New rules set standards for dementia care unitsNovember 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 552The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (the department) recently adopted new rules creating a pilot program for Dementia Care Units in Supportive Living Facilities (SLF) across the state.
Rules implementing the Illinois Community Care Program revisedJune 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 284Illinois' Department on Aging amended the state's Community Care Program (CCP) to provide for higher quality standards for providers, increase required worker competencies, and improve general oversight by the department. 89 Ill Adm Code 240.
Department of Human Services Act amended. PA 095-0998March 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 122The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Department of Human Services Act by adding and deleting language in Section 10-10, and adding Section 10-60. 20 ILCS 1305/10-10, 10-60.
Good Samaritan Act amended. PA 095-0874January 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Good Samaritan Act has been amended by adding Section 30.5 titled "Alternative free medical clinic without physical premises patient notification practice." 745 ILCS 49/30.5.
Subpoena for medical recordsJanuary 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 31, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Logan County denying the state's request for a subpoena duces tecum, seeking release of a defendant's medical records for the day the defendant was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
Order-of-protection laws amended to prohibit access to health records. PA 095-0912November 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554The Illinois General Assembly amended Section 602.1 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Section 222 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act to prohibit health care providers from releasing a child's health care records to any respondent listed in an order of protection. 750 ILCS 5/602.1, 750 ILCS 60/222.
General Assembly enacts the Diabetes Initiative Act. PA 095-0419June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284The General Assembly has enacted the Diabetes Initiative Act, Section 5 of which states that the Department of Human Services "shall develop a strategic plan to slow the rate of diabetes as a result of obesity and other environmental factors by the year 2010."
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act is amended. PA 095-0427June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284Sections 4.3 and 70 of the Mental Heath and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act have been amended by the General Assembly. 20 ILCS 1705/4.3 and 70. Subsection (b) of Section 4.3, concerning "Site visits and inspections," has been changed by adding language providing that the Department of Human Services will establish a system of "regular and ongoing" on-site inspections "that shall occur at least annually."
Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act amended. PA 095-0432June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284The Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act, 410 ILCS 70/1a, has been amended. The Act regulates healthcare delivery for sexual assault survivors, and the collection of evidence pursuant to the statewide sexual assault evidence collection program.
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code amended. 095-0602April 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 180The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, 405 ILCS 5/1-100 et seq, has been amended to add a new section defining "Dangerous conduct," and by changing other existing definitions concerning a person's awareness of the need for treatment.
Nursing Home Care Act amended. PA 095-0031January 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Nursing Home Care Act has been amended to include minimum standards adopted by the Department of Public Health for the operation of nursing homes. 210 ILCS 45/3-202.
Licensing of physicians tied to maintenance of profilesDecember 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 632The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which regulates the licensing of physicians, has created rules to implement the Medical Practice Act of 1987, 225 ILCS 60 et seq, which required that the department make publicly available profiles of all physicians licensed in Illinois. 68 Ill Adm Code 1285.
AIDS Confidentiality Act amended. PA 095-0007November 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 576The Illinois General Assembly has changed the AIDS Confidentiality Act concerning informed consent for HIV testing and anonymous access to test results.
State-wide smoking ban passed. PA 095-0017September 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 460The Illinois General Assembly has passed the Smoke Free Illinois Act (Act), in order to protect Illinois citizens from the secondhand effects of tobacco smoke, "a harmful and dangerous carcinogen to human beings and a hazard to public health."
Bill would make involuntary commitment easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007LawPulse, Page 398But critics of the legislation say lack of resources, not a too-high commitment standard, is the problem with Illinois' mental health system.