.
    (i) Duty to cooperate.
        (1) The Inspector General shall at all times be
    
granted access to any facility or agency for the purpose of investigating any allegation, conducting unannounced site visits, monitoring compliance with a written response, or completing any other statutorily assigned duty. The Inspector General shall conduct unannounced site visits to each facility at least annually for the purpose of reviewing and making recommendations on systemic issues relative to preventing, reporting, investigating, and responding to all of the following: mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, egregious neglect, or financial exploitation.
        (2) Any employee who fails to cooperate with an
    
Office of the Inspector General investigation is in violation of this Act. Failure to cooperate with an investigation includes, but is not limited to, any one or more of the following: (i) creating and transmitting a false report to the Office of the Inspector General hotline, (ii) providing false information to an Office of the Inspector General Investigator during an investigation, (iii) colluding with other employees to cover up evidence, (iv) colluding with other employees to provide false information to an Office of the Inspector General investigator, (v) destroying evidence, (vi) withholding evidence, or (vii) otherwise obstructing an Office of the Inspector General investigation. Additionally, any employee who, during an unannounced site visit or written response compliance check, fails to cooperate with requests from the Office of the Inspector General is in violation of this Act.
    (j) Subpoena powers. The Inspector General shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and compel the production of all documents and physical evidence relating to his or her investigations and any hearings authorized by this Act. This subpoena power shall not extend to persons or documents of a labor organization or its representatives insofar as the persons are acting in a representative capacity to an employee whose conduct is the subject of an investigation or the documents relate to that representation. Any person who otherwise fails to respond to a subpoena or who knowingly provides false information to the Office of the Inspector General by subpoena during an investigation is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (k) Reporting allegations and deaths.
        (1) Allegations. If an employee witnesses, is told
    
of, or has reason to believe an incident of mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation has occurred, the employee, agency, or facility shall report the allegation by phone to the Office of the Inspector General hotline according to the agency's or facility's procedures, but in no event later than 4 hours after the initial discovery of the incident, allegation, or suspicion of any one or more of the following: mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. A required reporter as defined in subsection (b) of this Section who knowingly or intentionally fails to comply with these reporting requirements is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
        (2) Deaths. Absent an allegation, a required
    
reporter shall, within 24 hours after initial discovery, report by phone to the Office of the Inspector General hotline each of the following:
            (i) Any death of an individual occurring within
        
14 calendar days after discharge or transfer of the individual from a residential program or facility.
            (ii) Any death of an individual occurring
        
within 24 hours after deflection from a residential program or facility.
            (iii) Any other death of an individual occurring
        
at an agency or facility or at any Department-funded site.
        (3) Retaliation. It is a violation of this Act for
    
any employee or administrator of an agency or facility to take retaliatory action against an employee who acts in good faith in conformance with his or her duties as a required reporter.
    (l) Reporting to law enforcement.
        (1) Reporting criminal acts. Within 24 hours after
    
determining that there is credible evidence indicating that a criminal act may have been committed or that special expertise may be required in an investigation, the Inspector General shall notify the Illinois State Police or other appropriate law enforcement authority, or ensure that such notification is made. The Illinois State Police shall investigate any report from a State-operated facility indicating a possible murder, sexual assault, or other felony by an employee. All investigations conducted by the Inspector General shall be conducted in a manner designed to ensure the preservation of evidence for possible use in a criminal prosecution.
        (2) Reporting allegations of adult students with
    
disabilities. Upon receipt of a reportable allegation regarding an adult student with a disability, the Department's Office of the Inspector General shall determine whether the allegation meets the criteria for the Domestic Abuse Program under the Abuse of Adults with Disabilities Intervention Act. If the allegation is reportable to that program, the Office of the Inspector General shall initiate an investigation. If the allegation is not reportable to the Domestic Abuse Program, the Office of the Inspector General shall make an expeditious referral to the respective law enforcement entity. If the alleged victim is already receiving services from the Department, the Office of the Inspector General shall also make a referral to the respective Department of Human Services' Division or Bureau.
    (m) Investigative reports. Upon completion of an investigation, the Office of Inspector General shall issue an investigative report identifying whether the allegations are substantiated, unsubstantiated, or unfounded. Within 10 business days after the transmittal of a completed investigative report substantiating an allegation, finding an allegation is unsubstantiated, or if a recommendation is made, the Inspector General shall provide the investigative report on the case to the Secretary and to the director of the facility or agency where any one or more of the following occurred: mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, egregious neglect, or financial exploitation. The director of the facility or agency shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the investigative report consistent with State and federal law. In a substantiated case, the investigative report shall include any mitigating or aggravating circumstances that were identified during the investigation. If the case involves substantiated neglect, the investigative report shall also state whether egregious neglect was found. An investigative report may also set forth recommendations. All investigative reports prepared by the Office of the Inspector General shall be considered confidential and shall not be released except as provided by the law of this State or as required under applicable federal law. Unsubstantiated and unfounded reports shall not be disclosed except as allowed under Section 6 of the Abused and Neglected Long Term Care Facility Residents Reporting Act. Raw data used to compile the investigative report shall not be subject to release unless required by law or a court order. "Raw data used to compile the investigative report" includes, but is not limited to, any one or more of the following: the initial complaint, witness statements, photographs, investigator's notes, police reports, or incident reports. If the allegations are substantiated, the victim, the victim's guardian, and the accused shall be provided with a redacted copy of the investigative report. Death reports where there was no allegation of abuse or neglect shall only be released pursuant to applicable State or federal law or a valid court order. Unredacted investigative reports, as well as raw data, may be shared with a local law enforcement entity, a State's Attorney's office, or a county coroner's office upon written request.
    (n) Written responses, clarification requests, and reconsideration requests.
        (1) Written responses. Within 30 calendar days from
    
receipt of a substantiated investigative report or an investigative report which contains recommendations, absent a reconsideration request, the facility or agency shall file a written response that addresses, in a concise and reasoned manner, the actions taken to: (i) protect the individual; (ii) prevent recurrences; and (iii) eliminate the problems identified. The response shall include the implementation and completion dates of such actions. If the written response is not filed within the allotted 30 calendar day period, the Secretary shall determine the appropriate corrective action to be taken.
        (2) Requests for clarification. The facility,
    
agency, victim or guardian, or the subject employee may request that the Office of Inspector General clarify the finding or findings for which clarification is sought.
        (3) Requests for reconsideration. The facility,
    
agency, victim or guardian, or the subject employee may request that the Office of the Inspector General reconsider the finding or findings or the recommendations. A request for reconsideration shall be subject to a multi-layer review and shall include at least one reviewer who did not participate in the investigation or approval of the original investigative report. After the multi-layer review process has been completed, the Inspector General shall make the final determination on the reconsideration request. The investigation shall be reopened if the reconsideration determination finds that additional information is needed to complete the investigative record.
    (o) Disclosure of the finding by the Inspector General. The Inspector General shall disclose the finding of an investigation to the following persons: (i) the Governor, (ii) the Secretary, (iii) the director of the facility or agency, (iv) the alleged victims and their guardians, (v) the complainant, and (vi) the accused. This information shall include whether the allegations were deemed substantiated, unsubstantiated, or unfounded.
    (p) Secretary review. Upon review of the Inspector General's investigative report and any agency's or facility's written response, the Secretary shall accept or reject the written response and notify the Inspector General of that determination. The Secretary may further direct that other administrative action be taken, including, but not limited to, any one or more of the following: (i) additional site visits, (ii) training, (iii) provision of technical assistance relative to administrative needs, licensure, or certification, or (iv) the imposition of appropriate sanctions.
    (q) Action by facility or agency. Within 30 days of the date the Secretary approves the written response or directs that further administrative action be taken, the facility or agency shall provide an implementation report to the Inspector General that provides the status of the action taken. The facility or agency shall be allowed an additional 30 days to send notice of completion of the action or to send an updated implementation report. If the action has not been completed within the additional 30-day period, the facility or agency shall send updated implementation reports every 60 days until completion. The Inspector General shall conduct a review of any implementation plan that takes more than 120 days after approval to complete, and shall monitor compliance through a random review of approved written responses, which may include, but are not limited to: (i) site visits, (ii) telephone contact, and (iii) requests for additional documentation evidencing compliance.
    (r) Sanctions. Sanctions, if imposed by the Secretary under Subdivision (p)(iv) of this Section, shall be designed to prevent further acts of mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, egregious neglect, or financial exploitation or some combination of one or more of those acts at a facility or agency, and may include any one or more of the following:
        (1) Appointment of on-site monitors.
        (2) Transfer or relocation of an individual or
    
individuals.
        (3) Closure of units.
        (4) Termination of any one or more of the following:
    
