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Full Text of SB0702  102nd General Assembly

SB0702sam001 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Sen. Mike Simmons

Filed: 2/24/2022

 

 


 

 


 
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1
AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 702

2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 702 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
 
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Act on the Aging is amended by
5adding Section 4.04b as follows:
 
6    (20 ILCS 105/4.04b new)
7    Sec. 4.04b. Senior Housing Residents' Advisory Council.
8    (a) Findings and purpose. The COVID-19 pandemic has
9impacted seniors residing in assisted living facilities and
10congregate living arrangements especially hard. Faced with
11sickness, isolation, and a lack of support services many
12seniors of this State have expressed feeling overlooked and
13forgotten about. The purpose of the Senior Housing Residents'
14Advisory Council established under this Section is to create a
15space and opportunity for senior Illinoisans to connect with
16each other and meet with representatives from the Department

 

 

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1on Aging and the Department of Public Health in order to share
2their ideas on how the State can improve the quality of life
3for its senior residents. The Council will also give senior
4Illinoisans the opportunity to share their findings and
5recommendations on targeted services and supports for seniors
6with the Governor and the General Assembly.
7    (b) Establishment and composition. The Senior Housing
8Residents' Advisory Council is established within the
9Department on Aging. The Council shall consist of the
10following members:
11        (1) The Director of the Department on Aging, or his or
12    her designee, who shall serve as Chair of the Council.
13        (2) One member of the Senate appointed by the
14    President of the Senate.
15        (3) One member of the House of Representatives
16    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
17        (4) One member of the Senate appointed by the Minority
18    Leader of the Senate.
19        (5) One member of the House of Representatives
20    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
21    Representatives.
22        (6) The Director of the Department of Public Health or
23    his or her designee.
24        (7) Two seniors who reside in affordable senior
25    housing developments, appointed by the Department on
26    Aging.

 

 

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1        (8) Two seniors who reside in assisted living
2    facilities, appointed by the Department of Public Health.
3        (9) One adult family member of a senior who resides in
4    an affordable senior housing development, appointed by the
5    Department on Aging.
6        (10) One adult family member of a senior who resides
7    in an assisted living facility, appointed by the
8    Department of Public Health.
9        (11) One senior who lives in Cook County, appointed by
10    the Department on Aging.
11        (12) One senior who lives in central Illinois,
12    appointed by the Department on Aging.
13        (13) One senior who lives in southern Illinois,
14    appointed by the Department on Aging.
15        (14) One senior who lives in northern Illinois,
16    appointed by the Department on Aging.
17        (15) One senior who lives in western Illinois,
18    appointed by the Department on Aging.
19        (16) One administrative personnel from an affordable
20    senior housing development, appointed by the Department on
21    Aging.
22        (17) One administrative personnel from an assisted
23    living facility, appointed by the Department of Public
24    Health.
25        (18) One outreach professional who works at the
26    Department on Aging.

 

 

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1    (c) The Council shall meet quarterly at the call of the
2Chair beginning no later than January 1, 2023 and shall
3thereafter meet on the date of each quarterly meeting with
4personnel from the Department of Public Health and the
5Department on Aging. All meetings shall be open to the public
6in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. The Council is
7authorized to form subcommittees that can meet more frequently
8than once per quarter. Members of the Council shall receive no
9compensation for their service but shall be reimbursed for any
10necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties
11from appropriations made by the General Assembly for that
12purpose. The Department on Aging shall provide the Council
13with administrative, personnel, and technical support
14services.
15    (d) Duties. The Council has the following duties:
16        (1) Identify barriers to seniors feeling supported by
17    and connected to their communities.
18        (2) Evaluate available resources and services for
19    seniors.
20        (3) Evaluate State outreach to seniors.
21        (4) Evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on congregate
22    living arrangements for seniors.
23    (e) Reports. No later than December 31 in 2023, 2024, and
242025, the Council shall submit a written report to the
25Governor and the General Assembly on the results of its
26findings and evaluations under subsection (d) and shall

 

 

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1provide advice and recommendations on:
2        (1) how best to disseminate information to seniors on
3    available supports and services through the use of State
4    agency websites, informational materials, and outreach
5    personnel;
6        (2) how to ensure of the availability of targeted
7    services for seniors and to eliminate any gaps in services
8    for seniors; and
9        (3) how to improve State policy concerning seniors and
10    congregate living arrangements for seniors in response to
11    COVID-19.
12    The Council shall terminate and dissolve after it submits
13its third report on December 31, 2025.
14    (f) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2027.
 
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.".