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1    AN ACT concerning mental health.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4
Article 1.

 
5    Section 1-1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the
6Ensuring a More Qualified, Competent, and Diverse Community
7Behavioral Health Workforce Act. References in this Article to
8"this Act" mean this Article.
 
9    Section 1-5. Findings. The General Assembly Finds that:
10        (1) The behavioral health workforce shortage, already
11    at dire levels before 2020, has been exacerbated by the
12    COVID-19 pandemic and is at a crisis point.
13        (2) Behavioral health workforce shortages,
14    particularly licensed clinical staff, staff turnover in
15    all positions, and workforce development are major
16    concerns in the behavioral health field.
17        (3) By 2026, unfilled mental healthcare jobs in
18    Illinois are expected to reach 8,353, according to
19    Mercer's 2021 External Healthcare Labor Market Analysis.
20        (4) Community based mental health agencies often serve
21    as training or supervision sites for interns and new
22    entrants to the workforce seeking supervision hours to

 

 

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1    meet licensure requirements. These professionals are
2    mandated to complete up to 3000 hours of supervised
3    clinical experience. This places financial and
4    time-resource hardships on these already lean
5    organizations to provide the supervision.
6        (5) Many new mental health clinicians have to pay an
7    estimated $10,000-$30,000 in fees for supervision
8    according to Motivo. The amount is unaffordable for many
9    students, particularly lower-income students, who graduate
10    with tens of thousands of dollars in debt.
11        (6) Community mental health agencies frequently serve
12    the most complex and chronically ill behavioral health
13    clients, which can be a challenging population for new
14    entrants to the workforce. Many times, professionals leave
15    for better-paid opportunities with lower acuity patients
16    after completing their facility-sponsored supervision
17    requirements.
18        (7) The lack of compensation for serving as a training
19    or supervision site and staff turnover adversely impact
20    the ability of agencies to better prepare the workforce
21    and meet the needs of their behavioral health clients.
22        (8) Recognizing and providing financial support for
23    this function will help community-based agencies provide
24    more training or supervision opportunities and may also
25    assist with recruiting and retaining professionals at
26    these sites.

 

 

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1        (9) Providing financial support for this role would
2    help to address reductions in standard clinical
3    productivity as a result of time spent supervising new
4    workers, enabling better absorption of the costs of high
5    turnover, or allowing for these settings to staff
6    appropriately to support training or supervision.
7        (10) For individuals seeking their licensure,
8    roadblocks to supervision include cost-prohibitive fees,
9    difficulty finding supervisors, and an even greater
10    supervisor shortage in rural areas.
11        (11) Beyond fulfilling the required hours to get
12    licensed, clinical supervision has a profound impact on
13    the trajectory of an individual's career and the lives of
14    their clients. Ultimately, effective clinical supervision
15    helps ensure that clients are competently served.
16        (12) At a time when behavioral health providers report
17    crisis level wait lists that force individuals seeking
18    care to wait for months before they receive care, now more
19    than ever, we need immediate solutions to help strengthen
20    our State's behavioral health workforce.
 
21    Section 1-10. Grant awards. To develop and enhance
22professional development opportunities and diversity in the
23behavioral health field, and increase access to quality care,
24the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health,
25shall award grants or contracts to community mental health

 

 

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1centers or behavioral health clinics licensed or certified by
2the Department of Human Services or the Department of
3Healthcare and Family Services to establish or enhance
4training and supervision of interns and behavioral health
5providers-in-training pursuing licensure as a licensed
6clinical social worker, licensed clinical professional
7counselor, and licensed marriage and family therapist.
 
8    Section 1-15. Use of funds. An eligible entity receiving a
9grant or contract under this Act shall use funds received
10through the grant or contract to establish new, or enhance
11existing, training, and supervision of interns and behavioral
12health providers-in-training pursuing licensure as a licensed
13clinical social worker, licensed clinical professional
14counselor, and licensed marriage and family therapist.
 
15    Section 1-20. Priority. In awarding grants and contracts
16under this Act, the Department of Human Services, Division of
17Mental Health, shall give priority to eligible entities in
18underserved urban areas and rural areas of the State.
 
19    Section 1-25. Grant terms. A grant or contract awarded
20under this Act shall be for a period of 3 years. Nothing in the
21Act precludes grantees to reapply for additional rounds of
22funding.
 

