Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Provides that the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act will be repealed on January 1, 2028 (instead of January 1, 2023). Amends the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act. Defines "email address of record". Provides the definition of "clinical supervision" includes face-to-face video if the session is synchronous and involves verbal and visual interaction during supervision. Provides that licensees shall provide a valid email address to the Department and inform of any change of email address. Removes a provision that provides that nothing in the Act shall be construed to limit licensed professional counselors from providing social services that do not fall within the definition of professional counseling. Provides that no person shall, without a valid license, hold one's self out to the public as a professional counselor by using the credential "L.P.C.". Removes a provision that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may maintain names and addresses of all licenses and all persons whose licenses have been suspended, revoked, or denied renewal for cause within the previous calendar year. Provides that the Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board shall consist of 7 persons, one (instead of 2) of whom is licensed solely as a professional counselor and 4 (instead of 3) of whom are licensed solely as clinical professional counselors. Removes a provision that provides for an exception for an applicant who applied for licensure before a specified date where an approved baccalaureate program in human services approved by the Department and 5 years of supervised experience would count as a qualification for licensure. Provides that if the Department finds an individual unable to practice because of a substance-related violation, the Department may require that individual to submit to a substance abuse evaluation or treatment by programs approved by the Department as a condition, term, or restriction for continued, restored, or renewed licensure to practice. Makes other changes. Some provisions are effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Unified Code of Corrections and the County Jail Act. Provides that deputies, county correctional officers, and correctional officers of the Department of Corrections shall be deemed to be qualified law enforcement officers or, if retired, shall be deemed qualified retired or separated law enforcement officers in Illinois for purposes of coverage under the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 and shall have all rights and privileges granted by that Act if they are otherwise compliant with the applicable laws of this State governing the implementation and administration of the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 in the State of Illinois. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to make conforming changes.