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Founded in 1987, we use the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for people facing illness or disability.

In the last year, we've expanded our "legal care" for people with HIV to also stand up for individuals living with other chronic, disabling, and stigmatized health conditions. This includes mental illness, homelessness, and children and youth with special needs.

To reflect these changes, we are changing our name to Legal Council for Health Justice.

AIDS Legal Council will remain a strong foundational program of the agency, along with newly merged programs, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children and Homeless Outreach Project.

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"The longer the legislature takes, the more people will suffer, the bigger the deficit will grow."

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Rauner to Democrats: 'Time's up' in budget impasse

OAK LAWN — Gov. Bruce Rauner sought Wednesday to ramp up pressure on majority Democrats over Illinois' unprecedented budget stalemate.

We are so grateful to the Advocates Circle, our major gift society. You are truly the backbone of the Council.

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As public funds shrink, legal aid programs increasingly looking to private donations

As the amount of public money to New Hampshire legal aid programs shrinks, lawyers are increasingly looking towards local businesses

The more trauma-informed systems and providers can become, the better!

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How A Boston School Uses Design To Help Heal Students’ Trauma

Using "trauma-informed building design," the newly renovated Codman Academy Charter School uses architecture to help address students' social and emotional needs.

A little ray of hope! Catch us at 2:44 of the segment.

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Budget impasse continues to impact family services

The Illinois budget impasse continues to impact everyday people in the state. Through the Early Intervention Program, therapists help children from birth to 3-years-old with their development if a ...

It's mental health awareness week #IAmStigmaFree

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2015: #IAmStigmaFree

For the millions of persons living and coping with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia, the arrival of Mental Health Awareness Week this year, October 4-10, is no different than any other week: their ongoing battles, struggles and coping with their illness is t…

Follow us on Pinterest! We've got boards for health, things happening 'Around the Council', and much more! Click the link.

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Legal Council for Health Justice (legalcouncil)

Legal Council for Health Justice (formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago) advocates for people facing legal barriers due to illness or disability.

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John Oliver exposes the hypocrisy of politicians who blame shootings on the mentally ill

Stop blaming mental illness for shootings if you won't do anything about it.

Many 'super utilizers' have unmet legal needs keeping them from thriving.

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Reducing emergency room use by targeting 'super utilizers'

Matthew Hardy didn't know why he sometimes felt so sick, but the 28-year-old Park Heights resident felt bad enough that he would go to the emergency room, mostly at Sinai Hospital , often by ambulance.

Tick tick tick ... boom

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The Real-Life Impact of a Budget Impasse

Lawmakers in Illinois and Gov. Bruce Rauner were supposed to pass this year's budget by July 1, 2015. They're at an impasse, leaving millions of Illinois citizens stuck in the middle.

Erasing stigma!

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Patrick Kennedy's Movement Says Mental Illness Is A Medical Issue, Not A Moral Issue

Patrick Kennedy was featured in last night's 60 Minutes seeking to highlight the urgency of mental health issues drawing from his own experience. The youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy was supposed to be the heir apparent to a political dynasty. But after his father died, Patrick…

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Jesse White: Budget standoff may lead to security issues

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has warned of potential major problems at government facilities statewide related to the state budget standoff,

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Childhood Stress May Prime Pump For Chronic Disease Later

A British study that tracked the health of thousands from childhood through midlife finds early distress to be even more potent than adult stress in predicting later diabetes and heart disease.

Big ups to The Family Defense Center, featured here in The Nation

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Has Child Protective Services Gone Too Far?

On July 29, 2013, a Latina mother in Illinois named Natasha Felix sent her three sons, ages 11, 9, and 5, out to play with a visiting cousin, a young girl, in a fenced park right next to her apartment building.

$32 billion - $37 billion = why isn't Illinois talking revenue solutions? #twill

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Rauner end run to cut budget another flashpoint in impasse

Thwarted by lawmakers in his efforts to dramatically cut state spending, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has turned to a workaround, using an obscure rule-making process to repeatedly tighten eligibility requirements for numerous social service programs for children, the elderly and the disabled.

Legal Council for Health Justice formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago shared a link.

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House Calls To The Homeless: A Doctor Treats Boston's Most Isolated Patients

James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is Stories from the Shadows.

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