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410 ILCS 528/15

    (410 ILCS 528/15)
    Sec. 15. Establishment of the Lupus Education and Awareness Program.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, there is created within the Department of Public Health the Lupus Education and Awareness Program (LEAP). The Program shall be composed of various components, including, but not limited to, public awareness activities and professional education programs. Subject to appropriation, the Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus is created to oversee LEAP and advise the Department in implementing LEAP.
    (b) The Department shall establish, promote, and maintain the Lupus Education and Awareness Program with an emphasis on minority populations and at-risk communities in order to raise public awareness, educate consumers, and educate and train health professionals, human service providers, and other audiences.
    The Department shall work with a national organization that deals with lupus to implement programs to raise public awareness about the symptoms and nature of lupus, personal risk factors, and options for diagnosing and treating the disease, with a particular focus on populations at elevated risk for lupus, including women and communities of color.
    The Program shall include initiatives to educate and train physicians, health care professionals, and other service providers on the most up-to-date and accurate scientific and medical information regarding lupus diagnosis, treatment, risks and benefits of medications, research advances, and therapeutic decision making, including medical best practices for detecting and treating the disease in special populations. These activities shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
        (1) Distribution of medically-sound health
information produced by a national organization that deals with lupus and government agencies, including, but not limited to, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Social Security Administration, through local health departments, schools, agencies on aging, employer wellness programs, physicians and other health professionals, hospitals, health plans and health maintenance organizations, women's health programs, and nonprofit and community-based organizations.
        (2) Development of educational materials for health
professionals that identify the latest scientific and medical information and clinical applications.
        (3) Working to increase knowledge among physicians,
nurses, and health and human services professionals about the importance of lupus diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.
        (4) Support of continuing medical education programs
presented by the leading State academic institutions by providing them with the most up-to-date information.
        (5) Providing statewide workshops and seminars for
in-depth professional development regarding the care and management of patients with lupus in order to bring the latest information on clinical advances to care providers.
        (6) Development and maintenance of a directory of
lupus-related services and lupus health care providers with specialization in services to diagnose and treat lupus. The Department shall disseminate this directory to all stakeholders, including, but not limited to, individuals with lupus, families, and representatives from voluntary organizations, health care professionals, health plans, and State and local health agencies.
    (c) The Director shall do all of the following:
        (1) Designate a person in the Department to oversee
the Program.
        (2) Identify the appropriate entities to carry out
the Program, including, but not limited to, the following: local health departments, schools, agencies on aging, employer wellness programs, physicians and other health professionals, hospitals, health plans and health maintenance organizations, women's health organizations, and nonprofit and community-based organizations.
        (3) Base the Program on the most current scientific
information and findings.
        (4) Work with governmental entities, community and
business leaders, community organizations, health care and human service providers, and national, State, and local organizations to coordinate efforts to maximize State resources in the areas of lupus education and awareness.
        (5) Use public health institutions for dissemination
of medically sound health materials.
    (d) The Department shall establish and coordinate the Interagency and Partnership Advisory Panel on Lupus consisting of 15 members, one of whom shall be appointed by the Director as the chair. The Panel shall be composed of:
        (1) at least 3 individuals with lupus;
        (2) three representatives from relevant State
agencies including the Department;
        (3) three scientists with experience in lupus who
participate in various fields of scientific endeavor, including, but not limited to, biomedical research, social, translational, behavioral, and epidemiological research, and public health;
        (4) two medical clinicians with experience in
treating people with lupus; and
        (5) four representatives from relevant nonprofit
women's and health organizations, including one representative from a national organization that deals with the treatment of lupus.
    Individuals and organizations may submit nominations to the Director to be named to the Panel. Such nominations may include the following:
        (i) representatives from appropriate State
departments and agencies, such as entities with responsibility for health disparities, public health programs, education, public welfare, and women's health programs;
        (ii) health and medical professionals with expertise
in lupus; and
        (iii) individuals with lupus, and recognized experts
in the provision of health services to women, lupus research, or health disparities.
    All members of the panel shall serve terms of 2 years. A member may be appointed to serve not more than 2 terms, whether or not consecutive. A majority of the members of the panel shall constitute a quorum. A majority vote of a quorum shall be required for any official action of the Panel. The Panel shall meet at the call of the chair, but not less than 2 times per year. All members shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to actual, necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their business as members of the Panel in accordance with the reimbursement polices for the State.
(Source: P.A. 96-1108, eff. 1-1-11.)