(i) Department licensing, (ii) funding, or (iii) certification.
    The Inspector General may seek the assistance of the Illinois Attorney General or the office of any State's Attorney in implementing sanctions.
    (s) Health Care Worker Registry.
        (1) Reporting to the Registry. The Inspector General
    
shall report to the Department of Public Health's Health Care Worker Registry, a public registry, the identity and finding of each employee of a facility or agency against whom there is a final investigative report containing a substantiated allegation of physical or sexual abuse, financial exploitation, or egregious neglect of an individual.
        (2) Notice to employee. Prior to reporting the name
    
of an employee, the employee shall be notified of the Department's obligation to report and shall be granted an opportunity to request an administrative hearing, the sole purpose of which is to determine if the substantiated finding warrants reporting to the Registry. Notice to the employee shall contain a clear and concise statement of the grounds on which the report to the Registry is based, offer the employee an opportunity for a hearing, and identify the process for requesting such a hearing. Notice is sufficient if provided by certified mail to the employee's last known address. If the employee fails to request a hearing within 30 days from the date of the notice, the Inspector General shall report the name of the employee to the Registry. Nothing in this subdivision (s)(2) shall diminish or impair the rights of a person who is a member of a collective bargaining unit under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act or under any other federal labor statute.
        (3) Registry hearings. If the employee requests an
    
administrative hearing, the employee shall be granted an opportunity to appear before an administrative law judge to present reasons why the employee's name should not be reported to the Registry. The Department shall bear the burden of presenting evidence that establishes, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the substantiated finding warrants reporting to the Registry. After considering all the evidence presented, the administrative law judge shall make a recommendation to the Secretary as to whether the substantiated finding warrants reporting the name of the employee to the Registry. The Secretary shall render the final decision. The Department and the employee shall have the right to request that the administrative law judge consider a stipulated disposition of these proceedings.
        (4) Testimony at Registry hearings. A person who
    
makes a report or who investigates a report under this Act shall testify fully in any judicial proceeding resulting from such a report, as to any evidence of abuse or neglect, or the cause thereof. No evidence shall be excluded by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating to communications between the alleged perpetrator of abuse or neglect, or the individual alleged as the victim in the report, and the person making or investigating the report. Testimony at hearings is exempt from the confidentiality requirements of subsection (f) of Section 10 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act.
        (5) Employee's rights to collateral action. No
    
reporting to the Registry shall occur and no hearing shall be set or proceed if an employee notifies the Inspector General in writing, including any supporting documentation, that he or she is formally contesting an adverse employment action resulting from a substantiated finding by complaint filed with the Illinois Civil Service Commission, or which otherwise seeks to enforce the employee's rights pursuant to any applicable collective bargaining agreement. If an action taken by an employer against an employee as a result of a finding of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or egregious neglect is overturned through an action filed with the Illinois Civil Service Commission or under any applicable collective bargaining agreement and if that employee's name has already been sent to the Registry, the employee's name shall be removed from the Registry.
        (6) Removal from Registry. At any time after the
    
report to the Registry, but no more than once in any 12-month period, an employee may petition the Department in writing to remove his or her name from the Registry. Upon receiving notice of such request, the Inspector General shall conduct an investigation into the petition. Upon receipt of such request, an administrative hearing will be set by the Department. At the hearing, the employee shall bear the burden of presenting evidence that establishes, by a preponderance of the evidence, that removal of the name from the Registry is in the public interest. The parties may jointly request that the administrative law judge consider a stipulated disposition of these proceedings.
    (t) Review of Administrative Decisions. The Department shall preserve a record of all proceedings at any formal hearing conducted by the Department involving Health Care Worker Registry hearings. Final administrative decisions of the Department are subject to judicial review pursuant to provisions of the Administrative Review Law.
    (u) Quality Care Board. There is created, within the Office of the Inspector General, a Quality Care Board to be composed of 7 members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. One of the members shall be designated as chairman by the Governor. Of the initial appointments made by the Governor, 4 Board members shall each be appointed for a term of 4 years and 3 members shall each be appointed for a term of 2 years. Upon the expiration of each member's term, a successor shall be appointed for a term of 4 years. In the case of a vacancy in the office of any member, the Governor shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the unexpired term.
    Members appointed by the Governor shall be qualified by professional knowledge or experience in the area of law, investigatory techniques, or in the area of care of the mentally ill or care of persons with developmental disabilities. Two members appointed by the Governor shall be persons with a disability or parents of persons with a disability. Members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties as members.
    The Board shall meet quarterly, and may hold other meetings on the call of the chairman. Four members shall constitute a quorum allowing the Board to conduct its business. The Board may adopt rules and regulations it deems necessary to govern its own procedures.
    The Board shall monitor and oversee the operations, policies, and procedures of the Inspector General to ensure the prompt and thorough investigation of allegations of neglect and abuse. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Board may do the following:
        (1) Provide independent, expert consultation to the
    
Inspector General on policies and protocols for investigations of alleged abuse, neglect, or both abuse and neglect.
        (2) Review existing regulations relating to the
    
operation of facilities.
        (3) Advise the Inspector General as to the content
    
of training activities authorized under this Section.
        (4) Recommend policies concerning methods for
    
improving the intergovernmental relationships between the Office of the Inspector General and other State or federal offices.
    (v) Annual report. The Inspector General shall provide to the General Assembly and the Governor, no later than January 1 of each year, a summary of reports and investigations made under this Act for the prior fiscal year with respect to individuals receiving mental health or developmental disabilities services. The report shall detail the imposition of sanctions, if any, and the final disposition of any corrective or administrative action directed by the Secretary. The summaries shall not contain any confidential or identifying information of any individual, but shall include objective data identifying any trends in the number of reported allegations, the timeliness of the Office of the Inspector General's investigations, and their disposition, for each facility and Department-wide, for the most recent 3-year time period. The report shall also identify, by facility, the staff-to-patient ratios taking account of direct care staff only. The report shall also include detailed recommended administrative actions and matters for consideration by the General Assembly.
    (w) Program audit. The Auditor General shall conduct a program audit of the Office of the Inspector General on an as-needed basis, as determined by the Auditor General. The audit shall specifically include the Inspector General's compliance with the Act and effectiveness in investigating reports of allegations occurring in any facility or agency. The Auditor General shall conduct the program audit according to the provisions of the Illinois State Auditing Act and shall report its findings to the General Assembly no later than January 1 following the audit period.
    (x) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to mean that an individual is a victim of abuse or neglect because of health care services appropriately provided or not provided by health care professionals.
    (y) Nothing in this Section shall require a facility, including its employees, agents, medical staff members, and health care professionals, to provide a service to an individual in contravention of that individual's stated or implied objection to the provision of that service on the ground that that service conflicts with the individual's religious beliefs or practices, nor shall the failure to provide a service to an individual be considered abuse under this Section if the individual has objected to the provision of that service based on his or her religious beliefs or practices.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 102-538, eff. 8-20-21.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-20

