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Weekly Legislative Update-March 20, 2017

The following are disability-related bills and/or issues pending in the Illinois General Assembly that are scheduled to be heard in committee during the week of March 20, 2017:

 

House Revenue & Finance Committee

March 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Room C-1, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: Revenue Estimates

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House Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee

March 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Room 114, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: FY 18 – ISBE budget

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HB 3171, Representative Nick Sauer

Amends the Block Grants for Chicago Article of the School Code. Removes provisions that require the educational services block grant to include Special Education and funding for children requiring special education services. Makes related changes.

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House Insurance: Health & Life Committee

March 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Room D-1, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 2959, Representative Laura Fine

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that no policy of individual or group accident and health insurance issued, amended, delivered, or renewed on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act may impose any preexisting condition exclusion with respect to that plan or coverage.

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HB 3223, Representative Ann Williams

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance must provide coverage for medically necessary preventative physical therapy for insureds diagnosed with multiple sclerosis without any treatment limitation or calendar year maximum. Removes requirements that coverage under this provision be subject to the same waiting period, cost sharing limitation, treatment limitation, calendar year maximum, or other limitation as provided for other physical or rehabilitative therapy benefits.

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House Elementary & Secondary Education: Licensing, Administration & Licensing Committee

March 22, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

Room 115, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 793, Representative Tom Demmer

Amends the School Code. Provides that school districts need not comply with and may discharge any mandate or requirement placed on school districts by the Code or by administrative rules adopted by the State Board of Education that is unfunded; with exceptions. Provides that before a school district may lawfully discharge an unfunded mandate, it must hold a public hearing on the matter; sets forth requirements concerning the hearing. Requires a school board to report each unfunded mandate it has discharged to the State Board of Education, and requires the State Board to compile and report this information to the General Assembly each year. Repeals a Section of the Code concerning an unfunded mandates prohibition.

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HB 3489, Representative Dan Brady

Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that the parent or

guardian of a child with disabilities who resides in a school district shall have the option of enrolling the child in a school district in which the child was previously enrolled as long as that school district is, in whole or in part, within the county in which the child currently resides. Requires the school district in which the child currently resides to grant proper permit to the child’s parent or guardian to allow the child to enroll in a school district outside of the district in which he or she resides. Sets forth provisions concerning special education reimbursement, general State aid apportionment, and transportation costs

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House Judiciary-Civil Committee

March 22, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

Trusts and Estates Law Subcommittee

March 22, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

Room 413, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 2593, Representative Robert A. Martwick

Amends the Guardians for Adults with Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975. Provides that one of the persons who performed the evaluations upon which the report relating to the adjudication of disability is based shall be a licensed physician unless the evaluation and report are completed by a licensed clinical psychologist and the evaluation is limited to the respondent’s mental condition.

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HB 2665, Representative William Davis

Amends the Guardianship and Advocacy Act. Provides that the State Guardian shall provide a training program that outlines the duties and responsibilities of guardians appointed for adults with disabilities under the Probate Act of 1975. Provides that the training program shall be offered to courts at no cost, and shall outline the responsibilities of guardians and the rights of persons with disabilities in adult guardianships. Provides that in developing the training program content, the State Guardian may consult with various entities. Amends the Probate Act of 1975. Provides that a person may not act as the guardian of an adult with a disability until he or she has completed a training program developed by the State Guardian or by another suitable provider approved by the court. Exempts from the training requirements public guardians, state guardians, attorneys currently authorized to practice law, and persons who are certified as National Certified Guardians by the Center for Guardianship Certification. Provides that at the conclusion of a hearing on a petition to terminate the adjudication of disability or revoke or modify letters of appointment, the court may require the guardian to complete the training program. Provides that the Governor may designate, without the advice and consent of the Senate, the Office of State Guardian as an interim public guardian to fill a vacancy in one or more counties. Provides that the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission shall provide public guardians with information about certification requirements and procedures for testing and certification offered by (instead of “professional training opportunities and facilitate testing and certification opportunities at locations in Springfield and Chicago with”) the Center for Guardianship Certification. Effective one year after becoming law.

