Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act. Extends the responsibilities of the Department on Aging to include education and warning programs about elder abuse in conjunction with other State departments, banks and other financial institutions, and utility companies. Provides that professionals who are mandated reporters who willfully fail to report suspected elder abuse shall be referred to the appropriate professional disciplinary board and that other mandated reporters who willfully fail to report are guilty of a misdemeanor. Extends the period of review by a provider agency of services provided to elders from up to one year to up to 2 years.
Fiscal Note (Department on Aging)
Estimated fiscal implications for House Bill 85 will initially cost the State of Illinois $308,114.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts language from the bill as introduced and further amends the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act to add a person who performs the duties of a paramedic or an Emergency Medical Technician to the list of professions under the definition of "mandated reporter". Provides that the Department on Aging is responsible for solicitation of financial institutions for the purpose of making information available to the general public warning of financial exploitation of the elderly and related financial fraud or abuse (instead of coordinating education and warning efforts, including an ombudsman program with banks and financial institutions). Provides that a physician who willfully fails to report shall be referred to the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board. Provides that a dentist or dental hygienist who willfully fails to report shall be referred to the Department of Professional Regulation. Provides that other mandated reporters who fail to report are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Provides that all services provided to an eligible adult shall be reviewed by the provider agency on at least a quarterly basis for up to one year (instead of 2 years) to determine whether the service care plan should be continued or modified. Allows the Department of Aging to grant a waiver to extend the service care plan for up to an additional one year period.
Fiscal Note (H-AM 1, H-AM 2) (Department on Aging)
The amendments substantially remove the items that would cost to implement, therefore the revised fiscal note is that the bill would have no fiscal impact.