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-20)
    Sec. 1-20. General powers and duties.
    (a) The Department shall exercise the rights, powers, duties, and functions provided by law, including (but not limited to) the rights, powers, duties, and functions transferred to the Department under Article 80 and Article 90 of this Act.
    (b) The Department may employ personnel (in accordance with the Personnel Code), provide facilities, contract for goods and services, and adopt rules as necessary to carry out its functions and purposes, all in accordance with applicable State and federal law.
    (c) On and after the date 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, as provided in the Executive Order 1 (2012) Implementation Act, all of the powers, duties, rights, and responsibilities related to State healthcare purchasing under this Act that were transferred from the Department to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services by Executive Order 3 (2005) are transferred back to the Department.
    (d) The Department may utilize the services of, and enter into necessary agreements with, outside entities for the purpose of evaluating grant applications and administration of or monitoring compliance with grant agreements. Contracts pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed 2 years in length.
(Source: P.A. 102-699, eff. 4-19-22.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-25

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-25)
    Sec. 1-25. Unified electronic management and intake information and reporting system.
    (a) The Department of Human Services shall implement and use a unified electronic management and intake information and reporting system. The Department may own and operate the system itself or use equipment, services, or facilities provided by private or other governmental entities under contract or agreement. The system shall be implemented as expeditiously as may be practical and, as originally implemented, shall comply as closely as possible with the plan approved by the Task Force on Human Services Consolidation under this Section.
    (b) The Director of the Bureau of the Budget (now Governor's Office of Management and Budget), in consultation with the Task Force on Human Services Consolidation and the directors of the departments reorganized under this Act, shall prepare and submit to the Task Force by January 1, 1997 a plan for the development and implementation of the unified electronic management and intake information and reporting system.
    The Task Force shall review the plan and, by February 1, 1997, shall either approve the plan in accordance with subsection (c) or return it to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget (now Governor's Office of Management and Budget) with the Task Force's recommendations for change. If the plan is returned for change, the Director of the Bureau of the Budget (now Governor's Office of Management and Budget) shall revise the plan and, by March 1, 1997, shall submit the revised plan to the Task Force for review and approval. If the Task Force does not approve the revised plan as submitted by the Director of the Bureau of the Budget (now Governor's Office of Management and Budget), it may continue to work with the Director on a further revision of the plan or it may adopt and approve a plan of its own.
    (c) To approve a plan under this Section, the Task Force shall file with the Secretary of State a certified copy of the plan and a certified copy of a resolution approving the plan, adopted with the affirmative vote of at least 4 of the voting members of the Task Force.
    (d) Until the Task Force on Human Services Consolidation approves a plan for the development and implementation of the unified electronic management and intake information and reporting system, no additional powers or duties (other than those provided in House Bill 2632 of the 89th General Assembly or this amendatory Act of 1996) shall be statutorily transferred from any agency to the Department.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-30

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-30)
    Sec. 1-30. Badges. The Secretary must authorize to each employee of the Department exercising the powers of a peace officer a distinct badge that, on its face, (i) clearly states that the badge is authorized by the Department and (ii) contains a unique identifying number. No other badge shall be authorized by the Department. Nothing in this Section prohibits the Secretary from issuing shields or other distinctive identification to employees not exercising the powers of a peace officer if the Secretary determines that a shield or distinctive identification is needed by the employee to carry out his or her responsibilities.
(Source: P.A. 93-423, eff. 8-5-03.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-35

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-35)
    Sec. 1-35. Families of incarcerated parents. The Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Corrections shall work cooperatively with community organizations and service providers to identify local providers of services and to develop informational materials for families and children of incarcerated parents.
    The Department of Human Services shall develop informational materials for families and children of incarcerated parents. The materials shall be designed to inform children and families of incarcerated parents about the social services that are available to them, including visitation programs, family counseling, mentoring, school-based programs, and other programs identified by community organizations that work with families of prisoners. The materials shall be designed to reduce stigma and to provide support for children of incarcerated parents. The materials shall (i) provide telephone and Internet contacts for the children's caregivers with further information and (ii) assist the children's caregivers in locating and accessing services for the children. The Department shall make this information available through its website and through its existing toll-free telephone numbers.
    The Department of Corrections shall provide the materials to inmates during orientation. The Department of Corrections shall provide one sealed envelope containing the public information to the inmate so that the inmate may address it to the inmate's children's caregiver. The Department of Corrections shall mail that envelope to the address provided by the inmate. The cost of postage will be charged to the inmate's trust account. If the inmate is indigent, the Department of Corrections shall pay the postage fees for mailing the informational material to the inmate's children's caregiver. The informational materials shall also be made available within the Department of Corrections' facility visiting rooms and waiting areas.
(Source: P.A. 96-68, eff. 7-23-09.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-37

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-37)
    Sec. 1-37. Streamlined auditing and accreditation system.
    (a) As used in this Section, "State human services agency" means the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Department of Public Health.
    (b) Each State human services agency shall conduct an internal review and coordinate with other State human services agencies to file a unified report with the General Assembly summarizing the provider contracts issued by the agencies; auditing requirements related to these contracts; licensing and training requirements subject to audits; mandated reporting requirements for grant recipients and contractual providers; the extent to which audits or rules are redundant or result in duplication; and proposed actions to address the redundancy or duplication. The proposed actions shall seek to accomplish the development of a streamlined auditing and accreditation system and the streamlining of agency rules to reduce administrative costs associated with multiple and duplicative program and accreditation audits and duplication in agency oversight. To the extent feasible, the report shall include (i) necessary statutory changes and (ii) proposed rule changes needed to implement the proposed actions. The Department of Human Services shall serve as the lead agency in the development of the unified report.
    (c) In addition to the information required by subsection (b), the portion of the report related to the Department of Human Services shall also include recommendations on how to address potential inefficiencies in the current oversight of agency providers and the potential outcomes from implementing system changes related to the following:
        (1) Addressing redundant checks of policies and
    
procedures which have already been reviewed for a particular provider, with the focus of the review instead on any changes which may have been made to policies or procedures.
        (2) The use of consumer rights statements with
    
terminology that is not consumer friendly and the need for a statewide, standardized consumer rights statement.
        (3) Streamlining of review of individualized service
    
plan requirements to ensure that sufficient review of plans occurs while eliminating the need for redundant reviews.
        (4) The need for flexibility in scheduling service
    
plan meetings to allow for time extensions in circumstances where a guardian may not be able to attend due to illness or other temporary reasons.
        (5) Standardization of staff training curriculum to
    
expedite the review of curriculum and training previously approved by the Department of Human Services.
        (6) The current use of random review of staff
    
training documents instead of focusing reviews on newly hired individuals, which results in multiple reviews of the same file year after year.
        (7) The use of redundant surveys for providers who
    
consistently demonstrate compliance in previous surveys instead of focusing survey efforts on agencies with on-going compliance issues.
    (d) Recommendations in the report shall include a primary focus on developing a coordinated, non-redundant process for providing quality, effective, and efficient oversight of grant recipients and contractual providers in a manner which ensures patient safety, the provision of quality treatment, and the limitation of fraud and abuse.
    (e) The final unified report shall be filed with the General Assembly by January 1, 2011.
(Source: P.A. 96-1141, eff. 7-21-10.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-37a

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-37a)
    Sec. 1-37a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12. Repealed by P.A. 100-955, eff. 8-19-18.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-37b

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-37b)
    Sec. 1-37b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12. Repealed internally, eff. 12-31-14.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-40

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-40)
    Sec. 1-40. Substance use disorders; mental health; provider payments. For authorized Medicaid services to enrolled individuals, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery and Division of Mental Health providers shall receive payment for such authorized services, with payment occurring no later than in the next fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 100-759, eff. 1-1-19.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-42

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-42)
    Sec. 1-42. Department Ambassador. Subject to appropriation, as part of a pilot program, the Department shall designate one or more officials or employees to serve as Department Ambassadors. Department Ambassadors shall serve as a liaison between the Department and the public and shall have the following duties: (i) to inform the public about services available through the Department, (ii) to assist the public in accessing those services, (iii) to review the Department's methods of disseminating information, and (iv) to recommend and implement more efficient practices of providing services and information to the public where possible.
(Source: P.A. 98-1065, eff. 8-26-14; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-50

