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This is not a list of all legislation that affects mental health counselors in Illinois. Also, it may not directly affect every mental health counselor in Illinois. IMHCA may be able to help clarify issues regarding legislation, but consult an attorney if you have any legal questions.

Current Illinois State Legislation

 Topic: Short Description: Legislation Link: PDF of Just That Section: Effective Date:
         
 Firearm Concealed Carry Act  FOID law on LCPC mandated reporting for clients at risk. Clear and present danger definition.
 Public Act 098-0063  098-0063  
Confidentiality Act
Amends Confidentiality Act to Cover disclosures not made in a therapeutic relationship.
Public Act 99-0028
 099-0028 1/1/2016
 Student Safety
Requires colleges to allow students to designate someone to whom college can disclose the fact that the students is a clear danger.
Public Act 99-0278
 099-0278  1/1/2016
Health Care
Protects disclosure of sensitive health care services.
Public Act 99-0181
099-0181
7/29/2015
 LGBTQ Minors
Protects LGBTQ minors from "conversion therapy"
Public Act 99-0411
 099-0411  1/1/2016
 Opiod Treatment
Bill About Opiod Treatment. Am #1 greatly strengthens parity law.
Public Act 99-0480
 099-0480  9/9/2015
 School Support Personnel and Principal Endorsement Provides that 4 years of working in the capacity of school support personnel shall be counted towards a principal endorsement for a Professional Educator License.
Public Act 98-0917
098-0917
8/15/2014
 School Counselor Definition  Deletes existing provisions regarding school counseling to further define the role and services of school counselors in the school environment. Specifies school counselors are not the only ones able to provide these services nor are they limited to what is listed. Public Act 98-0918
098-0918
2/15/2014
 Bullying Prevention
Adds a definition of cyber-bullying to the School Code. Extends school action against cyber-bullying to include that which takes place off of school property, computers, or events if brought to them and is creating a disruption to the educational process.
Public Act 098-0801
 098-0801 8/1/2014
 Clarification and Definition of LCPCs  Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Defines "clinical professional counselor". Public Act 098-0724
098-0724
 7/16/2014
Restraint Authorization for LCPCs Adds LCPC as authorized to order restraints. The law already includes LCSW. Public Act 98-0137 Sec. 2-108
8/2/2013
Concealed Carry Concealed carry law on mandated reporting of "danger to self or others" or "developmentally disabled."
Public Act 98-0063
Sec. 6-103.3
7/9/2013
Concealed Carry Amendment requiring QMHPs to report.
Public Act 98-600 Sec. 8.1
12/6/2013
Sex Offenders   Sex offender evaluation and treatment provider act. Illinois Register 2013 Sec. 1280
11/22/2013
Facility Director  Amends definition of facility director to allow counselors to be designees. Public Act 97-0753 HB4037
7/6/2012
State Grantee Reporting  Requires more reporting from state grantees. Prohibits grantees from charging clients for services funded by the state. Public Act 98-0047 HB0002
7/1/2013
 Mental Health Confidentiality Concealed carry bill changes law concerning confidentiality of mental health records and reporting requirements.  Public Act 98-0063 HB0183
7/9/2013
Mental Health Youth Protection
Provides that no mental health provider shall engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under the age of 18
Public Act 99-0411
HB0217
1/1/2016
 Client Records Must establish and maintain client records and case notes. Records must be maintained for at least 7 years. Administrative Code 1375.225 Sec. C-4
 
 Health Care Fraud Regulations
States that any IDFPR licensed worker who has been convicted of, or has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution to a criminal health care or criminal insurance fraud offense will have their license suspended immediately
Public Act 99-0211
 HB1359 1/1/2016
Mental Health First Aid Training Illinois Mental Health First Aid training program so that certified trainers can provide Illinois residents, professionals, and members of the public with training on how to identify mental health problems.  Public Act 98-0195 HB1538
8/7/2013
 Teachers and Mental Health Requires middle and high school teachers to be trained to identify mental illnesses.   Public Act 98-0471 HB3070
1/1/2014
Music Therapy
 Creates the Music Therapy Advisory Board Act that must report recommendations for the certification, training, curriculum and best practices of music therapists.
Public Act 99-0397
SB1359
 8/18/2015
 Mental Health Police Response
 Provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards shall create a standard curriculum for a certified training program in crisis intervention addressing specialized policing responses to people with mental illnesses.
 Public Act 99-0261
HB4112
1/1/2016
Clinical Psychologist Changes the definition of clinical psychologist.
 Public Act 98-0075 SB0062

 Insurance LCPCs aree a valid provider of mental health care that which insurance providers in Illinois must cover.
Public Act 96-0328 Sec. 370c
 
 Abuse and Neglect
 LPCs and LCPCs are reqiured to report a child they believe may be abused or neglected.
Public Act 98-0067
Sec. 4
 
 Threatening a Public Official Adds "human service provider" to the list of individuals included in the offense of "threatening a public official"
Public Act 98-529
SB1609
1/1/2014
Qualified Examiner
Adds LCPC to the list of qualified examiners.
Public Act 91-0536
Sec. 1-122

Ethics CEs
 Required for social workers and psychologists.
NOT required for counselors.
     
