Advocating For Those Who Cannot Advocate for Themselves

The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission’s (IGAC) Human Rights Authority (HRA) is effectively championing the rights of at-risk individuals with disabilities throughout Illinois. 

  • When it was discovered VA hospitals were inappropriately using forced medications and military citations for veterans with mental health needs, they worked to end such practices and has instituted an agreement that there will be veteran access to IGAC services.
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  • In the situation of an apartment complex for persons with mental illness not following the grievance process for resident conflicts over visitation rights, IGAC/HRA advocated for the individual leading to revised grievance policies and retraining of staff.
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  • When a hospital failed to follow the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code for emergency medication, discharge requests and telephone communication, IGAC/HRA worked with the hospital staff to train them on the regulations.
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  • After a school district failed to comply with the transportation needs of a student with disabilities and upon an investigation, IGAC/HRA negotiated the appropriate action plan for the student’s continued transportation and educational requirements.
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  • A child with disabilities was abruptly and unexpectedly discharged from a day care. IGAC/HRA facilitated the investigation and resolution ensuring the day care fulfilled its mandates for providing care to children with disabilities, including providing accommodations when needed.
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  • IGAC/HRA effectively advocated for a patient involuntarily admitted to a hospital psychiatric unit who was not provided copies of the petition and certificates leading to his admission as required by the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Hospital staff were retrained on this vital requirement.
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  • IGAC/HRA determined one hospital behavioral health unit was not adequately monitoring procedures for patients during off-site visits and additional deficiencies with mold in patient bathrooms. This hospital not only thoroughly cleaned the bathrooms of mold, but revised the policies for transporting patients from the behavior health unit.