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-50)
    Sec. 1-50. Department of Human Services Community Services Fund.
    (a) The Department of Human Services Community Services Fund is created in the State treasury as a special fund.
    (b) The Fund is created for the purpose of receiving and disbursing moneys in accordance with this Section. Disbursements from the Fund shall be made, subject to appropriation, for payment of expenses incurred by the Department of Human Services in support of the Department's rebalancing services, mental health services, and substance abuse and prevention services.
    (c) The Fund shall consist of the following:
        (1) Moneys transferred from another State fund.
        (2) All federal moneys received as a result of
    
expenditures that are attributable to moneys deposited in the Fund.
        (3) All other moneys received for the Fund from any
    
other source.
        (4) Interest earned upon moneys in the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 101-10, eff. 6-5-19.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-60

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-60)
    Sec. 1-60. Pilot study. The Department of Human Services shall prepare 2 reports on the impact of the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 104-18 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. A preliminary report shall be prepared and submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 1, 2012. A final report shall be prepared and submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly by October 1, 2013. The Department of Human Services shall prepare a report on the impact, after January 1, 2014, of the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 104-18 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. The report shall be prepared and submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before January 2, 2016. Each report shall be posted on the Department's website within a week of its submission. Each report shall discuss the number of admissions during the reporting period, any delay in admissions, the number of persons returned to the county under the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 104-18 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, and any issues the county sheriffs or other county officials are having with the returns. Each report shall include a recommendation from the Department of Human Services and one from an association representing Illinois sheriffs whether to continue the pilot study. If either report indicates that there are serious deleterious effects from the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 104-18 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 or that the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 104-18 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 are not producing adequate results, the General Assembly may take necessary steps to eliminate the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 104-18 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 prior to January 1, 2014.
(Source: P.A. 97-1020, eff. 8-17-12; 98-944, eff. 8-15-14.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-65

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-65)
    Sec. 1-65. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 100-863, eff. 8-14-18. Repealed internally, eff. 7-1-19.)

20 ILCS 1305/1-70

    (20 ILCS 1305/1-70)
    Sec. 1-70. Uniform demographic data collection.
    (a) The Department shall collect and publicly report statistical data on the racial and ethnic demographics of program participants for each program administered by the Department. Except as provided in subsection (b), when collecting the data required under this Section, the Department shall use the same racial and ethnic classifications for each program, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
        (1) American Indian and Alaska Native alone.
        (2) Asian alone.
        (3) Black or African American alone.
        (4) Hispanic or Latino of any race.
        (5) Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone.
        (6) White alone.
        (7) Some other race alone.
        (8) Two or more races.
    The Department may further define, by rule, the racial and ethnic classifications provided in this Section.
    (b) If a program administered by the Department is subject to federal reporting requirements that include the collection and public reporting of statistical data on the racial and ethnic demographics of program participants, the Department may maintain the same racial and ethnic classifications used under the federal requirements if such classifications differ from the classifications listed in subsection (a).
    (c) The Department shall make all demographic information collected under this Section available to the public which at a minimum shall include posting the information for each program in a timely manner on the Department's official website. If the Department already has a mechanism or process in place to report information about program participation for any program administered by the Department, then the Department shall use that mechanism or process to include the demographic information collected under this Section. If the Department does not have a mechanism or process in place to report information about program participation for any program administered by the Department, then the Department shall create a mechanism or process to disseminate the demographic information collected under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-275, eff. 1-1-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

20 ILCS 1305/Art. 10

 
    (20 ILCS 1305/Art. 10 heading)
ARTICLE 10. POWERS AND DUTIES
RELATING TO PUBLIC HEALTH

20 ILCS 1305/10-5

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-5)
    Sec. 10-5. Infant mortality reduction; special population groups. The Department shall include within its infant mortality reduction programs and materials information directed toward Hispanics, people of African descent, and other population groups residing in areas which experience high rates of infant mortality. The information shall inform these groups about the causes of infant mortality and the steps which may be taken to reduce the risk of early infant death.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-6

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-6)
    Sec. 10-6. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-627, eff. 8-24-09. Repealed by P.A. 102-278, eff. 8-6-21.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-7

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-7)
    Sec. 10-7. Postpartum depression.
    (a) The Department shall develop and distribute a brochure or other information about the signs, symptoms, screening or detection techniques, and care for postpartum depression, including but not limited to methods for patients and family members to better understand the nature and causes of postpartum depression in order to lower the likelihood that new mothers will continue to suffer from this illness. This brochure shall be developed in conjunction with the Illinois State Medical Society, the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing, and any other appropriate statewide organization of licensed professionals.
    (b) The brochure required under subsection (a) of this Section shall be distributed, at a minimum, to physicians licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, certified nurse midwives, and other health care professionals who provide care to pregnant women in the hospital, office, or clinic.
    (c) The Secretary may contract with a statewide organization of physicians licensed to practice medicine in all its branches for the purposes of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 92-649, eff. 1-1-03.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-8

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-8)
    Sec. 10-8. The Autism Research Checkoff Fund; grants; scientific review committee. The Autism Research Checkoff Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury. From appropriations to the Department from the Fund, the Department must make grants to public or private entities in Illinois for the purpose of funding research concerning the disorder of autism. For purposes of this Section, the term "research" includes, without limitation, expenditures to develop and advance the understanding, techniques, and modalities effective in the detection, prevention, screening, and treatment of autism and may include clinical trials. No more than 20% of the grant funds may be used for institutional overhead costs, indirect costs, other organizational levies, or costs of community-based support services.
    Moneys received for the purposes of this Section, including, without limitation, income tax checkoff receipts and gifts, grants, and awards from any public or private entity, must be deposited into the Fund. Any interest earned on moneys in the Fund must be deposited into the Fund.
    Each year, grantees of the grants provided under this Section must submit a written report to the Department that sets forth the types of research that is conducted with the grant moneys and the status of that research.
    The Department shall promulgate rules for the creation of a scientific review committee to review and assess applications for the grants authorized under this Section. The Committee shall serve without compensation.
(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-9

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-9)
    Sec. 10-9. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07. Repealed by P.A. 96-1406, eff. 7-29-10.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-10

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-10)
    Sec. 10-10. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-998, eff. 6-1-09. Repealed by P.A. 96-1406, eff. 7-29-10.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-12

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-12)
    Sec. 10-12. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-171, eff. 7-23-97. Repealed by P.A. 96-1406, eff. 7-29-10.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-15

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-15)
    Sec. 10-15. Pregnant women with a substance use disorder. The Department shall develop guidelines for use in non-hospital residential care facilities for pregnant women who have a substance use disorder with respect to the care of those clients.
    The Department shall administer infant mortality and prenatal programs, through its provider agencies, to develop special programs for case finding and service coordination for pregnant women who have a substance use disorder.
    The Department shall ensure access to substance use disorder services statewide for pregnant and postpartum women, and ensure that programs are gender-responsive, are trauma-informed, serve women and young children, and prioritize justice-involved pregnant and postpartum women.
(Source: P.A. 100-759, eff. 1-1-19; 101-447, eff. 8-23-19.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-20

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-20)
    Sec. 10-20. Hemophilia grants. The Department may make grants to public and private organizations from the Hemophilia Treatment Fund for purposes of treatment of hemophilia within the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-22