 

 

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1    Section 1-30. Application submission. An entity seeking a
2grant or contract under this Act shall submit an application
3at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such
4information as the Department of Human Services, Division of
5Mental Health, may require. Requirements by the Department of
6Human Services, Division of Mental Health shall be done in a
7way that ensures minimum additional administrative work.
 
8    Section 1-35. Reporting. Reporting requirements for the
9grant agreement shall be set forth by the Department of Human
10Services, Division of Mental Health.
 
11    Section 1-40. Funding. Funding for the grants or contracts
12is subject to appropriation.
 
13
Article 3.

 
14    Section 3-1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the
15Recovery and Mental Health Tax Credit Act. References in this
16Article to "this Act" mean this Article.
 
17    Section 3-5. Findings.
18    (a) In the interest of reducing stigma and increasing the
19available pool of potential employees, the General Assembly
20finds and declares that those residents of Illinois diagnosed
21with mental illness and substance use disorders should be

 

 

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1eligible for and encouraged to seek gainful employment.
2    (b) The General Assembly finds and declares that minority
3communities in this State have been more negatively impacted
4in employment opportunities for minority residents diagnosed
5with mental illness and substance use disorders and should
6receive additional employment opportunities and incentives for
7employing minority residents diagnosed with mental illness or
8substance use disorders.
9    (c) Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, employers
10in the State of Illinois have suffered negative economic
11impacts, a loss in workforce, staffing difficulties, and have
12found it difficult to recruit new workers.
13    (d) In the interest of providing additional employment
14opportunities for those residents of Illinois diagnosed with
15mental illness or substance use disorders and expanding the
16pool of potential workers in this State, the General Assembly
17finds and declares that certain qualified employers who employ
18eligible individuals should be eligible for a tax credit.
 
19    Section 3-10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
20    "Department" means the Department of Human Services.
21    "Eligible individual" means an individual with a substance
22use disorder, as that term is defined under Section 1-10 of the
23Substance Use Disorder Act, or an individual with a mental
24illness as that term is defined under Section 1-129 of the
25Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, who is in a

 

 

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1state of wellness and recovery where there is an abatement of
2signs and symptoms that characterize active substance use
3disorder or mental illness and has demonstrated to the
4qualified employer's satisfaction, pursuant to rules adopted
5by the Department, that he or she has completed a course of
6treatment or is currently in receipt of treatment for such
7substance use disorder or mental illness. A relapse in an
8individual's state of wellness shall not make the individual
9ineligible, so long as the individual shows a continued
10commitment to recovery that aligns with an individual's
11relapse prevention plan, discharge plan, or recovery plan.
12    "Qualified employer" means an employer operating within
13the State that has received a certificate of tax credit from
14the Department after the Department has determined that the
15employer:
16        (1) provides a recovery supportive environment for
17    their employees evidenced by a formal working relationship
18    with a substance use disorder treatment provider or
19    facility or mental health provider or facility, each as
20    may be licensed or certified within the State of Illinois,
21    and providing reasonable accommodation to the employees to
22    address their substance use disorder or mental illness,
23    all at no cost or expense to the eligible individual; and
24        (2) satisfies all other criteria in this Section and
25    established by the Department to participate in the
26    recovery tax program created hereunder.

 

 

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1     "Taxpayer" means any individual, corporation,
2partnership, trust, or other entity subject to the Illinois
3income tax. For the purposes of this Act, 2 individuals filing
4a joint return shall be considered one taxpayer.
 
5    Section 3-15. Authorization of tax credit program for
6individuals in recovery from substance use disorders or mental
7illness.
8    (a) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1,
92023, the Department is authorized to and shall establish and
10administer a recovery tax credit program to provide tax
11incentives to qualified employers who employ eligible
12individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder or
13mental illness in part-time and full-time positions within
14Illinois. The Department shall award the tax credit by
15issuance of a certificate of tax credit to the qualified
16employer, who will present the certificate of tax credit to
17the Department of Revenue by attaching the certificate to its
18tax return, as a credit against the qualified employer's
19income tax liability in accordance with the Illinois Income
20Tax Act. The Department shall maintain an electronic listing
21of the certificates issued by which the Department of Revenue
22may verify tax credit certificates issued.
23    (b) To be a qualified employer, an employer must apply
24annually to the Department to claim a credit based upon
25eligible individuals employed during the preceding calendar

 

 

