Bill Text: IL HB2766 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Chaptered


Bill Title: Creates the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. Provides that emergency services personnel and public safety personnel may refer any person to an employee assistance program or peer support counselor within the emergency services provider or law enforcement agency, or if those services are not available within the agency, to another employee assistance program or peer support counseling program that is available. Provides that any communication made by a participant or counselor in a peer support counseling session conducted by a law enforcement agency or by an emergency services provider for public safety personnel or emergency services personnel and any oral or written information conveyed in the peer support counseling session is confidential and may not be disclosed by any person participating in the peer support counseling session. Provides that any oral communication or written information made or conveyed by a participant or counselor in a peer support session, including an employee assistance program, is not admissible in any judicial proceeding, arbitration proceeding, or other adjudicatory proceeding. Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, Illinois Police Training Act, and the Illinois Fire Protection Training Act to require training programs for police and fire fighters to recognize signs of work-related cumulative stress and other related issues that may lead to suicide and offer appropriate solutions for intervention. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 20-2)

Status: (Passed) 2019-08-16 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0375 [HB2766 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-HB2766-Chaptered.html



Public Act 101-0375
HB2766 EnrolledLRB101 09370 SLF 54468 b
AN ACT concerning first responders.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the First
Responders Suicide Prevention Act.
Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
"Emergency services provider" means any public employer
that employs persons to provide firefighting services.
"Emergency services personnel" means any employee of an
emergency services provider who is engaged in providing
firefighting services.
"Law enforcement agency" means any county sheriff,
municipal police department, police department established by
a university, the Department of State Police, the Department of
Corrections, the Department of Children and Family Services,
the Division of Probation Services of the Supreme Court, the
Office of the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator, and other local or
county agency comprised of county probation officers,
corrections employees, or 9-1-1 telecommunicators or emergency
medical dispatchers.
"Peer support advisor" means an employee, approved by the
law enforcement agency or the emergency provider, who
voluntarily provides confidential support and assistance to
fellow employees experiencing personal or professional
problems. An emergency services provider or law enforcement
agency shall provide peer support advisors with an appropriate
level of training in counseling to provide emotional and moral
support.
"Peer support counseling program" means a program
established by an emergency services provider, a law
enforcement agency, or collective bargaining organization to
train employees to serve as peer support advisors to conduct
peer support counseling sessions.
"Peer support counseling session" means communication with
a peer support advisor designated by an emergency services
provider or law enforcement agency. A peer support counseling
session is accomplished primarily through listening,
assessing, assisting with problem-solving, making referrals to
a professional when necessary and conducting follow-up as
needed.
"Public safety personnel" means any employee of a law
enforcement agency.
Section 10. Establishment of peer support program;
applicability. Any emergency services provider, law
enforcement agency, or collective bargaining organization that
creates a peer support program is subject to this Act. An
emergency services provider, law enforcement agency, or
collective bargaining organization shall ensure that peer
support advisors receive appropriate training in counseling to
conduct peer support counseling sessions. Emergency services
personnel and public safety personnel may refer any person to a
peer support advisor within the emergency services provider or
law enforcement agency, or if those services are not available
within the agency, to another peer support counseling program
that is available and approved by the emergency services
provider or law enforcement agency. Notwithstanding any other
provision of this Act, public safety personnel may not mandate
that any employee participate in a peer support counseling
program.
Section 20. Confidentiality; exemptions.
(a) Any communication made by an employee of an emergency
services provider or law enforcement agency or peer support
advisor in a peer support counseling session and any oral or
written information conveyed in the peer support counseling
session is confidential and may not be disclosed by any person
participating in the peer support counseling session and shall
not be released to any person or entity.
(b) Any communication relating to a peer support counseling
session made confidential under this Section that is made
between peer support advisors and the supervisors or staff of a
peer support counseling program, or between the supervisor or
staff of a peer support counseling program, is confidential and
may not be disclosed.
(c) This Section does not prohibit any communications
between counselors who conduct peer support counseling
sessions or any communications between counselors and the
supervisors or staff of a peer support counseling program.
(c-5) Any communication described in subsection (a) or (b)
is subject to subpoena for good cause shown.