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-22)
    Sec. 10-22. Great START program.
    (a) The Department of Human Services shall, subject to a specific appropriation for this purpose, operate a Great START (Strategy To Attract and Retain Teachers) program. The goal of the program is to improve children's developmental and educational outcomes in child care by encouraging increased professional preparation by staff and staff retention. The Great START program shall coordinate with the TEACH professional development program.
    The program shall provide wage supplements and may include other incentives to licensed child care center personnel, including early childhood teachers, school-age workers, early childhood assistants, school-age assistants, and directors, as such positions are defined by administrative rule of the Department of Children and Family Services. The program shall provide wage supplements and may include other incentives to licensed family day care home personnel and licensed group day care home personnel, including caregivers and assistants as such positions are defined by administrative rule of the Department of Children and Family Services. Individuals will receive supplements commensurate with their qualifications.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) The Department shall, by rule, define the scope and operation of the program, including a wage supplement scale. The scale shall pay increasing amounts for higher levels of educational attainment beyond minimum qualifications and shall recognize longevity of employment. Subject to the availability of sufficient appropriation, the wage supplements shall be paid to child care personnel in the form of bonuses at 6 month intervals. Six months of continuous service with a single employer is required to be eligible to receive a wage supplement bonus. Wage supplements shall be paid directly to individual day care personnel, not to their employers. Eligible individuals must provide to the Department or its agent all information and documentation, including but not limited to college transcripts, to demonstrate their qualifications for a particular wage supplement level.
    If appropriations permit, the Department may include one-time signing bonuses or other incentives to help providers attract staff, provided that the signing bonuses are less than the supplement staff would have received if they had remained employed with another day care center or family day care home.
    If appropriations permit, the Department may include one-time longevity bonuses or other incentives to recognize staff who have remained with a single employer.
    (d) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 93-711, eff. 7-12-04.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-23

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-23)
    Sec. 10-23. High-risk pregnant or postpartum individuals. The Department shall expand and update its maternal child health programs to serve pregnant and postpartum individuals determined to be high-risk using criteria established by a multi-agency working group. The services shall be provided by registered nurses, licensed social workers, or other staff with behavioral health or medical training, as approved by the Department. The persons providing the services may collaborate with other providers, including, but not limited to, obstetricians, gynecologists, or pediatricians, when providing services to a patient.
(Source: P.A. 102-665, eff. 10-8-21.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-25

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-25)
    Sec. 10-25. Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program.
    (a) The Department shall participate in the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program of the federal government to the maximum extent permitted by the federal appropriation and allocation to the State of Illinois. In order to efficiently process electronically issued WIC benefits, the Department may use an account held outside of the state treasury for the deposit and issuance of WIC benefits. The Department shall report quarterly to the Governor and the General Assembly the status of obligations and expenditures of the WIC nutrition program appropriation and make recommendations on actions necessary to expend all available federal funds. Other appropriations and funds from any public or private source in addition to federal funds may be used by the Department for the purpose of maximum participation in the WIC nutrition program.
    (b) The Department shall maintain a drug abuse education program for participants in the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program. The program shall include but need not be limited to (1) the provision of information concerning the dangers of drug abuse and (2) the referral of participants who are suspected drug abusers to drug abuse clinics, treatment programs, counselors or other drug abuse treatment providers.
    (c) The Department shall cooperate with the Department of Public Health for purposes of the smoking cessation program for participants in the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program maintained by the Department of Public Health under Section 2310-435 of the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law (20 ILCS 2310/2310-435).
    (d) The Department may contract with any bank as defined by the Illinois Banking Act to redeem bank drafts issued by the Department under the United States Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Any bank with which the Department has entered into a contract to redeem bank drafts may receive, pursuant to an appropriation to the Department, an initial advance and periodic payment of funds for the Women, Infants and Children Program in amounts determined by the Secretary. Notwithstanding any other law, such funds shall be retained in a separate account by the bank. Any interest earned by monies in such account shall accrue to the USDA Women, Infants and Children Fund and shall be used exclusively for the redemption of bank drafts issued by the Department. WIC program food funds received by the bank from the Department shall be used exclusively for the redemption of bank drafts. The bank shall not use such food funds, or interest accrued thereon, for any other purpose including, but not limited to, reimbursement of administrative expenses or payments of administrative fees due the bank pursuant to its contract or contracts with the Department.
    Such initial and periodic payments by the Department to the bank shall be effected, pursuant to an appropriation, in an amount needed for the redemption of bank drafts issued by the Department under the United States Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children in any initial or succeeding period. The State Comptroller shall, upon presentation by the Secretary of adequate certification of funds needed for redemption of bank drafts, promptly draw a warrant payable to the bank for deposit to the separate account of the bank. Such certification may be in magnetic tape or computer output form, indicating the amount of the total payment made by the bank for the redemption of bank drafts from funds provided to the bank under this Section.
    The separate account of the bank established under this Section, any payments to that account, and the use of such account and funds shall be subject to (1) audit by the Department or a private contractor authorized by the Department to conduct audits, including but not limited to such audits as may be required by State law, (2) audit by the federal government or a private contractor authorized by the federal government, and (3) post audit pursuant to the Illinois State Auditing Act.
    (e) The Department may include a program of lactation support services as part of the benefits and services provided for pregnant and breast feeding participants in the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program. The program may include payment for breast pumps, breast shields, or any supply deemed essential for the successful maintenance of lactation, as well as lactation specialists who are registered nurses, licensed dietitians, or persons who have successfully completed a lactation management training program.
    (f) The Department shall coordinate the operation of the Women, Infants and Children program with the Medicaid program by interagency agreement whereby each program provides information about the services offered by the other to applicants for services.
(Source: P.A. 101-636, eff. 6-10-20.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-26

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-26)
    Sec. 10-26. The PUNS database.
    (a) The Department of Human Services shall compile and maintain a database of Illinois residents with an intellectual disability or a developmental disability, including an autism spectrum disorder, and Illinois residents with an intellectual disability or a developmental disability who are also diagnosed with a physical disability or mental illness and are in need of developmental disability services funded by the Department. The database shall be referred to as the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) and shall include, but not be limited to, children and youth, individuals transitioning from special education to post-secondary activities, individuals living at home or in the community, individuals in private nursing and residential facilities, and individuals in intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities. Individuals who are receiving services under any home and community-based services waiver program authorized under Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act may remain on the PUNS database until they are offered services through a PUNS selection or demonstrate the need for and are awarded alternative services.
    (b) The PUNS database shall be used to foster a fair and orderly process for processing applications for developmental disabilities services funded by the Department, verifying information, keeping individuals and families who have applied for services informed of available services and anticipated wait times, determining unmet need, and informing the General Assembly and the Governor of unmet need statewide and within each representative district.
    (c) Independent service coordination agencies shall be the points of entry for individuals and families applying for developmental disability services funded by the Department. The information collected and maintained for PUNS shall include, but is not limited to, the following: (i) the types of services of which the individual is potentially in need; (ii) demographic and identifying information about the individual; (iii) factors indicating need, including diagnoses, assessment information, ages of primary caregivers, and current living situation; (iv) the date information about the individual is submitted for inclusion in PUNS, and the types of services sought by the individual; and (v) the representative district in which the individual resides. In collecting and maintaining information under this Section, the Department shall give consideration to cost-effective appropriate services for individuals.
    (d) The Department shall respond to inquiries about anticipated PUNS selection dates and make available a Department e-mail address for such inquiries. Subject to appropriation, the Department shall offer a web-based verification and information-update application. The Department shall make all reasonable efforts to contact individuals on the PUNS database at least 2 times each year and provide information about the PUNS process, information regarding services that may be available to them prior to the time they are selected from PUNS, and advice on preparing for and seeking developmental disability services. At least one of the contacts must be from an independent service coordination agency. The Department may contact individuals on the PUNS database through a newsletter prepared by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. The Department shall provide information about PUNS to the general public on its website.
    (e) This amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly does not create any new entitlement to a service, program, or benefit but shall not affect any entitlement to a service, program, or benefit created by any other law. Except for a service, program, or benefit that is an entitlement, a service, program, or benefit provided as a result of the collection and maintenance of PUNS shall be subject to appropriations made by the General Assembly.
    (f) The Department, consistent with applicable federal and State law, shall make general information about PUNS available to the public such as: (i) the number of individuals potentially in need of each type of service, program, or benefit; and (ii) the general characteristics of those individuals. The Department shall protect the confidentiality of each individual in PUNS when releasing database information by not disclosing any personally identifying information.
    (g) The Department shall allow an individual who is:
        (1) a legal resident;
        (2) a dependent of a military service member; and
        (3) absent from the State due to the member's
    
military service;
to be added to PUNS to indicate the need for services upon return to the State. If the individual is selected from PUNS to receive services, the individual shall have 6 months from the date of the selection notification to apply for services and another 6 months to commence using the services. If an individual is receiving services funded by the Department and the services are disrupted due to the military service member's need for the individual to leave the State because of the member's military service, the services shall be resumed upon the individual's return to the State if the individual is otherwise eligible. No payment made in accordance with this Section or Section 12-4.47 of the Illinois Public Aid Code shall be made for home and community based services provided outside the State of Illinois. The individual is required to provide the following to the Department:
        (i) a copy of the military service member's DD-214 or
    
other equivalent discharge paperwork; and
        (ii) proof of the military service member's legal
    
residence in the State, as prescribed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 101-284, eff. 8-9-19.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-27

