90th General Assembly
Summary of SB0956
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MENTAL HEALTH-ADMINISTRATIVE                                               

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends  the  Mental   Health   and   Developmental   Disabilities      
   Administrative  Act.    Provides  that the Department of Mental Health      
   (and, on and after July 1, 1997, the  Department  of  Human  Services)      
   shall   require   candidates  for  positions  involving  contact  with      
   recipients of services  in  State-operated  facilities  to  submit  to      
   fingerprint-based  criminal  background  investigations.   Sets  forth      
   circumstances under which information relating to an investigation may      
   be  disclosed.   Deletes provisions allowing the Department to provide      
   supplemental payments  to  families  of  persons  placed  in  licensed      
   private  facilities.  Deletes a provision requiring 30 days' notice to      
   the Department and the person's guardian before  a  mentally  retarded      
   person  is discharged or transferred from a private facility. Provides      
   that the Department shall visit all persons the Department places in a      
   nursing home once in the first  month  following  placement  and  once      
   every  month  thereafter  when  indicated.     Abolishes the Community      
   Funding  Advisory  Committee.     Repeals  the  Community  Residential      
   Alternatives Licensing Act.  Provides  that  all  agencies  previously      
   regulated  by  the  Community  Residential  Alternatives Licensing Act      
   shall be regulated under the Community-Integrated Living  Arrangements      
   Licensure  and  Certification  Act.     Amends  the  Mental Health and      
   Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act.  Provides that  mental      
   health records and communications may be disclosed in accordance  with      
   the  Sex Offender Registration Act and the Rights of Crime Victims and      
   Witnesses Act.   Permits a facility director  to  disclose  whether  a      
   person  is  present  at  the mental health or developmental disability      
   facility upon the request of a peace officer or prosecuting  authority      
   who  is  conducting a bona fide investigation of a criminal offense or      
   attempting to apprehend a fugitive from justice.    Establishes  civil      
   and  criminal  immunity  for a person who discloses the information in      
   good faith.   Makes other changes.     Effective  immediately,  except      
   certain provisions take effect on July 1, 1997.                             
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Deletes reference to:                                                
          20 ILCS 1705/43                                                      
          20 ILCS 1705/7.1 rep.                                                
        Restores language allowing the Department of  Mental  Health  (or      
   Human  Services)  to  supplement  the  amounts  that  families pay for      
   persons placed in licensed private facilities.                              
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0423

   Last action date: 97-08-15

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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