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1year, using the forms prescribed by the Department. To be
2approved for a credit under this Act, the employer must:
3        (1) agree to provide to the Department the information
4    necessary to demonstrate that the employer has satisfied
5    program eligibility requirements and provided all
6    information requested or needed by the Department,
7    including the number of hours worked by the eligible
8    individual and other information necessary for the
9    Department to calculate the amount of credit permitted;
10    and
11        (2) agree to provide names, employer identification
12    numbers, amounts that the employer may claim, and other
13    information necessary for the Department to calculate any
14    tax credit.
15    (c) To be an eligible individual, the individual must be
16diagnosed with or have been diagnosed with a substance use
17disorder or mental illness. Disclosure by the eligible
18individual of his or her mental illness or substance use
19disorder shall be completely voluntary and his or her health
20information may not be shared or disclosed under this Act
21without the eligible individual's express written consent. The
22eligible individual must have been employed by the qualified
23employer in this State for a minimum of 500 hours during the
24applicable calendar year and the tax credit may only begin on
25the date the eligible individual is hired by the qualified
26employer and ending on December 31 of that calendar year or the

 

 

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1date that the eligible individual's employment with the
2qualified employer ends, whichever occurs first. Only one tax
3credit may be awarded for any eligible individual while
4employed by the same or related qualified employer. The hours
5of employment of 2 or more eligible individuals may not be
6aggregated to reach the minimum number of hours. If an
7eligible individual has worked in excess of 500 hours between
8the date of hiring and December 31 of that year, a qualified
9employer can elect to compute and claim a credit for such
10eligible individual in that year based on the hours worked by
11December 31. Alternatively, the qualified employer may elect
12to include such individual in the computation of the credit in
13the year immediately succeeding the year in which the eligible
14individual was hired. In that case, the credit shall be
15computed on the basis of all hours worked by the eligible
16individual from the date of hire to the earlier of the last day
17of employment or December 31 of the succeeding year.
18    (d) If Department criteria and all other requirements are
19met, a qualified employer shall be entitled to a tax credit
20equal to the product of $1 and the number of hours worked by
21each eligible individual during the eligible individual's
22period of employment with the qualified employer. The tax
23credit awarded under this Act may not exceed $2,000 per
24eligible individual employed by the qualified employer in this
25State. In determining the amount of tax credit that any
26qualified employer may claim, the Department shall review all

 

 

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1claims submitted for credit by all employers and, to the
2extent that the total amount claimed by employers exceeds the
3amount allocated for this program in that calendar year, shall
4issue tax credits on a pro rata basis corresponding to each
5qualified employer's share of the total amount claimed.
6    (e) The aggregate amount of all credits the Department may
7award under this Act in any calendar year may not exceed
8$2,000,000.
9    (f) A taxpayer who is a qualified employer who has
10received a certificate of tax credit from the Department shall
11be allowed a credit against the tax imposed equal to the amount
12shown on such certificate of tax credit.
13    (g) The credit must be claimed in the taxable year in which
14the tax credit certificate is issued. The credit cannot reduce
15a taxpayer's liability to less than zero. If the amount of the
16credit exceeds the tax liability for the year, the credit may
17not be carried forward.
18    (h) If the taxpayer is a partnership or Subchapter S
19corporation the credit shall be allowed to the partners or
20shareholders in accordance with the determination of income
21and distributive share of income under Sections 702 and 704
22and subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code.
23    (i) In carrying out this Act, no patient-specific
24information shall be shared or disclosed. Any individual or
25patient-specific information collected by the Department or
26the Department of Revenue shall not be subject to public

 

 

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1disclosure or Freedom of Information Act requests.
2    (j) The credit under this Act is exempt from the
3provisions of Section 250 of the Illinois Income Tax Act.
 
4    Section 3-20. Advisory Council on Mental Illness and
5Substance Use Disorder Impacts on Employment Opportunities
6within Minority Communities. The Secretary of the Department
7shall appoint the Advisory Council on Mental Illness and
8Substance Use Disorder Impacts on Employment Opportunities
9within Minority Communities, to be composed of 15 members,
10which shall include a balanced representation of recipients,
11services providers, employers, local governmental units,
12community and welfare advocacy groups, academia, and the
13general public. The Advisory Council shall advise the
14Department regarding all aspects of employment impacts
15resulting from mental illnesses and substance use disorders
16within minority communities, tax credits, outreach, marketing,
17and education about the tax credit and employment
18opportunities, and other areas as deemed appropriate by the
19Secretary. In appointing the first Council, the Secretary
20shall name 8 members to terms of 2 years and 7 members to serve
21terms of 4 years, all of whom shall be appointed within 6
22months of the effective date of this Act. All members
23appointed thereafter shall serve terms of 4 years. Members
24shall serve without compensation other than reimbursement of
25expenses actually incurred in the performance of their

 

 

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1official duties. At its first meeting, the Advisory Council
2shall select a chair from among its members. The Advisory
3Council shall meet at least quarterly and at other times at the
4call of the chair.
 