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House Business & Occupational Licenses Committee

March 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Business Licenses Subcommittee

March 22, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

Room 115, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 3162, Representative Natalie Manley

Amends the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to establish a service dog license program under which a dog acting as a service dog shall be licensed. Requires the Department to establish rules, and provides requirements for those rules.

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House Appropriations-General Services Committee

March 22, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Room C-1, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: FY 18 Budgets, DCEO, Retirement Systems, Arts Council, DNR, CMS, EPA, DES, Procurement Policy Board, PTAB.

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House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee

March 23, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

Room D-1, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER:  FY 18 Higher Ed Budget, CSU, ICCB.

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House Appropriations- Human Services Committee

March 23, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

Room 114, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

SUBJECT MATTER: DCFS, Coroner Training Board

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House Human Services Committee

March 22, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

Room 114, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 704, Representative Patricia R. Bellock

Creates the Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program Act. Requires the Director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to establish a Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program to reduce the total amount of expenditures under the State’s Medical Assistance Program. Provides that the pilot program shall be designed to reduce the average monthly cost under the State’s Medical Assistance Program for recipients within the pilot program area by an amount that is at least sufficient to recover the cost of implementing the pilot program. Provides that the Director shall determine the geographic area to be included in the pilot program and may contract with an independent entity for the purpose of developing and implementing the pilot program. Contains provisions on required activities under the pilot program, including the distribution of Medicaid Smart Cards to designated recipients; measures the Department might take to implement the pilot program; annual evaluations; reporting requirements; extension or expansion of the pilot program; the confidentiality of health information; reports to the Inspector General; and rulemaking authority.

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HB 735, Representative Mary E. Flowers

Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that a redetermination of eligibility for medical

assistance benefits shall be conducted once every 12 months. Effective January 1, 2018.

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HB 737, HFA 1, Representative Charles Meier

Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Provides that after a community mental health or developmental services agency’s license has been revoked, it shall continue providing for the health, safety, and welfare of the individuals it was serving by ensuring residents have been fully informed of their rights and options within time frames to be specified in rule and by a specified private, not-for-profit corporation directed by the Governor to administer the State plan to protect and advocate for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities.

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HB 739, HCA 1: Representative Charles Meier

Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Provides that a public or private agency, association, partnership, corporation, or organization that has had a license revoked under a specified provision of the Act may not apply for or possess a license under a different name.

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HB 748, Representative Charles Meier

Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Requires facilities licensed under the Act to notify the Department of Human Services when emergency calls are made from the facility. Grants the Department rulemaking power to implement the notification procedures.

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HB 2383, HCA 1, Representative Randy E. Freese

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Provides that the provision requiring the Department of Human Services to develop a training program for authorized direct care staff to administer medications under the supervision and monitoring of a registered professional nurse applies to (i) all residential (rather than all programs) for persons with a developmental disability in settings of 16 persons or fewer that are funded or licensed by the Department of Human Services and that distribute or administer medications, and (ii) all day programs certified to serve persons with developmental disabilities by the Department of Human Services. Provides that the training program for authorized direct care staff shall include educational and oversight components for staff who work in day programs that are similar to those for staff who work in residential programs.

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HB 2616, Representative Robyn Gabel

Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that whenever a hospital notifies a managed care organization that a medical assistance enrollee has a discharge order from the attending physician and is ready for discharge from an inpatient hospital stay to another level of care, the managed care organization must secure the enrollee’s placement in or transfer to another facility within 24 hours of receiving the hospital’s notification. Provides that in addition to any payments for which the managed care organization is responsible through the designated discharge date, a managed care organization that fails to comply with the requirement shall reimburse the hospital for each additional inpatient day beyond the designated discharge date until the enrollee is actually discharged at a rate no less than the effective per day rate for the initial inpatient stay.