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-27)
    Sec. 10-27. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-78, eff. 7-24-09. Repealed by P.A. 99-209, eff. 7-30-15.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-30

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-30)
    Sec. 10-30. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 92-722, eff. 8-6-02. Repealed by P.A. 99-933, eff. 1-27-17.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-32

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-32)
    Sec. 10-32. Task Force on the Condition of African American Men in Illinois.
    (a) The General Assembly finds and declares that African American men: (1) are disproportionately less likely to complete high school and to obtain a post-secondary education; (2) are more likely to be incarcerated or on parole; (3) are more likely to have lower lifetime economic earnings; (4) are more likely to have been a part of the child welfare population; (5) are more likely to have a shorter life expectancy; and (6) are more likely to have health problems, such as HIV/AIDS, drug dependency, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. The General Assembly further finds and declares that the State of Illinois has a compelling interest in determining the causes of these problems and in developing appropriate remedies.
    (b) The Task Force on the Condition of African American Men in Illinois is created within the Department of Human Services. Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint 2 members to the Task Force. In addition, the Director or Secretary of each of the following, or his or her designee, are members: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Human Rights, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Illinois Community College Board. Members shall not receive compensation, but shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses from appropriations made for that purpose. The Department of Human Services shall provide staff and other assistance to the Task Force.
    (c) The purposes of the Task Force are as follows: to determine the causal factors for the condition of African American men; to inventory State programs and initiatives that serve to improve the condition of African American men; to identify gaps in services to African American men; and to develop strategies to reduce duplication of services and to maximize coordination between State agencies, providers, and educational institutions, including developing benchmarks to measure progress.
    (d) The Task Force shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2008.
(Source: P.A. 95-62, eff. 8-13-07.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-33

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-33)
    Sec. 10-33. Sexual assault education program.
    (a) The Department shall conduct a comprehensive study of the needs of women with disabilities who reside in the community as well as structured living environments regarding sexual assault and the threat of sexual violence. The study must include a needs assessment during the first year that gathers input from women with disabilities, service providers, and advocacy organizations. This study must inform the development and implementation of educational programs for women with disabilities, including distribution of information materials during the first year. These materials must include information on indications of possible occurrences of sexual assault, the rights of sexual-assault victims, and any public or private victim-assistance programs and resources available, including resources available through the Office of the Attorney General.
    (b) The Department shall seek to attain any federal grants or other funding that may be available for the purpose of this Section.
    (c) The Department shall adopt any rule necessary for the implementation and administration of the program under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-489, eff. 6-1-08.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-34

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-34)
    Sec. 10-34. Public awareness of the national hotline number. The Department of Human Services shall cooperate with the Department of Transportation to promote public awareness regarding the national human trafficking hotline. This includes, but is not limited to, displaying public awareness signs in high risk areas, such as, but not limited to, truck stops, bus stations, train stations, airports, and rest stops.
(Source: P.A. 99-105, eff. 1-1-16; 99-350, eff. 1-1-16.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-35

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-35)
    Sec. 10-35. Folic acid; public information campaign. The Department, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, shall conduct a public information campaign to (i) educate women about the benefits of consuming folic acid before and during pregnancy to improve their chances of having a healthy baby and (ii) increase the consumption of folic acid by women of child-bearing age. The campaign must include information about the sources of folic acid.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-40

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-40)
    Sec. 10-40. Recreational programs; persons with disabilities; grants. The Department of Human Services, subject to appropriation, may make grants to special recreation associations for the operation of recreational programs for persons with disabilities, including both persons with physical disabilities and persons with mental disabilities, and transportation to and from those programs. The grants should target unserved or underserved populations, such as persons with brain injuries, persons who are medically fragile, and adults who have acquired disabling conditions. The Department must adopt rules to implement the grant program.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-45

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-45)
    Sec. 10-45. Hispanic/Latino Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Intervention Initiative.
    (a) The Department is authorized to establish a Hispanic/Latino Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Intervention Initiative program.
    (b) As a part of the program established under subsection (a), the Department is authorized to award a grant to a qualified entity for the purpose of conducting research, education, and prevention activities to reduce pregnancy among Hispanic teenagers.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-47

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-47)
    Sec. 10-47. Teen Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring, and Hope (Teen REACH) Grant Program.
    (a) It is the purpose and intent of this Section to establish a State grant program to support local communities in providing after-school opportunities for youth 6 to 17 years of age that will improve their likelihood for future success, provide positive choices, reduce at-risk behaviors, and develop career goals.
    (b) Subject to appropriation, the Department shall award competitive grants under a Teen Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring, and Hope (Teen REACH) Grant Program to community-based agencies in accordance with this Section and other rules and regulations that may be adopted by the Department.
    (c) Successful grantees under the Teen REACH Grant Program shall plan and implement activities that address outcomes associated with 6 core services:
        (1) the improvement of educational performance;
        (2) life skills education;
        (3) parental education;
        (4) recreation, sports, cultural, and artistic
    
activities;
        (5) the development of positive adult mentors; and
        (6) service learning opportunities.
    (d) Successful grantees under the Teen REACH Grant Program shall be in compliance with policies and procedures on program, data, and expense reporting as developed by the Department, in consultation with the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
    (e) The Department may adopt any rules necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-700, eff. 1-1-17.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-50

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-50)
    Sec. 10-50. Illinois Steps for Attaining Higher Education through Academic Development Program established. The Illinois Steps for Attaining Higher Education through Academic Development ("Illinois Steps AHEAD") program is established in the Illinois Department of Human Services. Illinois Steps AHEAD shall provide educational services and post-secondary educational scholarships for low-income middle and high school students. Program components shall include increased parent involvement, creative and engaging academic support for students, career exploration programs, college preparation, and increased collaboration with local schools. The Illinois Department of Human Services shall administer the program. The Department shall implement the program only if federal funding is made available for that purpose. All moneys received pursuant to the federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs shall be deposited into the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Fund, a special fund hereby created in the State treasury. Moneys in this fund shall be appropriated to the Department of Human Services and expended for the purposes and activities specified by the federal agency making the grant. All interest earnings on amounts in the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Fund shall accrue to the Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Fund and be used in accordance with 34 C.F.R. 75.703.
(Source: P.A. 94-1043, eff. 7-24-06.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-55

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-55)
    Sec. 10-55. Report; children with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, or severe emotional disorders. On or before March 1, 2008, the Department shall submit a report to the Governor and to the General Assembly regarding the extent to which children (i) with developmental disabilities, mental illness, severe emotional disorders, or more than one of these disabilities, and (ii) who are currently being provided services in an institution, could otherwise be served in a less-restrictive community or home-based setting for the same cost or for a lower cost. The Department shall submit bi-annual updated reports to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than March 1 of every even-numbered year beginning in 2010.
(Source: P.A. 95-622, eff. 9-17-07.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-60

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-60)
    Sec. 10-60. Mental health awareness in minority communities. The Department shall include mental health awareness, education, and outreach materials within its public health promotion programs and information to be directed toward minority population groups in Illinois. This information shall inform members of minority communities about mental illness, the types of services and supports available, and how treatment may be obtained. The Department shall collaborate with community-based mental health agencies in the delivery of the information to community leaders and other interested parties in minority communities.
(Source: P.A. 95-998, eff. 6-1-09.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-63