(d) This Section does not apply to:
(1) any threat of suicide or homicide made by a
participant in a peer support counseling session or any
information conveyed in a peer support counseling session
related to a threat of suicide or homicide;
(2) any information mandated by law or agency policy to
be reported, including, but not limited to, domestic
violence, child abuse or neglect, or elder abuse or
neglect;
(3) any admission of criminal conduct; or
(4) an admission or act of refusal to perform duties to
protect others or the employee of the emergency services
provider or law enforcement agency.
(e) All communications, notes, records, and reports
arising out of a peer support counseling session are not
subject to disclosure under Section 7.5 of the Freedom of
Information Act.
(e-5) A department that establishes a peer support
counseling program shall develop a policy or rule that imposes
disciplinary measures against a peer support advisor who
violates the confidentiality of the peer support counseling
program by sharing information learned in a peer support
counseling session with department personnel who are not
supervisors or staff of the peer support counseling program,
unless the information is related to the exemptions in
subsection (d).
(f) A cause of action exists for public safety personnel or
emergency services personnel if the emergency services
provider or law enforcement agency uses confidential
information obtained during a confidential peer support
counseling session conducted by a law enforcement agency or by
an emergency services provider for an adverse employment action
against the participant.
Section 25. Judicial proceedings. Any oral communication
or written information made or conveyed by a participant or
peer support advisor in a peer support counseling session is
not admissible in any judicial proceeding, arbitration
proceeding, or other adjudicatory proceeding, except to the
extent necessary to enforce subsection (f) of Section 20.
Section 30. First Responders Suicide Task Force.
(a) The First Responders Suicide Task Force is created to
pursue recommendations to help reduce the risk and rates of
suicide among first responders, along with developing a
mechanism to help reduce the risk and rates of suicide among
first responders. The Task Force shall be composed of the
following members:
(1) the Director of State Police or his or her
designee;
(2)the Director of Public Health or his or her
designee;
(3) 2 members of the House of Representatives appointed
by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom
shall serve as co-chair;
(4) 2 members of the House of Representatives appointed
by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives;
(5) 2 members of the Senate appointed by the President
of the Senate, one of whom shall serve as co-chair;
(6) 2 members of the Senate appointed by the Minority
Leader of the Senate;
(7) 2 members who represent 2 different mental health
organizations, one appointed by the Minority Leader of the
House of Representatives and one appointed by the Minority
Leader of the Senate;
(8) one member who represents an organization that
advocates on behalf of police appointed by the Speaker of
the House of Representatives;
(9) one member who represents the Chicago Police
Department appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
Representatives;
(10) 2 members who represent organizations that
advocate on behalf of firefighters appointed by the
President of the Senate;
(11) one member who represents the Chicago Fire
Department appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;
and
(12) one member who represents an organization that
advocates on behalf of sheriffs in the State of Illinois
appointed by the President of the Senate.
(b) Members of the Task Force shall be appointed within 30
days after the effective date of this Act and shall serve
without compensation. The Task Force shall begin meeting no
later than 30 days after all members have been appointed. The
Department of State Police shall provide administrative
support for the Task Force, and if the subject matter is either
sensitive or classified, the Task Force may hold its hearings
in private.
(c) The Task Force shall issue a final report to the
General Assembly on or December 31, 2020 and, one year after
the filing of its report, is dissolved.
Section 35. Other provisions of law. Nothing in this Act
limits or reduces any confidentiality protections or legal
privileges that are otherwise provided by law or rule,
including, but not limited to, local ordinance, State or
federal law, or court rule. Any confidentiality provision
enacted by local ordinance on or after the effective date of
this Act may not diminish the protections enumerated in this
Act.
Section 105. The Freedom of Information Act is amended by
changing Section 7.5 as follows:
(5 ILCS 140/7.5)
Sec. 7.5. Statutory exemptions. To the extent provided for
by the statutes referenced below, the following shall be exempt
from inspection and copying:
(a) All information determined to be confidential
under Section 4002 of the Technology Advancement and
Development Act.
(b) Library circulation and order records identifying
library users with specific materials under the Library
Records Confidentiality Act.
