Illinois Compiled Statutes 20 ILCS 2435 Abuse of Adults With Disabilities Intervention Act. Section 25
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(20 ILCS 2435/25) (from Ch. 23, par. 3395-25)
Sec. 25. Reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult with disabilities.
(a) Any person who has reasonable cause to believe abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult with disabilities has occurred may report this to the statewide telephone number established under this Act.
(b) Any person, institution, or agency making a report or assessment under this Section in good faith, or providing information, participating in an assessment, or taking photographs or x-rays, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability on account of making the report or assessment, providing information, or participating in an assessment, or on account of submitting or otherwise disclosing the photographs or x-rays to the Adults with Disabilities Abuse Project.
(c) The identity of a person making a report of alleged or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation under this Section may be disclosed by the Office of Inspector General only with the person's written consent or by court order.
(d) The privileged quality of communication between any licensed health care professional or any other person who reports abuse, neglect, or exploitation and his or her patient or client shall not apply to situations involving abused, neglected, or exploited adults with disabilities. Use of a telecommunication device for the deaf constitutes an oral report. Written reports may be taken, but cannot be required.
(e) All reports shall, if possible, include the name and address of the adult with disabilities, the name and address of the alleged abuser, if applicable, the nature and extent of the suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation, the possible extent of the injury or condition as a result of the abuse, neglect, or exploitation, any evidence of previous abuse, neglect, or exploitation, the time, date and location of the incident, the name, address of the reporter, and any other information that the reporter believes may be useful in assessing the suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
(f) The Office of Inspector General shall refer evidence of crimes against an adult with disabilities to the appropriate law enforcement agency according to Office of Inspector General policies. A referral to law enforcement may be made at any time. When the Office of Inspector General has reason to believe that the death of an adult with disabilities may be the result of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, the Office of Inspector General shall immediately report the matter to the coroner or medical examiner and shall cooperate fully with any subsequent investigation.
(g) Nothing in this Act shall preclude a person from reporting an alleged act of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult with disabilities to a law enforcement agency.
(h) Nothing in this Act shall diminish the duty of law enforcement officers to respond to and investigate incidents of alleged abuse, neglect, and exploitation pursuant to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, when applicable.
(Source: P.A. 91-671, eff. 7-1-00.)
Last modified: February 20, 2012