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65 ILCS 5/11-1.5-15

    (65 ILCS 5/11-1.5-15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2029)
    Sec. 11-1.5-15. Duties. The duties of the unit include, but are not limited to:
        (1) Serving as a resource to a department's community
to identify and coordinate the social services available to residents who are victims of criminal acts.
        (2) Networking with area social service agencies to
develop a community-mutual resource system and wrap-around services (a team-based, collaborative case management approach) for victims in need of social service assistance; and fostering relationships with community organizations not limited to area hospitals, school districts, juvenile justice system, and various community groups.
        (3) Employing social workers of the unit who shall:
            (A) Upon request, provide community presentations
on an array of social service topics.
            (B) Assist individuals in diversion from the
criminal justice system by addressing problems or concerns through therapeutic intervention.
            (C) Facilitate follow-up treatment or referral
to the appropriate community resource organization.
            (D) When requested, assist department employees
in securing services for those in need and provide educational information to help the employee better understand the circumstances or the community concern.
            (E) Meet with walk-ins requesting information or
            (F) Protect the interest, confidentiality, and
civil rights of the client.
            (G) Train social work interns who may be working
within the unit.
            (H) Be on-call after regular business hours, as
            (I) Inform clients, prior to providing services
under this Division, what communications are confidential pursuant to applicable provisions of State or federal law, rule, or regulation and what may be shared with the social worker's employer.
            (J) Consult on all cases as needed by the
            (K) Perform other functions as provided in
Section 11-1.5-20 or otherwise needed by a department.
        (4) Employing social workers who shall work with
victims of crimes as follows:
            (A) Review police reports to identify known
victims and contact them to offer direct and referred services.
            (B) Assist victims with filing police reports and
victim compensation forms.
            (C) Provide safety planning services to victims.
            (D) Provide crisis counseling services to victims
and their families.
            (E) Conduct home visits with victims in
conjunction with police backup, when needed.
            (F) Assist victims in obtaining orders of
protection. A social worker, in the performance of his or her duties under this subparagraph, is an advocate, as that term is defined in Section 112A-3 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963.
            (G) Facilitate court advocacy services for
victims, including arranging for transportation to and from court.
            (H) Maintain confidential case files which
include social history, diagnosis, formulation of treatment, and documentation of services.
            (I) Perform miscellaneous personal advocacy tasks
for victims, as needed.
            (J) Oversee activities to ensure those victims
with the most urgent needs are given the highest priority for services.
            (K) Provide status updates on the progress of a
victim's case.
        (5) Adhering to and understanding the applicable
policies, procedures, and orders of a department.
        (6) Attaining department-established unit goals.
        (7) Maintaining a positive relationship with
co-workers, as well as the investigators from area police departments and facilitating the exchange of information and resources pertaining to investigations that would not violate confidentiality as protected pursuant to applicable provisions of State or federal law, rule, or regulation.
        (8) Keeping informed on crime trends within the City.
        (9) Remaining obedient and responsive to all lawful
verbal and written orders issued by superiors.
        (10) Completing police reports and other required
        (11) Performing such other duties as may be required
by State law, city ordinance, and department policy or as may be assigned by a sworn supervisor.
(Source: P.A. 102-756, eff. 5-10-22.)