SPRINGFIELD, IL – Adults with disabilities who receive home-care are closer to having new safeguards against personal abuse and financial exploitation. The Senate passed the Adult Protective Services Act, House Bill 948, with bipartisan support Thursday.
“This gives an often marginalized, at-risk population new defenses against abuse and exploitation,” State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), the proposal’s sponsor said. “We have an obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
The act integrates the current domestic care investigative program and the program for long-term care facilities under the Department on Aging. This consolidation removes separations between the agencies and streamlines future investigations.
This legislation also creates a 24 hour-a-day hotline, allowing people to report cases of abuse and trigger investigations.
Under this proposal, any caregivers who have abused, neglected or financially exploited a patient will be disclosed on the centralized caregiver registry.
The Adult Protective Services Act passed the House in April—sponsored by Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago)—and returns for a vote of concurrence.