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Public Act 096-0376




Public Act 096-0376
HB0804 Enrolled LRB096 03644 RLJ 13672 b

    AN ACT concerning State government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Act on the Aging is amended by
adding Section 8.08 as follows:
    (20 ILCS 105/8.08 new)
    Sec. 8.08. Older direct care worker recognition. The
Department shall present one award annually to older direct
care workers in each of the following categories: Older
American Act Services, Home Health Services, Community Care
Program Services, Nursing Homes, and programs that provide
housing with services licensed or certified by the State. The
Department shall solicit nominations from associations
representing providers of the named services or settings and
trade associations representing applicable direct care
workers. Nominations shall be presented in a format designated
by the Department. Direct care workers honored with this award
must be 55 years of age or older and shall be recognized for
their dedication and commitment to improving the quality of
aging in Illinois above and beyond the confines of their job
description. Award recipients shall be honored before their
peers at the Governor's Conference on Aging or at a similar
venue, shall have their pictures displayed on the Department's
website with their permission, and shall receive a letter of
commendation from the Governor. The Department shall consult
with the Coordinating Committee of State Agencies Serving Older
Persons to determine which of the nominees shall be the
recipient in each category of service provision or setting. The
Department shall include the recipients of these awards in all
Senior Hall of Fame displays required by the Act on Aging.
Except as otherwise prohibited by law, the Department may
solicit private sector funding to underwrite the cost of all
awards and recognition materials and shall request that all
associations representing providers of the named services or
settings and trade associations applicable to direct care
workers publicize the awards and the award recipients in
communications with their members.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/13/2009