The Legal Advocacy Service (LAS) was created so that eligible children
and adults, who have a disability, could obtain legal advice and representation
to protect and enforce their rights guaranteed by Illinois' mental health
LAS attorneys provide needed assistance to persons with disabilities
in a variety of settings: mental health facilities, residential programs,
community placements, and nursing homes. Issues addressed include, but
are not limited to: admission and discharge from hospitalization, adequate
treatment, refusal of unwanted services, and confidentiality of mental
Assistance takes the form of information, referral, and legal representation
in court hearings and administrative proceedings.
Examples of the work we do and the services we provide.
Legal Advocacy Service has seven regional offices throughout the
State. If you need more information, please contact Central Intake
a the Commission's toll free number: 1-866-274-8023 (If
outside the State of Illinois please dial 1-708-338-7500).
Mental Health Decisions Outline
A reference resource of past court decisions relating to mental health
A Call for Volunteer Expert Witnesses
LAS is looking for a few good expert witnesses.
A Call for Pro Bono Attorneys and Referral
LAS is attempting to put together a comprehensive statewide list
of attorneys interested in the rights and remedies of persons with
disabilities and willing to serve as pro bono or paid counsel.
A Guide to Advance Directives: Deciding
Your Future Mental Health Treatment
A brochure on deciding your future mental health treatments.
This document is also available in Spanish (en espanol).
Information for Individuals Facing Involuntary Treatment Proceedings
prepared by the Legal Advocacy Service for use in representing
clients facing judicial proceedings.
Cook County Court Brochure, Spanish
The Cook county Court Brochure in spanish (en espanol).