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Public Act 91-0759

SB1712 Enrolled                                LRB9112790DJcs

    AN ACT to amend the Illinois Public Aid Code by  changing
Section 4-22.

    Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 5.  The Illinois Public Aid Code  is  amended  by
changing Section 4-22 as follows:

    (305 ILCS 5/4-22)
    Sec. 4-22.  Domestic violence.
    (a)  The  assessment process to develop the personal plan
for achieving self-sufficiency shall include  questions  that
screen  for  domestic  violence  issues.   If  the individual
indicates that he or she is the victim of  domestic  violence
and  indicates  a need to address domestic violence issues in
order to reach self-sufficiency, the  plan  shall  take  this
factor  into  account in determining the work, education, and
training activities suitable  to  the  client  for  achieving
self-sufficiency.   In  addition,  in  such  a case, specific
steps needed to directly address the domestic violence issues
may also be made part of the plan, including referral  to  an
available domestic violence program.
    (b)  The  Illinois  Department  shall develop and monitor
compliance procedures for  its  employees,  contractors,  and
subcontractors  to  ensure that any information pertaining to
any client who claims to be  a  past  or  present  victim  of
domestic  violence  or  an  individual  at  risk  of  further
domestic  violence,  whether  provided  by the victim or by a
third party, will remain confidential.
    (c)  The Illinois Department shall develop and  implement
a   domestic   violence   training  curriculum  for  Illinois
Department employees who serve applicants for and  recipients
of  aid under this Article.  The curriculum shall be designed
to  better  equip  those  employees  to  identify  and  serve
domestic violence victims. The Illinois Department may  enter
into  a  contract  for the development of the curriculum with
one or more  organizations  providing  services  to  domestic
violence  victims.  The Illinois Department shall adopt rules
necessary to implement this subsection.
(Source: P.A. 90-17, eff. 7-1-97.)

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