Created in 1979, the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. A board of eleven Commissioners, who serve without compensation, govern the agency. The Commission is an executive state agency created to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities. By providing legal representation, investigating complaints of rights violations and providing state guardianship for Illinois' population with disabilities, the Commission has given voice to those who have previously gone unheard.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE OR INFORMATION FROM ANY OF OUR PROGRAM DIVISONS, PLEASE CALL THE NUMBERS BELOW
STATEWIDE GENERAL INFO: 1-866-274-8023
INFO For Out-of-State Callers: 1-708-338-7500
STATEWIDE TTY: 1-866-333-3362
Three program Divisions in nine regions throughout the State carry out the responsibilities of the Commission:
Office of State Guardian (OSG) : Appointed by the courts as a guardian of last resort, the OSG provides case services and money management to more than 5,400 persons with disabilities.
Legal Advocacy Service (LAS) : LAS represents persons with disabilities at commitment hearings and makes counsel available to enforce the rights of those with disabilities under the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code and other related laws.
Human Rights Authority (HRA) : With the assistance of a team of volunteers, the HRA conducts investigations of alleged rights violations by providers against people with disabilities. Additionally, this program area works closely with providers to help resolve rights issues
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Executive Management Team
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(Frequently asked questions about guardianship)
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(Illinois Laws Pertaining to Guardianship, Mental Health and Surrogate Decision Making)
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Legal Forms You Can Use
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Important Advance Directives
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