State Senator Laura FineSPRINGFIELD – Family members will be able to provide greater support for loved ones receiving treatment in mental health facilities under legislation sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview), which was signed into law Friday. Doctors will be able to provide information to patients’ family members to help them continue care upon release.

“Information is power when it comes to helping loved ones take care of their mental health,” Senator Fine said. “Family members who are involved in every step of the treatment process should receive information from mental health facilities in order to help their relative continue on a path forward with their mental health care.”

Senator Fine’s Access to Basic Mental Health Information Act will give certain family members access to information about their loved one’s care, including whether the individual is located at the mental health facility, their current physical and mental condition, diagnosis, treatment needs, services provided, services and medication needed, discharge planning or continuity of care, and a physician’s report if clinically appropriate.

The parent, adult sibling, adult child, spouse or adult grandchild of the individual in care will be able to request information from the mental health facility if they meet certain criteria.

"I'm proud that Illinois has redefined what infertility means to insurance companies, sending a message to families across Illinois that they're supported in their journey to start or grow their family,” said State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-Glenview), who sponsored the bill in the House. “Because of this legislation, LGBTQ couples, single women, and others won't have to face an added cost to welcome a child into their home, and I'm thrilled to see it signed into law today."

Public Act 102-0372 was signed into law Friday and will take effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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Springfield Office:
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Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2119

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Glenview, IL 60025
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