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-63)
    Sec. 10-63. Call4Calm text line. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services shall permanently establish the Call4Calm text line to support Illinois residents' mental health needs. An Illinois resident shall be able to utilize the Call4Calm text line if the resident or someone the resident knows is struggling with stress and needs emotional support. This service shall be free of charge and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers seeking assistance shall remain anonymous and shall be linked to a mental health provider that is responsible for the provision of mental health services in the caller's geographic area.
(Source: P.A. 102-206, eff. 7-30-21.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-65

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-65)
    Sec. 10-65. Hunger Relief Fund; grants.
    (a) The Hunger Relief Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury. From appropriations to the Department from the Fund, the Department shall make grants to food banks for the purpose of purchasing food and related supplies. In this Section, "food bank" means a public or charitable institution that maintains an established operation involving the provision of food or edible commodities, or the products of food or edible commodities, to food pantries, soup kitchens, hunger relief centers, or other food or feeding centers that, as an integral part of their normal activities, provide meals or food to feed needy persons on a regular basis.
    (b) Moneys received for the purposes of this Section, including, without limitation, appropriations, gifts, donations, grants, and awards from any public or private entity must be deposited into the Fund. Any interest earned on moneys in the Fund must be deposited into the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 96-604, eff. 8-24-09; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-66

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-66)
    Sec. 10-66. Rate reductions. Rates for medical services purchased by the Divisions of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery, Community Health and Prevention, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, or Rehabilitation Services within the Department of Human Services shall not be reduced below the rates calculated on April 1, 2011 unless the Department of Human Services promulgates rules and rules are implemented authorizing rate reductions.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 100-759, eff. 1-1-19.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-67

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-67)
    Sec. 10-67. Rights and resources for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers; public information campaign.
    (a) The Department of Human Services, in consultation with the Department on Aging, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Employment Security, and the Department of Public Health, shall conduct a public information campaign to educate immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other noncitizens residing in Illinois of their rights under the U.S. Constitution and Illinois laws that apply regardless of immigration status. The public information campaign must include resources and contact information for organizations that can aid residents in protecting and enforcing these rights.
    (b) The Department of Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Transportation and other agencies, when necessary, shall post resources and other information regarding immigrant, refugee, and asylum seekers' rights in high-traffic public areas, including, but not limited to, train stations, airports, and highway rest stops.
    (c) The Department of Human Services may adopt rules or joint rules with other agencies to implement the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-408, eff. 1-1-22.)

20 ILCS 1305/10-70

    (20 ILCS 1305/10-70)
    Sec. 10-70. Gateways to Opportunity.
    (a) Subject to the availability of funds, the Department of Human Services shall operate a Gateways to Opportunity program, a comprehensive professional development system. The goal of Gateways to Opportunity is to support a diverse, stable, and quality workforce for settings serving children and youth, specifically to:
        (1) enhance the quality of services;
        (2) increase positive outcomes for children and
    
youth; and
        (3) advance the availability of coursework and
    
training related to quality services for children and youth.
    (b) The Department shall award Gateways to Opportunity credentials to early care and education, school-age, and youth development practitioners. The credentials shall validate an individual's qualifications and shall be issued based on a variety of professional achievements in field experience, knowledge and skills, educational attainment, and training accomplishments. The Department shall adopt rules outlining the framework for awarding credentials.
    (c) The Gateways to Opportunity program shall identify professional knowledge guidelines for practitioners serving children and youth. The professional knowledge guidelines shall define what all adults who work with children and youth need to know, understand, and be able to demonstrate to support children's and youth's development, school readiness, and school success. The Department shall adopt rules to identify content areas, alignment with other professional standards, and competency levels.
(Source: P.A. 96-864, eff. 1-21-10; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

20 ILCS 1305/Art. 80

 
    (20 ILCS 1305/Art. 80 heading)
ARTICLE 80. TRANSITION PROVISIONS

20 ILCS 1305/80-5

    (20 ILCS 1305/80-5)
    Sec. 80-5. Task Force on Human Services Consolidation.
    (a) There is hereby established a Task Force on Human Services Consolidation.
    (b) The Task Force shall consist of 7 voting members, as follows: one person appointed by the Governor, who shall serve as chair of the Task Force; 2 members appointed by the President of the Senate, one of whom shall be designated a vice chair at the time of appointment; one member appointed by the Senate Minority Leader; 2 members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be designated a vice chair at the time of appointment; and one member appointed by the House Minority Leader.
    Members appointed by the legislative leaders shall be appointed for the duration of the Task Force; in the event of a vacancy, the appointment to fill the vacancy shall be made by the legislative leader of the same house and party as the leader who made the original appointment. The Governor may at any time terminate the service of the person appointed by the Governor and reappoint a different person to serve as chair of the Task Force.
    The following persons (or their designees) shall serve, ex officio, as nonvoting members of the Task Force: the Director of Public Health, the Director of Public Aid, the Director of Children and Family Services, the Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, and, until their offices are abolished, the Director of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Director of Rehabilitation Services, and the Director of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. The Governor may appoint up to 3 additional persons to serve as nonvoting members of the Task Force; such persons shall be officers or employees of a constitutional office or of a department or agency of the executive branch.
    The Task Force may begin to conduct business upon the appointment of a majority of the voting members. If the chair has not been appointed but both vice chairs have been appointed, the 2 vice chairs shall preside jointly. If the chair has not been appointed and only one vice chair has been appointed, that vice chair shall preside.
    Members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for their expenses.
    (c) The Task Force shall gather information and make recommendations relating to the planning, organization, and implementation of human services consolidation. The Task Force shall work to assure that the human services delivery system meets and adheres to the goals of quality, efficiency, accountability, and financial responsibility; to make recommendations in keeping with those goals concerning the design, operation, and organizational structure of the new Department of Human Services; and to recommend any necessary implementing legislation.
    The Task Force shall monitor the implementation of human service program reorganization and shall study its effect on the delivery of services to the citizens of Illinois. The Task Force shall make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly regarding future consolidation of human service programs and functions.
    (d) The Task Force shall:
        (1) review and make recommendations on the
    
organizational structure of the new Department of Human Services;
        (2) review and approve plans for a unified electronic
    
management and intake information and reporting system as provided in Section 1-25, and monitor and guide the implementation of the system;
        (3) review and make recommendations on the
    
consolidation or elimination of fragmented or duplicative programs;
        (4) monitor and make recommendations on how best to
    
maximize future federal funding for the new Department of Human Services, specifically including consideration of any federal Medicaid, welfare, or block grant reform;
        (5) review and make recommendations on geographic
    
regionalization;
        (6) review and make recommendations on development of
    
common intake and client confidentiality processes;
        (7) review and make recommendations to foster
    
effective community-based privatization;
        (8) obtain a management audit of the Department of
    
Children and Family Services, to be completed and submitted to the Task Force no later than July 1, 1997; and
        (9) review any other appropriate matter and make
    
recommendations to assure a high quality, efficient, accountable, and financially responsible system for the delivery of human services to the people of Illinois.
    (e) The Task Force may hire any necessary staff or consultants, enter into contracts, and make any expenditures necessary for carrying out its duties, all out of moneys appropriated for that purpose. Staff support services may be provided to the Task Force by the Office of the Governor, the agencies of State government directly involved in the reorganization of the delivery of human services, and appropriate legislative staff.
    (f) The Task Force may establish an advisory committee to ensure maximum public participation in the Task Force's planning, organization, and implementation review process. If established, the advisory committee shall (1) advise and assist the Task Force in its duties, (2) help the Task Force to identify issues of public concern, and (3) meet at least quarterly.
    (g) The Task Force shall submit preliminary reports of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by February 1, 1997 and February 1, 1998 and a final report by January 1, 1999. It may submit other reports as it deems appropriate.
    (h) The Task Force is abolished on February 1, 1999.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