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HB 2710, Representative Elaine Nekritz

Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Provides that as a condition of being licensed by the Department of Human Services as a community mental health or developmental services agency under the Act, the agency shall certify to the Department that all recipients are afforded specified procedural safeguards and due process rights as provided by applicable Department rules.

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HB 2853, Representative Randy E. Freese

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Provides that the provision requiring the Department of Human Services to develop a training program for authorized direct care staff to administer medications under the supervision and monitoring of a registered professional nurse applies to (i) all residential (rather than all programs) for persons with a developmental disability in settings of 16 persons or fewer that are funded or licensed by the Department of Human Services and that distribute or administer medications, and (ii) all day programs certified to serve persons with developmental disabilities by the Department of Human Services.

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HB 2857, HA 1, Representative Mary E. Flowers

Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Provides that licenses for community mental health or developmental services agencies are valid for one year (rather than 3 years). Provides that an agency licensed under the Act or a community-integrated living arrangement certified by an agency must maintain for public inspection copies of investigative reports and surveys conducted by the Department of Human Services. Provides that the Department must prepare a quarterly report detailing violations of the Act by an agency licensed under the Act or a community-integrated living arrangement certified by an agency and publish the report on its website. Provides that the report must include the name and address of each agency and community-integrated living arrangement that violates the Act.

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HB 3053, Representative Will Davis

Amends the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act. Changes the title of the Act to the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities and Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Act. Makes changes to make the provisions of the Act applicable to community-integrated living arrangements certified under the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Provides that the term “Department”, for the purposes of facilities licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, ID/DD Community Care Act, or MC/DD Act, means the Department of Public Health. Provides that the term “Department”, for the purposes of community-integrated living arrangements certified under the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act, means the Department of Human Services. Adds community-integrated living arrangements to the definition of “facility”. Provides that “resident’s representative” does not apply to community-integrated living arrangements. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall consult with the Department of Public Health when adopting rules to implement the Act. Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act to make conforming changes. Provides that it is a business offense for a person to discriminate or retaliate against a resident for consenting to the electronic monitoring, or to prevent the installation or use of an electronic monitoring device by a resident that has provided specified notice and consent. Makes other changes.

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HB 3467, Representative Thomas M. Bennett

Creates the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Community-Integrated Living Arrangements and Developmental Disability Facilities Act. Provides that under certain conditions, a resident of a living arrangement certified under the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act and a resident of a developmental disability facility shall be permitted to use an audio and video surveillance system in his or her room at his or her own expense. Requires the electronic monitoring device to be placed in a conspicuously visible location in the room. Requires the Department of Human Services to establish a program to distribute specified funds each year for the purchase and installation of electronic monitoring devices. Establishes criminal penalties for a person or entity that knowingly hampers, obstructs, tampers with, or destroys an electronic monitoring device. Contains provisions concerning: resident and roommate consent to monitoring; notice of electronic monitoring to the staff and visitors; limitations on the staff’s access to recordings; the admissibility of recordings in civil, criminal, and administrative actions; staff reporting; liability; and rulemaking. Makes other changes. Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act and Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code to make conforming changes. Provides that it is a business offense for a person to discriminate or retaliate against a resident for consenting to the electronic monitoring, or to prevent the installation or use of an electronic monitoring device by a resident who has provided specified notice and consent. Makes other changes.

