The ACLU of Illinois believes that persons in government institutions or for whom the government is responsible deserve a fair and constitutionally appropriate level of care. We work to ensure that the State of Illinois meets this standard when providing health care, mental health services, home care services for disabled people and protection for children in the child welfare system. Our advocacy efforts in this field are varied, from winning the end of solitary confinement for those in the Department of Juvenile Justice, to working on moving individuals with disabilities out of institutions and into community based homes. These are long term efforts that require expertise and persistence.

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