Senator Laura Fine SPRINGFIELD – In order to mitigate increased health risks associated with adults who are unable to take care of themselves, State Senator Laura Fine advanced a measure that implements a procedure for developing a treatment plan suitable to the patient’s needs. 

“Although our state has made progress in advancing clinical care, we need to enhance procedures for protecting adults who may not be able to take care of themselves,” said Fine (D-Glenview). “This legislation streamlines essential care to patients who unfortunately do not have the ability to care for themselves by ensuring they receive timely access to recommended services.” 

Senate Bill 2799 creates a screening procedure for cases of self-neglect among adult patients under the Adult Protective Services intervention program. If a patient is found to be a substantial health threat to themselves due to self-neglect, a provider agency must develop a case plan within 10 days and with the consent of the adult. 

Self-neglect means a condition that substantially reduces an individual's ability to care for themselves due to a physical or mental impairment. This could include obtaining proper food, clothing or shelter or securing their general safety.

“Self-neglect is a type of case that needs the support of professional case workers with timely intervention,” said Fine. “It is my hope that this measure allows for improved accessibility to make certain patients be treated immediately and with dignity.” 

Senate Bill 2799 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and heads to the full Senate for consideration.