5    Section 3-25. Powers. The Department shall adopt rules for
6the administration of this Act. The Department may enter into
7an intergovernmental agreement with the Department of Revenue
8for the administration of this Act.
 
9    Section 3-30. The Illinois Income Tax Act is amended by
10adding Section 232 as follows:
 
11    (35 ILCS 5/232 new)
12    Sec. 232. Recovery and Mental Health Tax Credit Act. For
13taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, a
14taxpayer who has been awarded a credit under the Recovery and
15Mental Health Tax Credit Act is entitled to a credit against
16the tax imposed by subsections (a) and (b) of Section 201 as
17provided in that Act. This Section is exempt from the
18provisions of Section 250.
 
19
Article 5.

 
20    Section 5-10. The Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act is
21amended by changing Section 13 as follows:
 

 

 

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1    (225 ILCS 15/13)  (from Ch. 111, par. 5363)
2    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
3    Sec. 13. License renewal; restoration.
4    (a) The expiration date and renewal period for each
5license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. Every
6holder of a license under this Act may renew such license
7during the 90-day period immediately preceding the expiration
8date thereof upon payment of the required renewal fees and
9demonstrating compliance with any continuing education
10requirements. The Department shall adopt rules establishing
11minimum requirements of continuing education and means for
12verification of the completion of the continuing education
13requirements. The Department may, by rule, specify
14circumstances under which the continuing education
15requirements may be waived.
16    A clinical psychologist who has permitted his or her
17license to expire or who has had his or her license on inactive
18status may have his or her license restored by making
19application to the Department and filing proof acceptable to
20the Department, as defined by rule, of his or her fitness to
21have his or her license restored, including evidence
22certifying to active practice in another jurisdiction
23satisfactory to the Department and by paying the required
24restoration fee.
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1practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the
2Department, the Board shall determine, by an evaluation
3program established by rule, his or her fitness to resume
4active status and may require the clinical psychologist to
5complete a period of supervised professional experience and
6may require successful completion of an examination.
7    However, any clinical psychologist whose license expired
8while he or she was (1) in Federal Service on active duty with
9the Armed Forces of the United States, or the State Militia
10called into service or training, or (2) in training or
11education under the supervision of the United States
12preliminary to induction into the military service, may have
13his or her license renewed or restored without paying any
14lapsed renewal fees if within 2 years after honorable
15termination of such service, training or education he or she
16furnishes the Department with satisfactory evidence to the
17effect that he or she has been so engaged and that his or her
18service, training or education has been so terminated.
19    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
20following requirements for restoration of an inactive or
21expired license of less than 5 years as set forth in subsection
22(a) are suspended for any licensed clinical psychologist who
23has had no disciplinary action taken against his or her
24license in this State or in any other jurisdiction during the
25entire period of licensure: proof of fitness, certification of
26active practice in another jurisdiction, and the payment of a

 

 

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1renewal fee.
2(Source: P.A. 96-1050, eff. 1-1-11.)
 
