(a) This Section shall apply to any person who is employed by the Department in the
Adult Protective Services division, or is contracted with the Department, and works
on the development or implementation of social services to respond to and prevent
adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
(b) The Department shall implement a dementia training program that must include instruction
on the identification of people with dementia, risks such as wandering, communication
impairments, and elder abuse, and the best practices for interacting with people with
(c) Training of at least 2 hours shall be completed at the start of employment with
the Adult Protective Services division. Persons who are employees of the Adult Protective Services division on the effective
date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly shall complete this training
within 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General
Assembly. The training shall cover the following subjects:
(1) Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
(2) Safety risks.
(3) Communication and behavior.
(d) Annual continuing education shall include at least 2 hours of dementia training
covering the subjects described in subsection (c).
(e) This Section is designed to address gaps in current dementia training requirements
for Adult Protective Services officials and improve the quality of training. If laws or rules existing on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd
General Assembly contain more rigorous training requirements for Adult Protective
Service officials, those laws or rules shall apply. Where there is overlap between this Section and other laws and rules, the Department
shall interpret this Section to avoid duplication of requirements while ensuring that
the minimum requirements set in this Section are met.
(f) The Department may adopt rules for the administration of this Section.
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