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HB 3813, Representative Kathleen Willis

Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Adds provisions concerning required disclosures and contract requirements for providers of community-integrated living arrangements. Provides that at the time of or prior to the execution of a contract to provide continuing care at a community-integrated living arrangement, or at the time of or prior to the transfer of any money or other property to a provider by or on behalf of a prospective resident, whichever shall first occur, a provider shall deliver a disclosure statement to the person with whom the contract is to be entered into that contains specified information. Provides that all contracts for continuing care at a community-integrated living arrangement used by a provider shall include specified information. Contains provisions requiring a community-integrated living arrangement to make certain disclosures to the Department of Human Services. Provides that residents may receive, upon request, specified information from providers and may submit comments. Provides that providers shall, to the maximum extent practicable, offer specified explanations, inform residents of certain matters, and make use of specified standards and practices. Provides that a violation of these provisions by a provider of a community-integrated living arrangement shall constitute a deceptive trade practice under the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Makes a corresponding change in the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Makes other changes.

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HB 3894, Representative Robyn Gabel

Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that every contract the Department of Healthcare and Family Services enters into with a managed care organization shall require the managed care organization to: (i) conduct a health assessment on all Medicaid enrollees; and (ii) make at least 3 attempts to contact a Medicaid enrollee within 120 days of a scheduled health assessment if the Medicaid enrollee has not undergone the health assessment by the time scheduled. Provides that every contract the Department enters into with a managed care organization shall also provide that if after 3 attempts the managed care organization is unable to make contact with the Medicaid enrollee, then the Medicaid enrollee shall be removed from the manage care organization’s health plan and enrolled in the State’s Medicaid fee-for-service program.

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House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee

March 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Room 115, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 2545, Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer

Amends the School Code. With regard to training to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior, requires all personnel (rather than specific personnel) to undergo the training annually. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, requires this training to include a school district’s policy on suicide awareness and prevention; makes related changes.

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HB 2618, Representative Robyn Gabel

Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. For parties who agree to not use mediation during a challenge, provides that a parent shall have 10 days after a party declines to use mediation to file a request for a due process hearing to allow the student to remain in his or her present educational placement.

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HB 3784, Representative  Joe Sosnowski

Amends the Compulsory Attendance Article of the School Code. In a Section concerning enrolled pupils not of compulsory school age, removes provisions that allow a school or school district to deny enrollment to a student 17 years of age or older for one semester for failure to meet minimum academic standards if certain conditions are met, and provides that no child may be denied reenrollment (instead of enrollment or reenrollment) under the Section in violation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prohibits punitive action from being taken against truant minors (rather than chronic truants) for such truancy unless available supportive services and other school resources have been provided to the student. Provides that a truant minor may not be expelled for nonattendance unless he or she has accrued 15 consecutive days of absences without valid cause and the student cannot be located by the school district or the school district has located the student but cannot, after exhausting all available support services, compel the student to return to school.

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HB 3811, Representative Natalie Manley

Amends the School Code. Provides that if a school discovers that a physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant refuses to conduct a developmental screening or the social and emotional screening despite the request of a parent or legal guardian, the school shall report the refusal to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Department shall impose a $500 civil penalty on the physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant who refused to complete the screenings.

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House Health Care Licenses Committee

March 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Room 122B, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

 

HB 2688, Representative Cynthia Soto

Creates the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Act. Provides that the State of Illinois enters into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact and sets forth the provisions of the Compact. Provides that the purposes of the Compact are to increase public access to professional psychological services by allowing for telepsychological practice across state lines and temporary in-person services in which the psychologist is not licensed to practice psychology, enhance the states’ ability to protect the public’s health and safety, encourage the cooperation of Compact States in the areas of psychology licensure and regulation, facilitate the exchange of information between Compact States regarding psychologist licensure, adverse actions, and disciplinary history, promote compliance with the laws governing psychological practice in each Compact State, and invest all Compact States with the authority to hold licensed psychologists accountable through the mutual recognition of Compact State licenses. The Compact contains provisions concerning home state licensure, Compact privilege to practice telepsychology, Compact temporary authorization to practice, conditions of telepsychology practice in a receiving state, adverse actions, additional authorities invested in a Compact State’s psychology regulatory authority, a coordinated licensure information system, establishment of the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Commission, rulemaking, oversight, dispute resolution and enforcement, and the date of implementation of the Compact.

