Illinois Compiled Statutes 20 ILCS 2435 Abuse of Adults With Disabilities Intervention Act. Section 35
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(20 ILCS 2435/35) (from Ch. 23, par. 3395-35)
Sec. 35. Assessment of reports.
(a) The Adults with Disabilities Abuse Project shall, upon receiving a report of alleged or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation obtain the consent of the subject of the report to conduct an assessment with respect to the report. The assessment shall include, but not be limited to, a face-to-face interview with the adult with disabilities who is the subject of the report and may include a visit to the residence of the adult with disabilities, and interviews or consultations with service agencies or individuals who may have knowledge of the circumstances of the adult with disabilities. A determination shall be made whether each report is substantiated. If the Office of Inspector General determines that there is clear and substantial risk of death or great bodily harm, it shall immediately secure or provide emergency protective services for purposes of preventing further abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and for safeguarding the welfare of the person. Such services must be provided in the least restrictive environment commensurate with the adult with disabilities' needs.
(a-5) The Adults with Disabilities Abuse Project shall initiate an assessment of all reports of alleged or suspected abuse or neglect within 7 days after receipt of the report, except reports of abuse or neglect that indicate that the life or safety of an adult with disabilities is in imminent danger shall be assessed within 24 hours after receipt of the report. Reports of exploitation shall be assessed within 30 days after the receipt of the report.
(c) The Department shall effect written interagency agreements with other State departments and any other public and private agencies to coordinate and cooperate in the handling of substantiated cases; to accept and manage substantiated cases on a priority basis; and to waive eligibility requirements for the adult with disabilities in an emergency.
(d) Every effort shall be made by the Adults with Disabilities Abuse Project to coordinate and cooperate with public and private agencies to ensure the provision of services necessary to eliminate further abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the adult with disabilities who is the subject of the report.
The Office of Inspector General shall promulgate rules and regulations to ensure the effective implementation of the Adults with Disabilities Abuse Project statewide.
(e) When the Adults with Disabilities Abuse Project determines that a case is substantiated, it shall refer the case to the appropriate office within the Department of Human Services to develop, with the consent of and in consultation with the adult with disabilities, a service plan for the adult with disabilities.
(f) The Adults with Disabilities Abuse Project shall refer reports of alleged or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation to another State agency when that agency has a statutory obligation to investigate such reports.
(g) If the Adults with Disabilities Abuse Project has reason to believe that a crime has been committed, the incident shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
(Source: P.A. 91-671, eff. 7-1-00.)
Last modified: February 20, 2012