3    Section 5-15. The Clinical Social Work and Social Work
4Practice Act is amended by changing Section 11 as follows:
 
5    (225 ILCS 20/11)  (from Ch. 111, par. 6361)
6    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
7    Sec. 11. Licenses; renewal; restoration; person in
8military service; inactive status.
9    (a) The expiration date and renewal period for each
10license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. The
11licensee may renew a license during the 60-day period
12preceding its expiration date by paying the required fee and
13by demonstrating compliance with any continuing education
14requirements. The Department shall adopt rules establishing
15minimum requirements of continuing education and means for
16verification of the completion of the continuing education
17requirements. The Department may, by rule, specify
18circumstances under which the continuing education
19requirements may be waived.
20    (b) Any person who has permitted a license to expire or who
21has a license on inactive status may have it restored by
22submitting an application to the Department and filing proof
23of fitness, as defined by rule, to have the license restored,
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1the Department certifying the active practice of clinical
2social work or social work in another jurisdiction and by
3paying the required fee.
4    (b-5) If the person has not maintained an active practice
5in another jurisdiction which is satisfactory to the
6Department, the Department shall determine the person's
7fitness to resume active status. The Department may also
8require the person to complete a specific period of evaluated
9clinical social work or social work experience and may require
10successful completion of an examination for clinical social
11workers.
12    (b-7) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any
13person whose license expired while on active duty with the
14armed forces of the United States, while called into service
15or training with the State Militia or in training or education
16under the supervision of the United States government prior to
17induction into the military service may have his or her
18license restored without paying any renewal fees if, within 2
19years after the honorable termination of that service,
20training or education, except under conditions other than
21honorable, the Department is furnished with satisfactory
22evidence that the person has been so engaged and that the
23service, training or education has been so terminated.
24    (c) A license to practice shall not be denied any
25applicant because of the applicant's race, religion, creed,
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1sexual orientation, or physical impairment.
2    (d) (Blank).
3    (e) (Blank).
4    (f) (Blank).
5    (g) The Department shall indicate on each license the
6academic degree of the licensee.
7    (h) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
8following requirements for restoration of an inactive or
9expired license of 5 years or less as set forth in subsections
10(b) and (b-5) are suspended for any licensed clinical social
11worker who has had no disciplinary action taken against his or
12her license in this State or in any other jurisdiction during
13the entire period of licensure: proof of fitness,
14certification of active practice in another jurisdiction, and
15the payment of a fee or renewal fee.
16(Source: P.A. 102-326, eff. 1-1-22.)
 
17    Section 5-20. The Professional Counselor and Clinical
18Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act is amended
19by changing Section 50 as follows:
 
20    (225 ILCS 107/50)
21    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
22    Sec. 50. Licenses; renewal; restoration; person in
23military service; inactive status.
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1license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. As a
2condition for renewal of a license, the licensee shall be
3required to complete continuing education in accordance with
4rules established by the Department.
5    (b) Any person who has permitted a license to expire or who
6has a license on inactive status may have it restored by
7submitting an application to the Department and filing proof
8of fitness acceptable to the Department, to have the license
9restored, including, if appropriate, evidence which is
10satisfactory to the Department certifying the active practice
11of professional counseling or clinical professional counseling
12in another jurisdiction and by paying the required fee.
13    (c) If the person has not maintained an active practice in
14another jurisdiction which is satisfactory to the Department,
15the Department shall determine, by an evaluation program
16established by rule, the person's fitness to resume active
17status and shall establish procedures and requirements for
18restoration.
19    (d) However, any person whose license expired while he or
20she was (i) in federal service on active duty with the armed
21forces of the United States or the State Militia or (ii) in
22training or education under the supervision of the United
23States government prior to induction into the military service
24may have his or her license restored without paying any lapsed
25renewal fees if, within 2 years after the honorable
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1Department is furnished with satisfactory evidence that the
2person has been so engaged and that such service, training, or
3education has been so terminated.
4    (e) A license to practice shall not be denied any
5applicant because of the applicant's race, religion, creed,
6national origin, political beliefs or activities, age, sex,
7sexual orientation, or physical impairment.
8    (f) Any person requesting restoration from inactive status
9shall (i) be required to pay the current renewal fee, (ii) meet
10continuing education requirements, and (iii) be required to
11restore his or her license as provided in this Act.
12    (g) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
13following requirements for restoration of an inactive or
14expired license of 5 years or less as set forth in subsections
15(b), (c), and (f) are suspended for any licensed clinical
16professional counselor who has had no disciplinary action
17taken against his or her license in this State or in any other
18jurisdiction during the entire period of licensure: proof of
19fitness, certification of active practice in another
20jurisdiction, and the payment of a renewal fee.
21(Source: P.A. 97-706, eff. 6-25-12.)
 
22
Article 15.

 
23    Section 15-5. The Clinical Social Work and Social Work
24Practice Act is amended by changing Section 12.5 as follows:
 

 

 