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House State Government Administration Committee

March 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Room 122B, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 3007, Representative  Elizabeth Hernandez

Amends the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act. Defines “not-for-profit business organization”.

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HB 3515, Representative Peter Breen

Amends the Freedom of Information Act. In a Section concerning statutory exemptions, removes references to specified records and information protected under the following Acts: the Abuse Prevention Review Team Act; Brian’s Law; and the Adult Protective Services Act. Makes corresponding changes in the Abuse Prevention Review Team Act, Brian’s Law, and the Adult Protective Services Act.

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House Mental Health Committee

March 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Room 413, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 1786, Representative Mary E. Flowers

Amends the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003. Creates the Children’s Mental Health Local Integrated Fund Law. Creates local children’s mental health collaboratives. Defines a “local children’s mental health collaborative” as an entity formed by the agreement of representatives of the local system of care including mental health services, social services, correctional services, education services, health services, and vocational services for the purpose of developing and governing an integrated service system. Provides that in order to qualify as a local children’s mental health collaborative and be eligible to receive start-up funds, the representatives of the local system of care and nongovernmental entities such as parents of children in the target population; parent and consumer organizations; community, civic, and religious organizations; private and nonprofit mental and physical health care providers; culturally specific organizations; local foundations; and businesses, or at a minimum one county, one school district or special education cooperative, one mental health entity, and one juvenile justice or corrections entity, must agree to the following: (1) to establish a local children’s mental health collaborative and develop an integrated service system; (2) to commit resources to providing services through the local children’s mental health collaborative; and (3) to develop a plan to contribute funds to the children’s mental health collaborative.

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HB 2465, Representative Sara Feigenholtz

Amends the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013. Provides that provisional licenses shall be awarded to every entity with a pending application for licensure on the effective date. Provides that the provisional licenses shall be awarded and in effect immediately upon the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that for the purpose of compliance with specified Life Safety Code requirements, the Department of Public Health shall accept certain evaluations and waivers. Makes changes to the definition of “executive director”. Provides that for comparative purposes, facilities licensed under the Act shall make a specified quarterly report to the Department of specified incidents. Effective July 1, 2017.

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HB 3375, Representative Lou Lang

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that each insured residing in an area designated as a mental health professional shortage area may obtain services from professionals licensed under the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act through the use of telehealth services.

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HB 3444, Representative Camille Y. Lilly

Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, in supplying medical assistance, to provide for the legally authorized services of persons licensed under the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act as clinical professional counselors.

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HB 3703, Representative Michael Halpin

Creates the Out-of-State Person Subject to Involuntary Admission on an Inpatient Basis Mental Health Treatment Act. Provides that on or before January 1, 2018, there is created a 2-year mental health pilot project for which a mental health facility located in Rock Island County, Illinois may accept the admission of an Iowa resident from the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region who is a person subject to involuntary admission on an inpatient basis under an order issued by an Iowa court for treatment at a mental health facility in this State for which the Iowa court shall have jurisdiction over the recipient while committed to a mental health facility in this State. Provides that the pilot project shall also provide that a resident of Rock Island County, Illinois who is a person subject to involuntary admission on an inpatient basis under an order issued by a court of this State for treatment at a mental health facility in this State may receive inpatient treatment in an Iowa mental health facility. Provides that the Iowa or Illinois mental health facility shall provide mental health services to the recipient for the duration of the court order and shall return the recipient to his or her state of legal residence upon discharge. If a recipient has to enter a State-operated facility, the recipient must be returned to his or her state of legal residence. Defines “Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region”, “person subject to involuntary admission on an inpatient basis”, “mental health facility”, “Pilot project area”, “receiving agency”, “receiving state”, and “sending state”. Provides that the Act is repealed on January 1, 2020. Effective July 1, 2017.

