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Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission met July 25

By Corazon L. Gonzales | Oct 4, 2017

Meeting 04

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission met July 25.

Here is the minutes as provided by the commission:

Present: Tara Dunning, Janet Shelton, Abdush Shakoor, Javed Irshad and Maria Kenny.

Absent: Richard Dixon and James Bakunas

Staff: Jon Burnet, Coordinator

Guests:

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Human Rights Authority, Springfield Region was called

to order at 5:35 p.m. by the Springfield Region Chair Tara Dunning.

It was determined that a quorum was present and that business could be conducted. Tara read

the confidentiality statement.

Minutes: Janet moved to approve open and closed session minutes for June 27, 2017. Shakoor

seconded and the motion carried.

Communications:

Welcome to our newest member, Maria Kenny.

New Business

Ratifications for case acceptance:

18-050-9002 A group home resident’s guardian is not being notified of his nutrition intake and

bowel functions as requested by the guardian following a related illness and hospitalization. A

Springfield HRA member is an employee of the program and presents a potential conflict of

interest. Telephone polls were previously taken of every member except the aforementioned and

the case was transferred to the Peoria HRA. Jay moved to ratify the case transfer. Shakoor

seconded and the motion carried.

New complaints:

18-050-9001 A psychiatric patient was detained involuntarily in the hospital’s emergency

department for eleven days without a court-filed petition or legal representation. Jon visited the

patient and then with hospital administration and impressed their need to carry on with involving

the courts immediately. He followed up a few days later to find they had filed a petition, the

patient had an appointed public defender and was on her way to being transferred. The HRA

would like Jon and Jay to follow up on policy/procedures with the hospital during an upcoming

visit. Janet moved to table acceptance of the case pending an update. Jay seconded and the

motion carried.

18-050-9003 A group home resident is being threatened with an involuntary discharge allegedly

because his guardian and physician would not agree to hospitalize him following aggressive

behaviors. The guardian has not returned a release that must be on hand to conduct an

investigation. Janet moved to table acceptance of the case pending receipt of the release.

Shakoor seconded and the motion carried.

18-050-9004 A group home has issued a statement of house rules and guidelines to residents,

families and guardians that is over-restrictive in almost every area of living and potentially

violates least restrictive rights under the MH Code. Janet moved to open the case. Maria

seconded and the motion carried.

Unfinished Business

Pursuant to the Guardianship and Advocacy Act (20 ILCS 3955/21) and the Open Meetings Act

(5 ILCS 120/2), Shakoor moved to enter closed session at 6:12 p.m. Janet seconded and the

motion carried. The purpose of the closed session was for discussion on any case assignments,

case progress, draft reports, responses and case closures (17-050-9008, 9010, 9011, 9013 and

9014). The HRA returned to open session at 6:55 p.m., having taken no votes in the closed

session.

Reports for acceptance:

17-050-9008 (St. Johns Hospital) The HRA reviewed the report in closed session and were

satisfied with it as drafted. Janet moved to accept and issue the report. Jay seconded and the

motion carried.

17-050-9010 (Lincoln Prairie BHC) The HRA reviewed the report in closed session and agreed

to a change in the findings in violation of the MH Code. Jay motioned to accept and issue the

report with the change. Maria seconded and the motion carried.

Accept responses, close and publish:

There were no cases up for closure.

Other unfinished business, announcements and comments:

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26th.

Adjournment:

Janet moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:57 p.m. Shakoor seconded and the motion carried.

https://www.illinois.gov/sites/gac/Press/Documents/minutes/2017/spfld07252017minutes.pdf

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