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1    (225 ILCS 20/12.5)
2    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
3    Sec. 12.5. Endorsement. The Department may issue a license
4as a clinical social worker or as a social worker, without the
5required examination, to an applicant licensed under the laws
6of another jurisdiction if the requirements for licensure in
7that jurisdiction are, on the date of licensure, substantially
8equivalent to the requirements of this Act or to any person
9who, at the time of his or her licensure, possessed individual
10qualifications that were substantially equivalent to the
11requirements then in force in this State. An applicant under
12this Section shall pay the required fees.
13    An individual applying for licensure as a clinical social
14worker who has been licensed at the independent level in
15another United States jurisdiction for 5 10 consecutive years
16without discipline is not required to submit proof of
17completion of the education and supervised clinical
18professional experience required in paragraph (3) of Section 9
19and proof of passage of the examination required in paragraph
20(4) of Section 9. Individuals with 5 10 consecutive years of
21experience must submit certified verification of licensure
22from the jurisdiction in which the applicant practiced and
23must comply with all other licensing requirements and pay all
24required fees.
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1relevance or sufficiency of the course work or experience is
2questioned by the Department or the Board because of a lack of
3information, discrepancies or conflicts in information given,
4or a need for clarification, the applicant seeking licensure
5may be required to provide additional information.
6    An applicant has 3 years from the date of application to
7complete the application process. If the process has not been
8completed within 3 years, the application shall be denied, the
9fee shall be forfeited, and the applicant must reapply and
10meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
11(Source: P.A. 100-766, eff. 1-1-19.)
 
12    Section 15-10. The Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing
13Act is amended by changing Section 65 as follows:
 
14    (225 ILCS 55/65)  (from Ch. 111, par. 8351-65)
15    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
16    Sec. 65. Endorsement. The Department may issue a license
17as a licensed marriage and family therapist, without the
18required examination, to an applicant licensed under the laws
19of another state if the requirements for licensure in that
20state are, on the date of licensure, substantially equivalent
21to the requirements of this Act or to a person who, at the time
22of his or her application for licensure, possessed individual
23qualifications that were substantially equivalent to the
24requirements then in force in this State. An applicant under

 

 

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1this Section shall pay all of the required fees.
2    An individual applying for licensure as a licensed
3marriage and family therapist who has been licensed at the
4independent level in another United States jurisdiction for 5
510 consecutive years without discipline is not required to
6submit proof of completion of the education, professional
7experience, and supervision required in Section 40.
8Individuals with 5 10 consecutive years of experience must
9submit certified verification of licensure from the
10jurisdiction in which the applicant practiced and must comply
11with all other licensing requirements and pay all required
12fees.
13    If the accuracy of any submitted documentation or the
14relevance or sufficiency of the course work or experience is
15questioned by the Department or the Board because of a lack of
16information, discrepancies or conflicts in information given,
17or a need for clarification, the applicant seeking licensure
18may be required to provide additional information.
19    Applicants have 3 years from the date of application to
20complete the application process. If the process has not been
21completed within the 3 years, the application shall be denied,
22the fee shall be forfeited, and the applicant must reapply and
23meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
24(Source: P.A. 100-372, eff. 8-25-17; 100-766, eff. 1-1-19.)
 
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1Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act is amended
2by changing Section 70 as follows:
 
3    (225 ILCS 107/70)
4    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
5    Sec. 70. Endorsement. The Department may issue a license
6as a licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical
7professional counselor, without the required examination, to
8(i) an applicant licensed under the laws of another state or
9United States jurisdiction whose standards in the opinion of
10the Department, were substantially equivalent at the date of
11his or her licensure in the other jurisdiction to the
12requirements of this Act or (ii) any person who, at the time of
13licensure, possessed individual qualifications which were
14substantially equivalent to the requirements of this Act. Such
15an applicant shall pay all of the required fees.
16    An individual applying for licensure as a clinical
17professional counselor who has been licensed independent level
18in another United States jurisdiction for 5 10 consecutive
19years without discipline is not required to submit proof of
20completion of the supervised employment or experience required
21in subsection (b) of Section 45. Individuals with 5 10
22consecutive years of experience must submit certified
23verification of licensure from the jurisdiction in which the
24applicant practiced and must comply with all other licensing
25requirements and pay all required fees.

 

 

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1    If the accuracy of any submitted documentation or the
2relevance or sufficiency of the course work or experience is
3questioned by the Department or the Board because of a lack of
4information, discrepancies or conflicts in information given,
5or a need for clarification, the applicant seeking licensure
6may be required to provide additional information.
7    Applicants have 3 years from the date of application to
8complete the application process. If the process has not been
9completed within 3 years, the application shall be denied, the
10fee forfeited, and the applicant must reapply and meet the
11requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
12(Source: P.A. 100-766, eff. 1-1-19.)
 
13
Article 99.

 
14    Section 99-99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.

 

 

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1 INDEX
2 Statutes amended in order of appearance
3    New Act
4    5 ILCS 100/5-45.21 new
5    35 ILCS 5/232 new
6    20 ILCS 2205/2205-40 new
7    225 ILCS 20/12.5
8    225 ILCS 55/65from Ch. 111, par. 8351-65
9    225 ILCS 107/70