20 ILCS 1305/80-10

    (20 ILCS 1305/80-10)
    Sec. 80-10. Discontinued departments and offices; successor agency.
    (a) The Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Rehabilitation Services are abolished on July 1, 1997.
    (b) The terms of the persons then serving as the directors and assistant directors of the Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Rehabilitation Services shall end on July 1, 1997, and those offices are abolished on that date.
    (c) For the purposes of the Successor Agency Act, the Department of Human Services is declared to be the successor agency of the Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Rehabilitation Services.
    (d) For the purposes of the Successor Agency Act, the Department of Human Services is declared to be the successor agency of the Department of Public Aid, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Children and Family Services, but only with respect to the functions of those Departments that are transferred to the Department of Human Services under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/80-15

    (20 ILCS 1305/80-15)
    Sec. 80-15. Transfer of powers.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Act, all of the rights, powers, duties, and functions vested by law in the Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Rehabilitation Services or in any office, council, committee, division, or bureau thereof are transferred to the Department of Human Services on July 1, 1997.
    (b) The rights, powers, duties, and functions vested in the Department of Public Aid (or in any office, council, committee, division, or bureau thereof) under Articles III, IV, VI, IX, and IXA of the Illinois Public Aid Code, with certain exceptions specified in that Code, are transferred to the Department of Human Services on July 1, 1997.
    In addition, the Department of Human Services may also exercise the rights, powers, duties, and functions vested in the Department of Public Aid under Articles I, II, VIIIA, XI, XII, and XIII of the Illinois Public Aid Code to the extent that they relate to the Department of Human Services' rights, powers, duties, and functions under Articles III, IV, VI, IX, and IXA of the Illinois Public Aid Code, subject to certain exceptions specified in that Code.
    (c) Certain rights, powers, duties, and functions vested in the Department of Public Health are transferred to the Department of Human Services on July 1, 1997, as provided in Article 90 of this Act.
    (d) Certain rights, powers, duties, and functions vested in the Department of Children and Family Services are transferred to the Department of Human Services on July 1, 1997, as provided in Article 90 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/80-20

    (20 ILCS 1305/80-20)
    Sec. 80-20. Transfer of personnel.
    (a) Personnel employed by the Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, or the Department of Rehabilitation Services on June 30, 1997 are transferred to the Department of Human Services on July 1, 1997.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), personnel employed by any other predecessor agency on June 30, 1997 to perform duties pertaining to one or more functions transferred to the Department of Human Services under this Act are transferred to the Department of Human Services on July 1, 1997.
    (c) In the case of a person employed by a predecessor agency (other than the predecessor agencies governed by subsection (a) of this Section) to perform both duties pertaining to a function transferred to the Department of Human Services under this Act and duties pertaining to a function retained by the predecessor agency, the Secretary, in consultation with the director of the predecessor agency, shall determine whether to transfer the employee to the Department of Human Services; until this determination has been made, the transfer shall not take effect.
    (d) The rights of State employees, the State, and its agencies under the Personnel Code and applicable collective bargaining agreements and retirement plans are not affected by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/80-25

    (20 ILCS 1305/80-25)
    Sec. 80-25. Transfer of property.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), all books, records, documents, property (real and personal), unexpended appropriations, and pending business pertaining to the rights, powers, duties, and functions transferred to the Department of Human Services under this Act shall be transferred and delivered to the Department of Human Services effective July 1, 1997.
    (b) In the case of books, records, or documents that pertain both to a function transferred to the Department of Human Services under this Act and to a function retained by a predecessor agency, the Secretary, in consultation with the director of the predecessor agency, shall determine whether the books, records, or documents shall be transferred, copied, or left with the predecessor agency; until this determination has been made, the transfer shall not take effect.
    In the case of property or an unexpended appropriation that pertains both to a function transferred to the Department of Human Services under this Act and to a function retained by a predecessor agency, the Secretary, in consultation with the director of the predecessor agency, shall determine whether the property or unexpended appropriation shall be transferred, divided, or left with the predecessor agency; until this determination has been made (and, in the case of an unexpended appropriation, notice of the determination has been filed with the State Comptroller), the transfer shall not take effect.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/80-30

    (20 ILCS 1305/80-30)
    Sec. 80-30. Rules and standards.
    (a) The rules and standards of the Department's predecessor agencies that are in effect on June 30, 1997 and pertain to the rights, powers, duties, and functions transferred to the Department under this Act shall become the rules and standards of the Department of Human Services on July 1, 1997 and shall continue in effect until amended or repealed by the Department.
    (b) Any rules pertaining to the rights, powers, duties, and functions transferred to the Department under this Act that have been proposed by a predecessor agency but have not taken effect or been finally adopted by June 30, 1997 shall become proposed rules of the Department of Human Services on July 1, 1997, and any rulemaking procedures that have already been completed by the predecessor agency for those proposed rules need not be repeated.
    (c) As soon as practical after July 1, 1997, the Department of Human Services shall revise and clarify the rules transferred to it under this Act to reflect the reorganization of rights, powers, duties, and functions effected by this Act using the procedures for recodification of rules available under the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, except that existing title, part, and section numbering for the affected rules may be retained. The Department may propose and adopt under the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act such other rules as may be necessary to consolidate and clarify the rules of the agencies reorganized by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/80-35

    (20 ILCS 1305/80-35)
    Sec. 80-35. Savings provisions.
    (a) The rights, powers, duties, and functions transferred to the Department of Human Services by this Act shall be vested in and exercised by the Department subject to the provisions of this Act. An act done by the Department or an officer, employee, or agent of the Department in the exercise of the transferred rights, powers, duties, or functions shall have the same legal effect as if done by the predecessor agency or an officer, employee, or agent of the predecessor agency.
    (b) The transfer of rights, powers, duties, and functions to the Department of Human Services under this Act does not invalidate any previous action taken by or in respect to any of its predecessor agencies or their officers, employees, or agents. References to those predecessor agencies or their officers, employees or agents in any document, contract, agreement, or law shall, in appropriate contexts, be deemed to refer to the Department or its officers, employees, or agents.
    (c) The transfer of rights, powers, duties, and functions to the Department of Human Services under this Act does not affect any person's rights, obligations, or duties, including any civil or criminal penalties applicable thereto, arising out of those transferred rights, powers, duties, and functions.
    (d) With respect to matters that pertain to a right, power, duty, or function transferred to the Department of Human Services under this Act:
        (1) Beginning July 1, 1997, a report or notice that
    
was previously required to be made or given by any person to a predecessor agency or any of its officers, employees, or agents shall be made or given in the same manner to the Department or its appropriate officer, employee, or agent.
        (2) Beginning July 1, 1997, a document that was
    
previously required to be furnished or served by any person to or upon a predecessor agency or any of its officers, employees, or agents shall be furnished or served in the same manner to or upon the Department or its appropriate officer, employee, or agent.
    (e) This Act does not affect any act done, ratified, or cancelled, any right occurring or established, or any action or proceeding had or commenced in an administrative, civil, or criminal cause before July 1, 1997. Any such action or proceeding that pertains to a right, power, duty, or function transferred to the Department of Human Services under this Act and that is pending on that date may be prosecuted, defended, or continued by the Department of Human Services.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/80-40

    (20 ILCS 1305/80-40)
    Sec. 80-40. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96. Repealed by P.A. 89-506, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/Art. 90

 
    (20 ILCS 1305/Art. 90 heading)
ARTICLE 90. AMENDATORY PROVISIONS
(Amendatory provisions; text omitted)

20 ILCS 1305/Art. 99

 
    (20 ILCS 1305/Art. 99 heading)
ARTICLE 99. SEVERABILITY AND EFFECTIVE DATE

20 ILCS 1305/99-5

    (20 ILCS 1305/99-5)
    Sec. 99-5. Severability. This Act is severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)

20 ILCS 1305/99-99

    (20 ILCS 1305/99-99)
    Sec. 99-99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law, except that Articles 10 and 90 take effect July 1, 1997.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-3-96.)