(c) Applications, related documents, and medical
records received by the Experimental Organ Transplantation
Procedures Board and any and all documents or other records
prepared by the Experimental Organ Transplantation
Procedures Board or its staff relating to applications it
has received.
(d) Information and records held by the Department of
Public Health and its authorized representatives relating
to known or suspected cases of sexually transmissible
disease or any information the disclosure of which is
restricted under the Illinois Sexually Transmissible
Disease Control Act.
(e) Information the disclosure of which is exempted
under Section 30 of the Radon Industry Licensing Act.
(f) Firm performance evaluations under Section 55 of
the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying
Qualifications Based Selection Act.
(g) Information the disclosure of which is restricted
and exempted under Section 50 of the Illinois Prepaid
Tuition Act.
(h) Information the disclosure of which is exempted
under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, and
records of any lawfully created State or local inspector
general's office that would be exempt if created or
obtained by an Executive Inspector General's office under
that Act.
(i) Information contained in a local emergency energy
plan submitted to a municipality in accordance with a local
emergency energy plan ordinance that is adopted under
Section 11-21.5-5 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
(j) Information and data concerning the distribution
of surcharge moneys collected and remitted by carriers
under the Emergency Telephone System Act.
(k) Law enforcement officer identification information
or driver identification information compiled by a law
enforcement agency or the Department of Transportation
under Section 11-212 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
(l) Records and information provided to a residential
health care facility resident sexual assault and death
review team or the Executive Council under the Abuse
Prevention Review Team Act.
(m) Information provided to the predatory lending
database created pursuant to Article 3 of the Residential
Real Property Disclosure Act, except to the extent
authorized under that Article.
(n) Defense budgets and petitions for certification of
compensation and expenses for court appointed trial
counsel as provided under Sections 10 and 15 of the Capital
Crimes Litigation Act. This subsection (n) shall apply
until the conclusion of the trial of the case, even if the
prosecution chooses not to pursue the death penalty prior
to trial or sentencing.
(o) Information that is prohibited from being
disclosed under Section 4 of the Illinois Health and
Hazardous Substances Registry Act.
(p) Security portions of system safety program plans,
investigation reports, surveys, schedules, lists, data, or
information compiled, collected, or prepared by or for the
Regional Transportation Authority under Section 2.11 of
the Regional Transportation Authority Act or the St. Clair
County Transit District under the Bi-State Transit Safety
Act.
(q) Information prohibited from being disclosed by the
Personnel Record Records Review Act.
(r) Information prohibited from being disclosed by the
Illinois School Student Records Act.
(s) Information the disclosure of which is restricted
under Section 5-108 of the Public Utilities Act.
(t) All identified or deidentified health information
in the form of health data or medical records contained in,
stored in, submitted to, transferred by, or released from
the Illinois Health Information Exchange, and identified
or deidentified health information in the form of health
data and medical records of the Illinois Health Information
Exchange in the possession of the Illinois Health
Information Exchange Authority due to its administration
of the Illinois Health Information Exchange. The terms
"identified" and "deidentified" shall be given the same
meaning as in the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191, or any
subsequent amendments thereto, and any regulations
promulgated thereunder.
(u) Records and information provided to an independent
team of experts under the Developmental Disability and
Mental Health Safety Act (also known as Brian's Law).
(v) Names and information of people who have applied
for or received Firearm Owner's Identification Cards under
the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act or applied for
or received a concealed carry license under the Firearm
Concealed Carry Act, unless otherwise authorized by the
Firearm Concealed Carry Act; and databases under the
Firearm Concealed Carry Act, records of the Concealed Carry
Licensing Review Board under the Firearm Concealed Carry
Act, and law enforcement agency objections under the
Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
(w) Personally identifiable information which is
exempted from disclosure under subsection (g) of Section
19.1 of the Toll Highway Act.
(x) Information which is exempted from disclosure
under Section 5-1014.3 of the Counties Code or Section
8-11-21 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
(y) Confidential information under the Adult
Protective Services Act and its predecessor enabling
statute, the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, including
information about the identity and administrative finding
against any caregiver of a verified and substantiated
decision of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of an
eligible adult maintained in the Registry established
under Section 7.5 of the Adult Protective Services Act.
(z) Records and information provided to a fatality
review team or the Illinois Fatality Review Team Advisory
Council under Section 15 of the Adult Protective Services
Act.
