(225 ILCS 57/45)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Grounds for discipline.
(a) The Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke, suspend,
probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action, as the Department
including the imposition of fines not to exceed $10,000 for each violation, with
regard to any license or licensee
for any one or more of the following:
(1) violations of this Act or of the rules adopted
(2) conviction by plea of guilty or nolo contendere,
finding of guilt, jury verdict, or entry of judgment or by sentencing of any crime, including, but not limited to, convictions, preceding sentences of supervision, conditional discharge, or first offender probation, under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States: (i) that is a felony; or (ii) that is a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or that is directly related to the practice of the profession;
(3) professional incompetence;
(4) advertising in a false, deceptive, or misleading
manner, including failing to use the massage therapist's own license number in an advertisement;
(5) aiding, abetting, assisting, procuring, advising,
employing, or contracting with any unlicensed person to practice massage contrary to any rules or provisions of this Act;
(6) engaging in immoral conduct in the commission of
any act, such as sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, or sexual exploitation, related to the licensee's practice;
(7) engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public;
(8) practicing or offering to practice beyond the
scope permitted by law or accepting and performing professional responsibilities which the licensee knows or has reason to know that he or she is not competent to perform;
(9) knowingly delegating professional
responsibilities to a person unqualified by training, experience, or licensure to perform;
(10) failing to provide information in response to a
written request made by the Department within 60 days;
(11) having a habitual or excessive use of or
addiction to alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug which results in the inability to practice with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety;
(12) having a pattern of practice or other behavior
that demonstrates incapacity or incompetence to practice under this Act;
(13) discipline by another state, District of
Columbia, territory, or foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Section;
(14) a finding by the Department that the licensee,
after having his or her license placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation;
(15) willfully making or filing false records or
reports in his or her practice, including, but not limited to, false records filed with State agencies or departments;
(16) making a material misstatement in furnishing
information to the Department or otherwise making misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations in violation of this Act or otherwise in the practice of the profession;
(17) fraud or misrepresentation in applying for or
procuring a license under this Act or in connection with applying for renewal of a license under this Act;
(18) inability to practice the profession with
reasonable judgment, skill, or safety as a result of physical illness, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process, loss of motor skill, or a mental illness or disability;
(19) charging for professional services not rendered,
including filing false statements for the collection of fees for which services are not rendered;
(20) practicing under a false or, except as provided
by law, an assumed name; or
(21) cheating on or attempting to subvert the
licensing examination administered under this Act.
All fines shall be paid within 60 days of the effective date of the order imposing the fine.
(b) A person not licensed under this Act and engaged in the business of offering massage therapy services through others, shall not aid, abet, assist, procure, advise, employ, or contract with any unlicensed person to practice massage therapy contrary to any rules or provisions of this Act. A person violating this subsection (b) shall be treated as a licensee for the purposes of disciplinary action under this Section and shall be subject to cease and desist orders as provided in Section 90 of this Act.
(c) The Department shall revoke any license issued under this Act of any person who is convicted of prostitution, rape, sexual misconduct, or any crime that subjects the licensee to compliance with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration Act and any such conviction shall operate as a permanent bar in the State of Illinois to practice as a massage therapist.
(d) The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend the license of any
fails to file a tax return, to pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a
tax return, or to pay any final
assessment of tax, penalty, or interest, as required by any tax Act
administered by the Illinois
Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of the tax Act are
satisfied in accordance with subsection (g) of Section 2105-15 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(f) In cases where the Department of Healthcare and Family Services has previously determined that a licensee or a potential licensee is more than 30 days delinquent in the payment of child support and has subsequently certified the delinquency to the Department, the Department may refuse to issue or renew or may revoke or suspend that person's license or may take other disciplinary action against that person based solely upon the certification of delinquency made by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in accordance with item (5) of subsection (a) of Section 2105-15 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(g) The determination by a circuit court that a licensee is
to involuntary admission or judicial admission, as provided in the Mental
Developmental Disabilities Code, operates as an automatic suspension. The
will end only upon a finding by a court that the patient is no longer
involuntary admission or judicial admission and the issuance of a court
order so finding
and discharging the patient.
(h) In enforcing this Act, the Department or Board, upon a showing of a
possible violation, may compel an individual licensed to practice under this
Act, or who
has applied for licensure under this Act, to submit to a mental or physical
both, as required by and at the expense of the Department. The Department or
order the examining physician to present testimony concerning the mental or
examination of the licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded by
any common law or statutory privilege relating to communications between the
or applicant and the examining physician. The examining physicians shall be
designated by the Board or Department. The individual to be examined may have,
or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present during all aspects of
this examination. The examination shall be performed by a physician licensed
medicine in all its branches. Failure of an individual to submit to a mental
examination, when directed, shall result in an automatic suspension without hearing.
A person holding a license under this Act or who has applied for a license under this Act who, because of a physical or mental illness or disability, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill, is unable to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety, may be required by the Department to submit to care, counseling, or treatment by physicians approved or designated by the Department as a condition, term, or restriction for continued, reinstated, or renewed licensure to practice. Submission to care, counseling, or treatment as required by the Department shall not be considered discipline of a license. If the licensee refuses to enter into a care, counseling, or treatment agreement or fails to abide by the terms of the agreement, the Department may file a complaint to revoke, suspend, or otherwise discipline the license of the individual. The Secretary may order the license suspended immediately, pending a hearing by the Department. Fines shall not be assessed in disciplinary actions involving physical or mental illness or impairment.
In instances in which the Secretary immediately suspends a person's license
this Section, a hearing on that person's license must be convened by the
within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay.
Department and Board shall have the authority to review the subject
of treatment and counseling regarding the impairment to the extent permitted by
applicable federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of
An individual licensed under this Act and affected under this Section shall
afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department or Board that he or
resume practice in compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards under
provisions of his or her license.
(Source: P.A. 102-20, eff. 1-1-22