(325 ILCS 20/10) (from Ch. 23, par. 4160)
    Sec. 10. Standards. The Council and the lead agency, with assistance from parents and providers, shall develop and promulgate policies and procedures relating to the establishment and implementation of program and personnel standards to ensure that services provided are consistent with any State-approved or recognized certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements which apply to the area of early intervention program service standards. Only State-approved public or private early intervention service providers shall be eligible to receive State and federal funding for early intervention services. All early childhood intervention staff shall hold the highest entry requirement necessary for that position.
    To be a State-approved early intervention service provider, an individual (i) shall not have served or completed, within the preceding 5 years, a sentence for conviction of any felony that the Department establishes by rule and (ii) shall not have been indicated as a perpetrator of child abuse or neglect, within the preceding 5 years, in an investigation by Illinois (pursuant to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act) or another state. The Department is authorized to receive criminal background checks for such providers and persons applying to be such a provider and to receive child abuse and neglect reports regarding indicated perpetrators who are applying to provide or currently authorized to provide early intervention services in Illinois. Beginning January 1, 2004, every provider of State-approved early intervention services and every applicant to provide such services must authorize, in writing and in the form required by the Department, a State and FBI criminal background check, as requested by the Department, and check of child abuse and neglect reports regarding the provider or applicant as a condition of authorization to provide early intervention services. The Department shall use the results of the checks only to determine State approval of the early intervention service provider and shall not re-release the information except as necessary to accomplish that purpose.
(Source: P.A. 98-41, eff. 6-28-13.)