A piece of legislation sponsored by State Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon will ensure that mentally disabled individuals in Illinois get the proper care they need and that reports of neglect do not go ignored. Kay presented the measure to the General Assembly after learning about several deaths that were not investigated properly.
HB 6201 amends the Abuse of Adults with Disabilities Intervention Act, requiring that the Office of Inspector General designated by the Department of Human Services immediately report the matter to the appropriate law enforcement agency and coroner or medical examiner upon the death of an adult with disabilities, where a complaint or report of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation was made prior to the person's death.
It requires that the report must be in writing and that it contain information regarding the prior complaint of alleged abuse, a written explanation of all actions taken or not taken by the OIG or the Department upon receiving the complaint, as well as all of the personnel from the OIG and the Department who were involved in investigating the report of abuse.
The bill also sets requirements for on-site visits and interviews with subjects that are reported for potentially abusing a developmentally disabled patient.