(aa) Information which is exempted from disclosure
under Section 2.37 of the Wildlife Code.
(bb) Information which is or was prohibited from
disclosure by the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
(cc) Recordings made under the Law Enforcement
Officer-Worn Body Camera Act, except to the extent
authorized under that Act.
(dd) Information that is prohibited from being
disclosed under Section 45 of the Condominium and Common
Interest Community Ombudsperson Act.
(ee) Information that is exempted from disclosure
under Section 30.1 of the Pharmacy Practice Act.
(ff) Information that is exempted from disclosure
under the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
(gg) Information that is prohibited from being
disclosed under Section 7-603.5 of the Illinois Vehicle
Code.
(hh) Records that are exempt from disclosure under
Section 1A-16.7 of the Election Code.
(ii) Information which is exempted from disclosure
under Section 2505-800 of the Department of Revenue Law of
the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(jj) Information and reports that are required to be
submitted to the Department of Labor by registering day and
temporary labor service agencies but are exempt from
disclosure under subsection (a-1) of Section 45 of the Day
and Temporary Labor Services Act.
(kk) Information prohibited from disclosure under the
Seizure and Forfeiture Reporting Act.
(ll) Information the disclosure of which is restricted
and exempted under Section 5-30.8 of the Illinois Public
Aid Code.
(mm) (ll) Records that are exempt from disclosure under
Section 4.2 of the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
(nn) (ll) Information that is exempt from disclosure
under Section 70 of the Higher Education Student Assistance
Act.
(oo) Communications, notes, records, and reports
arising out of a peer support counseling session prohibited
from disclosure under the First Responders Suicide
Prevention Act.
(pp) Names and all identifying information relating to
an employee of an emergency services provider or law
enforcement agency under the First Responders Suicide
Prevention Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 99-298, eff. 8-6-15; 99-352,
eff. 1-1-16; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 99-776, eff. 8-12-16;
99-863, eff. 8-19-16; 100-20, eff. 7-1-17; 100-22, eff. 1-1-18;
100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 100-373, eff. 1-1-18; 100-464, eff.
8-28-17; 100-465, eff. 8-31-17; 100-512, eff. 7-1-18; 100-517,
eff. 6-1-18; 100-646, eff. 7-27-18; 100-690, eff. 1-1-19;
100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 100-887, eff. 8-14-18; revised
10-12-18.)
Section 110. The Department of State Police Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is amended by adding
Section 2605-610 as follows:
(20 ILCS 2605/2605-610 new)
Sec. 2605-610. Possession of a Firearm Owner's
Identification Card. The Department shall not make possession
of a Firearm Owner's Identification Card a condition of
continued employment if the State Police officer's Firearm
Owner's Identification Card is revoked or seized because the
State Police officer has been a patient of a mental health
facility and the State Police officer has not been determined
to pose a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or
others as determined by a physician, clinical psychologist, or
qualified examiner. Nothing is this Section shall otherwise
impair an employer's ability to determine a State Police
officer's fitness for duty. A collective bargaining agreement
already in effect on this issue on the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly cannot be
modified, but on or after the effective date of this amendatory
Act of the 101st General Assembly, the employer cannot require
a Firearm Owner's Identification Card as a condition of
continued employment in a collective bargaining agreement. The
employer shall document if and why a State Police officer has
been determined to pose a clear and present danger.
