Illinois Helps Mentally Ill Patients Move as Part of Court Settlement

Recently, it was reported that Illinois will help thousands of people move out of mental institutions. The move is part of a settlement that resolves a 2005 complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asserting that Illinois violated the civil rights of 4,500 mentally ill individuals. The complaint claims that Illinois forced mentally ill people to institutions, and that their only other option was to be homeless. This practice of supporting institutions and underfunding other options of housing was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The State of Illinois now has five years to help people move into other types of residents such as apartments under court supervision.

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