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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The State Fire Marshal Act is amended by adding
5Section 5 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 2905/5 new)
7    Sec. 5. Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator;
8certified youth firesetter interventionists.
9    (a) The Office of the State Fire Marshal shall create the
10position of Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
11within the Division of Arson and shall employ a person to serve
12in that position. An applicant to the position of Youth
13Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator must be a certified
14youth firesetter interventionist coordinator based on the
15standards set forth in Chapter 9 of the National Fire
16Protection Association's "Standard on Fire and Life Safety
17Education, Public Information Officer, Youth Firesetter
18Intervention Specialist and Youth Firesetting Program Manager
19Professional Qualifications" (NFPA 1035).
20    (b) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
21employed by the Office shall be compensated at a rate that is
22comparable to the rate of compensation for a State arson
23investigator and shall be provided benefits similar to those



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1of a State arson investigator. The Youth Firesetter
2Interventionist Coordinator shall also be provided similar
3means and resources as those supplied to a State arson
4investigator. The Office shall not modify any current position
5to meet these requirements. The position of the Youth
6Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator shall be created and
7filled anew, as set forth in this Section.
8    (c) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator shall
9have those responsibilities that are stipulated for a Youth
10Firesetter Program Manager in Chapter 9 of NFPA 1035. In
11addition to those requirements, the Youth Firesetter
12Interventionist Coordinator shall have the following
14        (1) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
15    shall ensure that a certified youth firesetter
16    interventionist employed within the Office, or a volunteer
17    certified youth firesetter interventionist, physically
18    sees a child whose case was referred to the coordinator
19    within 72 hours of the referral. If no certified youth
20    firesetter interventionist is available, then the Youth
21    Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator must take the case
22    and ensure the child is seen within 72 hours. The 72-hour
23    requirement begins and continues from the time the Youth
24    Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator is referred the
25    case, including any weekend days or national and State
26    holidays.



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1        (2) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
2    shall process Freedom of Information Act requests.
3        (3) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
4    shall create a report, to be submitted to the General
5    Assembly, that reports on the data collected in accordance
6    with NFPA 1035. The report shall be semiannual for the
7    first 2 years, and the first report shall be submitted to
8    the General Assembly by December 30, 2023. After the first
9    2 years of semiannual reporting, the report shall be
10    submitted annually.
11    (d) A volunteer certified youth firesetter interventionist
12may receive a $250 stipend for a case only if the volunteer
13certified youth firesetter interventionist is not otherwise
14compensated by another employer or entity for that case. A
15volunteer certified youth firesetter interventionist shall
16receive mileage reimbursement for any necessary travel.
17    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
18becoming law.