Section 115. The Illinois Police Training Act is amended by
changing Section 7 as follows:
(50 ILCS 705/7) (from Ch. 85, par. 507)
Sec. 7. Rules and standards for schools. The Board shall
adopt rules and minimum standards for such schools which shall
include, but not be limited to, the following:
a. The curriculum for probationary police officers
which shall be offered by all certified schools shall
include, but not be limited to, courses of procedural
justice, arrest and use and control tactics, search and
seizure, including temporary questioning, civil rights,
human rights, human relations, cultural competency,
including implicit bias and racial and ethnic sensitivity,
criminal law, law of criminal procedure, constitutional
and proper use of law enforcement authority, vehicle and
traffic law including uniform and non-discriminatory
enforcement of the Illinois Vehicle Code, traffic control
and accident investigation, techniques of obtaining
physical evidence, court testimonies, statements, reports,
firearms training, training in the use of electronic
control devices, including the psychological and
physiological effects of the use of those devices on
humans, first-aid (including cardiopulmonary
resuscitation), training in the administration of opioid
antagonists as defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (e)
of Section 5-23 of the Substance Use Disorder Act, handling
of juvenile offenders, recognition of mental conditions
and crises, including, but not limited to, the disease of
addiction, which require immediate assistance and response
and methods to safeguard and provide assistance to a person
in need of mental treatment, recognition of abuse, neglect,
financial exploitation, and self-neglect of adults with
disabilities and older adults, as defined in Section 2 of
the Adult Protective Services Act, crimes against the
elderly, law of evidence, the hazards of high-speed police
vehicle chases with an emphasis on alternatives to the
high-speed chase, and physical training. The curriculum
shall include specific training in techniques for
immediate response to and investigation of cases of
domestic violence and of sexual assault of adults and
children, including cultural perceptions and common myths
of sexual assault and sexual abuse as well as interview
techniques that are age sensitive and are trauma informed,
victim centered, and victim sensitive. The curriculum
shall include training in techniques designed to promote
effective communication at the initial contact with crime
victims and ways to comprehensively explain to victims and
witnesses their rights under the Rights of Crime Victims
and Witnesses Act and the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
The curriculum shall also include training in effective
recognition of and responses to stress, trauma, and
post-traumatic stress experienced by police officers that
is consistent with Section 25 of the Illinois Mental Health
First Aid Training Act in a peer setting. The curriculum
shall also include a block of instruction aimed at
identifying and interacting with persons with autism and
other developmental or physical disabilities, reducing
barriers to reporting crimes against persons with autism,
and addressing the unique challenges presented by cases
involving victims or witnesses with autism and other
developmental disabilities. The curriculum for permanent
police officers shall include, but not be limited to: (1)
refresher and in-service training in any of the courses
listed above in this subparagraph, (2) advanced courses in
any of the subjects listed above in this subparagraph, (3)
training for supervisory personnel, and (4) specialized
training in subjects and fields to be selected by the
board. The training in the use of electronic control
devices shall be conducted for probationary police
officers, including University police officers.
b. Minimum courses of study, attendance requirements
and equipment requirements.
c. Minimum requirements for instructors.
d. Minimum basic training requirements, which a
probationary police officer must satisfactorily complete
before being eligible for permanent employment as a local
law enforcement officer for a participating local
governmental agency. Those requirements shall include
training in first aid (including cardiopulmonary
resuscitation).
e. Minimum basic training requirements, which a
probationary county corrections officer must
satisfactorily complete before being eligible for
permanent employment as a county corrections officer for a
participating local governmental agency.
f. Minimum basic training requirements which a
probationary court security officer must satisfactorily
complete before being eligible for permanent employment as
a court security officer for a participating local
governmental agency. The Board shall establish those
training requirements which it considers appropriate for
court security officers and shall certify schools to
conduct that training.
A person hired to serve as a court security officer
must obtain from the Board a certificate (i) attesting to
his or her successful completion of the training course;
(ii) attesting to his or her satisfactory completion of a
training program of similar content and number of hours
that has been found acceptable by the Board under the
provisions of this Act; or (iii) attesting to the Board's
determination that the training course is unnecessary
because of the person's extensive prior law enforcement
experience.
Individuals who currently serve as court security
officers shall be deemed qualified to continue to serve in
that capacity so long as they are certified as provided by
this Act within 24 months of June 1, 1997 (the effective
date of Public Act 89-685). Failure to be so certified,
absent a waiver from the Board, shall cause the officer to
forfeit his or her position.
All individuals hired as court security officers on or
after June 1, 1997 (the effective date of Public Act
89-685) shall be certified within 12 months of the date of
their hire, unless a waiver has been obtained by the Board,
or they shall forfeit their positions.
The Sheriff's Merit Commission, if one exists, or the
Sheriff's Office if there is no Sheriff's Merit Commission,
shall maintain a list of all individuals who have filed
applications to become court security officers and who meet
the eligibility requirements established under this Act.
