fine 070224SPRINGFIELD – A new law sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine will put protections in place to ensure the welfare of adults who are unable to care for themselves. 

“In the event an adult is facing difficulties with self-care, it is vital for them to be connected to appropriate services,” said Fine (D-Glenview). “Adult patients experiencing cases of self-neglect will now have the assistance they need in order to maintain their physical health and safety.”

This law establishes 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 may include obtaining proper food, clothing or shelter or securing their general safety.

“Creating a procedure for neglected adults enables efficient and appropriate action to get them connected with the care they need,” said Fine. “It is unacceptable to leave any person without access to proper care, and this law ensures our most vulnerable residents are supported.”

Senate Bill 2799 was signed into law Monday and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2025.