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Public Act 096-0788




Public Act 096-0788
SB2057 Enrolled LRB096 11315 KTG 21748 b

    AN ACT concerning public safety.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Premise Alert Program (PAP) Act.
    Section 5. Purpose. It is the policy of the State of
Illinois to ensure that consistently high levels of public
safety services are available to all members of the State,
including people who may require special consideration in order
to access services. This program shall seek to afford people
with disabilities or special needs or both the same access to
public safety services provided to all citizens. It is the
intent of this program to offer guidance and direction to
public safety workers in responding to and assisting those
people with special needs or disabilities or both with whom
they will have contact in the performance of their duties and
responsibilities. The ability to effectively deal with special
needs individuals is enhanced with knowledge or information.
The ability to identify special needs individuals, their places
of employment, educational facilities, and residences are
valuable resources in instances when or if an emergency
response by law enforcement or fire protection personnel or
both are needed.
    Section 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Disability" means an individual's physical or mental
impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major
life activities; a record of such impairment; or when the
individual is regarded as having such an impairment.
    "Special needs individuals" means those individuals who
have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical,
developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also
require health and related services of a type or amount beyond
that required by individuals generally.
    "Public safety agency" means a functional division of a
public agency that provides firefighting, police, medical, or
other emergency services.
    "Computer aided dispatch" or "CAD" means a database
maintained by the public safety agency or public safety
answering point used in conjunction with 9-1-1 caller data.
    "Premise Alert Program" or "PAP" means a computer aided
dispatch database of individuals with special needs maintained
by public safety agencies.
    Section 15. Reporting of Special Needs Individuals.
    (a) Public safety agencies shall make reasonable efforts to
publicize the Premise Alert Program (PAP) database. Means of
publicizing the database include, but are not limited to,
pamphlets and websites.
    (b) Families, caregivers, or the individuals with
disabilities or special needs may contact their local law
enforcement agency or fire department or fire protection
    (c) Public safety workers are to be cognitive of special
needs individuals they may come across when they respond to
calls. If workers are able to identify individuals who have
special needs, they shall try to ascertain as specifically as
possible what that special need might be. The public safety
worker should attempt to verify the special need as provided in
item (2) of subsection (d).
    (d) The disabled individual's name, date of birth, phone
number, and residential address or place of employment should
also be obtained for possible entry into the PAP database.
        (1) Whenever possible, it is preferable that written
    permission is obtained from a parent, guardian, family
    member, or caregiver of the individual themselves prior to
    being entered into the PAP database.
        (2) No individual may be entered into a PAP database
    unless the special need has been verified. Acceptable means
    of verifying a special need for purposes of this program
    shall include statements by:
            (A) the individual,
            (B) family members,
            (C) friends,
            (D) caregivers, or
            (E) medical personnel familiar with the
    (e) For public safety agencies that share the same CAD
database, information collected by one agency serviced by the
CAD database is to be disseminated to all agencies utilizing
that database.
    (f) Information received at an incorrect public safety
agency shall be accepted and forwarded to the correct agency as
soon as possible.
    (g) All information entered into the PAP database must be
updated every 2 years or when such information changes.
    Section 20. Provision of information to the field. When
special needs information comes up in a CAD database, the
telecommunicator shall relay that information to responding
    Section 24. Data control. Any person designated by a public
safety agency to control data entered into the PAP database
shall develop policies and procedures for the control of such
    Section 25. Confidentiality. The information gathered as
part of PAP shall remain strictly confidential. The information
shall be used only to provide assistance to emergency medical
and police responders. No public safety worker shall knowingly
violate this confidentiality clause. Citizens who believe
their health privacy rights have been violated may file a
complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS) via the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
    Section 30. Liability. Except for willful or wanton
misconduct, a public safety agency shall not be subject to
civil liabilities for duties relating to the reporting of
special needs individuals.
    Section 35. Citizen advisory. Citizens electing to
participate in PAP must be advised that the provision of
special needs information will not result in preferential
    Section 40. Duration of program. The establishment and
continued existence of PAP shall be based on funding
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/28/2009