 Health Care Right of Conscience
 Declares that people and organizations hold different beliefs about whether certain health care services are morally acceptable and respects and protects the right of conscience of all persons.
 Public Act 99-0690
SB1564
7/29/2016
 ALL KIDS Update
Amends the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act. Changes the repeal date from July 1, 2016 to October 1, 2019.
Public Act  99-0518
HB5736
6/30/2016
 Child Bereavement Leave Act
Creates the Child Bereavement Leave Act and amends the State Finance Act. Provides that an employee may use specified amounts of bereavement leave to grieve the death of the employee's child, attend services, or make arrangements.
 Public Act 99-0703
 SB2613  07/29/2016
Illinois School Code 
Amends the School Code to allow for the employment of a School Social Worker and sets requirements for hiring.   HB826 HB826   8/25/2017
Sexual Harassment Training
Professions that have continuing education requirements, the required hours shall include at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training for license renewals. Public Act 100-0762
HB4953
1/1/2019
Community Health 
Loan Repayment Program from mental health professionals working in under served areas
 Public Act 100-0862
Public Act 100-0862
1/1/2019
Licensure through Endorsement
Attempts to streamline the “licensure through endorsement” process for out-of-state LCSWs, LMFTs, and LCPCs, by reducing the time in which IDFPR issues licenses to not more than 60 days after a completed application is received by the Department. Public Act 100-0766
 HB5110
1/1/2019
 Immigration Licensure
Provides that no person may be denied professional licensure for immigration status. Applicant may provide a Tax Identification Number in lieu of a SSN. Public Act 100-1078
SB3109
 1/1/2019
  Child Abuse Reports
Requires DCFS to keep all unfounded reports of child abuse/neglect for a minimum of five years (currently three). 
Public Act 100-0697 
 SB0293 1/1/2019
Visitation Clarification Clarifies situations where a grandparent, great- grandparent, sibling or step-parent can seek visitation.
Public Act 100-0706
SB2495
1/1/2019
Stalking  Provides that stalking behavior includes sending unwanted messages via social media. Expands who may bring a petition under the Act to include an authorized agent of: a workplace, a place of worship and a school.  Public Act 100-1000
 SB3411 1/1/2019
 Dual Credit Access
 Improves access to dual credit coursework for Illinois students. Requires community colleges to enter into a dual credit agreement if a high school district within their boundaries requests it, and other changes. Public Act 100-1049
SB2838 1/1/2019
 Dual Credits
Qualified students are allowed to enroll in an unlimited amount of dual credit courses and earn an unlimited amount of academic credits from dual credit courses provided the course is taught by an Illinois instructor.
Public Act 100-0792  SB2527 1/1/2019
Mental Health Awareness
Requires licensed school personnel and administrators who work with grades K-12 to be trained, once every two years, to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in youth and be taught appropriate intervention and referral techniques.
Public Act 100-0903  HB4658  1/1/2019
 Black History Course Requirement
 Requires every public institution of higher education and community colleges to offer a course studying the events of Black History. Public Act 100-0634 HB4346
1/1/2019
 Education Loan Pilot Program  Public institutions of higher education shall provide that student or their parent/guardian estimates of the total amount of education loans taken out by the student or parent/guardian, the potential total payoff amount of the incurred loans, and the monthly repayment amounts a borrower may incur for the amount of loans the student or parent/guardian has taken out. Public Act 100-0926
SB2559
 1/1/2019
 Firearms Restraining Order Allows family members or law enforcement to petition the court for an ex parte order alleging the respondent poses significant danger of causing personal injury to himself/herself or another by having in his/her custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing or receiving a firearm.
Public Act 100-0607
SB2354
 1/1/2019
 # Sessions with Minors Without Parental Consent
Expands minor sessions without parental consent to 8-90 minute sessions. Includes other provisions to continue service. 
Public Act
100-0614
HB1443
7/20/2018

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