(405 ILCS 5/5-100)
(from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 5-100)
Written notice of the death of a recipient of services
which occurs at a mental health or developmental disabilities facility, or
the death of a recipient of services who has not been discharged from a
mental health or developmental disabilities facility but whose death occurs
elsewhere, shall within 10 days of the death of a recipient be mailed to
the Department of Public Health which, for the primary purpose of
monitoring patterns of abuse and neglect of recipients of services, shall
make such notices available to the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission and
to the agency designated by the Governor under Section 1 of "An Act in
relation to the protection and advocacy of the rights of persons with
developmental disabilities, and amending Acts therein named", approved
September 20, 1985. Such notice shall include the name of the
recipient, the name and address of the facility at which the death
occurred, the recipient's age, the nature of the recipient's condition,
including any evidence of the previous injuries or disabilities, or
relevant medical conditions or any other information which might be helpful
in establishing the cause of death.
Written notice of the death of a recipient of services who was admitted
by court order, and the cause thereof shall, in all cases, be mailed by the
facility director to the court entering the original admission order, and
if possible, to the same judge, and the time, place and alleged cause of
such death shall be entered upon the docket. Such notice must be mailed
within 10 days following the death of the recipient.
In the event of a sudden or mysterious death of any recipient of services
at any public or private facility, a coroner's inquest shall be held as
provided by law in other cases.
In cases where the deceased person was a recipient or client of any state
facility, and the fees for holding an inquest cannot be collected out of his
estate, such fees shall be paid by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 88-380.)