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HB 3709, Representative  Litesa Wallace

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Provides that counseling services or psychotherapy on an outpatient basis provided to a minor 12 years of age or older must be provided by, or under the supervision of, a licensed service provider. Provides that until the consent of the minor’s parent, legal guardian, or person in loco parentis has been obtained, outpatient counseling or psychotherapy provided to a minor under the age of 18 (rather than 17) shall be initially limited to not more than 8 90-minute sessions (rather than 5 sessions, a session lasting not more than 45 minutes). Provides that after the eighth session, the service provider shall consider specified statutory factors throughout the therapeutic process to determine, through consultation with the minor, whether attempting to obtain the consent of a parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis would be detrimental to the minor’s well-being. Provides that obtaining the consent of a parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis shall be presumed to be detrimental to the minor’s well-being for counseling services or psychotherapy related to allegations of neglect, sexual abuse, or mental or physical abuse by the minor’s parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis. Provides that the minor’s parent, guardian or person in loco parentis shall not be liable for the out-of-pocket costs, including co-payments, deductibles, or co-insurance (rather than costs)for outpatient counseling or psychotherapy which is received by the minor without the consent of the minor’s parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis.

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HB 3793, Representative Camille Y. Lilly

Amends the Developmental Disability and Mental Disability Services Act. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall establish family centers throughout this State to provide counseling and mental health services to families who are indigent based on any behavior or mental health condition as determined by Department rule. Provides that the Department shall employ or contract with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and licensed marriage and family therapists to provide those services.

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House Restorative Justice Committee

March 23, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Room 413, Stratton Building

Springfield, IL

 

HJR 8, Representative Thomas Bennett

Urges the Department of Juvenile Justice to amend administrative rules regarding Maximum Penalties for Youth.

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House Special Needs Services Committee

March 23, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Room 122B, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 396, Representative Charles Meier

Amends the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act. Provides that the Department of Human Services may conduct unannounced or announced site visits. Requires the Department to establish, by rule, procedures and criteria for determining whether to conduct an unannounced site visit to an agency, program, or placement.

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HB 2641, Representative William Davis

Creates the Protection of Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force consisting of up to 25 members appointed by the Attorney General. Provides that the members shall reflect the racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of the State. Specifies the categories of individuals to serve on the Task Force. Provides that the members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation. Provides that the Office of the Attorney General shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall consider issues that affect adults and juveniles with disabilities with respect to their involvement with the police, detention and confinement in corrections facilities, representation by counsel, participation in the criminal justice system, communications with their families, awareness and accommodations for their disabilities, and concerns for the safety of the general public and individuals working in the criminal justice system. Provides that the Task Force shall make recommendations to the Governor and to the General Assembly regarding policies, procedures, legislation, and other actions that can be taken to protect the public safety and the well-being and rights of individuals with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Provides that the Task Force shall submit a report with its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Attorney General, and the General Assembly on or before March 31, 2018. Repeals the Act on June 30, 2018.

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HB 3636, Representative William Davis

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Provides that a person admitted to a developmental disability facility shall have access to sex education, related sources, and treatment planning that supports his or her right to sexual expression, including access reviews of whether the admitted person is capable of giving consent to sexual activity. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall approve course material in sex education which must meet certain statutory guidelines.

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House Veterans Affairs Committee

March 23, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

Room 122B, Capitol Building

Springfield, IL

 

HB 2657, HCA 1, Representative Stephanie Kifowit

Amends the Department of Veterans Affairs Act. Contains provisions concerning the establishment of various programs and services for the benefit of veterans including a proactive outreach program for veterans that served in high casualty units, in units that experienced high conflict areas, and in units where at least one service member committed suicide following his or her service; a public awareness campaign concerning the trauma and internal injuries suffered by veterans; and a licensing program for therapy dogs for veterans. Requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to adopt any rules necessary to implement these provisions.

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For additional information, please contact:

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Public Policy Director

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