Either the Sheriff's Merit Commission, or the Sheriff's
Office if no Sheriff's Merit Commission exists, shall
establish a schedule of reasonable intervals for
verification of the applicants' qualifications under this
Act and as established by the Board.
g. Minimum in-service training requirements, which a
police officer must satisfactorily complete every 3 years.
Those requirements shall include constitutional and proper
use of law enforcement authority, procedural justice,
civil rights, human rights, mental health awareness and
response, and cultural competency.
h. Minimum in-service training requirements, which a
police officer must satisfactorily complete at least
annually. Those requirements shall include law updates and
use of force training which shall include scenario based
training, or similar training approved by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 99-352, eff. 1-1-16; 99-480, eff. 9-9-15; 99-642,
eff. 7-28-16; 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; 100-121, eff. 1-1-18;
100-247, eff. 1-1-18; 100-759, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff.
8-14-18; 100-910, eff. 1-1-19; revised 9-28-19.)
Section 117. The Uniform Peace Officers' Disciplinary Act
is amended by changing Section 7.2 as follows:
(50 ILCS 725/7.2)
Sec. 7.2. Possession of a Firearm Owner's Identification
Card. An employer of an officer shall not make possession of a
Firearm Owner's Identification Card a condition of continued
employment if the officer's Firearm Owner's Identification
Card is revoked or seized because the officer has been a
patient of a mental health facility and the officer has not
been determined to pose a clear and present danger to himself,
herself, or others as determined by a physician, clinical
psychologist, or qualified examiner. Nothing is this Section
shall otherwise impair an employer's ability to determine an
officer's fitness for duty. On and after the effective date of
this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, Section 6 of
this Act shall not apply to the prohibition requiring a Firearm
Owner's Identification Card as a condition of continued
employment, but a collective bargaining agreement already in
effect on that issue on the effective date of this amendatory
Act of the 100th General Assembly cannot be modified. The
employer shall document if and why an officer has been
determined to pose a clear and present danger.
(Source: P.A. 100-911, eff. 8-17-18.)
Section 120. The Illinois Fire Protection Training Act is
amended by changing Section 8 as follows:
(50 ILCS 740/8) (from Ch. 85, par. 538)
Sec. 8. Rules and minimum standards for schools. The Office
shall adopt rules and minimum standards for such schools which
shall include but not be limited to the following:
a. Minimum courses of study, resources, facilities,
apparatus, equipment, reference material, established
records and procedures as determined by the Office.
b. Minimum requirements for instructors.
c. Minimum basic training requirements, which a
trainee must satisfactorily complete before being eligible
for permanent employment as a firefighter fire fighter in
the fire department of a participating local governmental
agency. Those requirements shall include training in first
aid (including cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and training
in the administration of opioid antagonists as defined in
paragraph (1) of subsection (e) of Section 5-23 of the
Substance Use Disorder Act.
d. Training in effective recognition of and responses
to stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress experienced
by firefighters that is consistent with Section 25 of the
Illinois Mental Health First Aid Training Act in a peer
setting.
(Source: P.A. 99-480, eff. 9-9-15; 100-759, eff. 1-1-19.)
Section 130. The Counties Code is amended by adding Section
3-6012.2 as follows:
(55 ILCS 5/3-6012.2 new)
Sec. 3-6012.2. Mental health specialists; sheriff's
offices. Sheriff's offices shall ensure that mental health
resources, including counselors or therapists, are available
to each sheriff's office's employees, whether through direct
employment by that office, contract employment, or other means.
Section 135. The Illinois Municipal Code is amended by
adding Sections 11-1-14 and 11-6-11 as follows:
(65 ILCS 5/11-1-14 new)
Sec. 11-1-14. Mental health specialists; police. The
corporate authorities of each municipality which has
established a police department shall ensure that mental health
resources, including counselors or therapists, are available
to that police department's employees, whether through direct
employment by that department, contract employment, or other
means.
(65 ILCS 5/11-6-11 new)
Sec. 11-6-11. Mental health specialists; fire. The
corporate authorities of each municipality which has
established firefighting services shall ensure that mental
health resources, including counselors or therapists, are
available to that fire department's employees, whether through
direct employment by that department, contract employment, or
other means.
Section 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.
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