fineSPRINGFIELD – Legislation to protect the health and safety of adults who are unable take care of themselves, sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine, passed the Senate Wednesday.

“Individuals facing unfortunate circumstances that prevent them from looking after their personal health should have immediate access to the health care assistance they need,” said Fine (D-Glenview). “Connecting them to services and a care plan in a timely manner is essential to prevent self-neglect in the future.”

Senate Bill 2799 creates a screening procedure for cases of self-neglect among adult patients under the Adult Protective Services intervention program. If a patient is found to be a substantial health threat to themselves due to self-neglect, a provider agency must develop a case plan within 10 days and with the consent of the adult. 

Self-neglect means a condition that substantially reduces an individual's ability to care for themselves due to a physical or mental impairment. This could include obtaining proper food, clothing or shelter or securing their general safety.

“This legislation will ensure at-risk adults are connected to and receive the vital services to maintain their physical health and safety,” said Fine. “Implementing a streamlined procedure for neglected adult cases is a responsible way to prioritize their needs.”

The measure passed the Senate Wednesday and now heads to the House for further consideration.