• 31st Jan, 2019

    Registration now open
    SPRINGFIELD – Individuals looking to register for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) can now do so on-line through the Illinois Cannabis Tracking System at https://etk.icts.illinois.gov.  The OAPP, which is part of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP), was created through the Alternative to Opioids Act of 2018.  The OAPP allows access to medical cannabis for individuals who have or could receive a prescription for opioids as certified by a physician licensed in Illinois.
    The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program was designed to provide people with an option to manage their pain.  Opioids can be highly addictive in a very short period of time and this program offers qualifying...

  • 24th Jan, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2018 Fourth Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website.  The report contains additional information about the violations.
    The facilities listed below were cited with type “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act and processed between October-December 2018.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
    Admiral at the Lake, a 36-bed skilled care facility located at 933 West Foster Avenue in Chicago, was...

  • 15th Jan, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – Rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) that will increase the number of children identified with lead poisoning and trigger earlier intervention were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) today.  The rules lower the level at which public health interventions are initiated for children with blood lead levels from 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to 5 µg/dL, the same lead reference level used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “The new lower action level means more children will be identified as having lead poisoning, allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the child’s future exposure to lead,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Even low levels of lead in...