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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 laws.

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 health records.

Assistance takes the form of information, referral, and legal representation in court hearings and administrative proceedings.


Service Profile
Examples of the work we do and the services we provide.

Contact Information
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 law.

A Call for Volunteer Expert Witnesses

LAS is looking for a few good expert witnesses.

A Call for Pro Bono Attorneys and Referral Listings
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).

Rights Information for Individuals Facing Involuntary Treatment Proceedings

Handouts 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).


LAS Features

Service Profile
Contact Information
Mental Health Decisions Outline
A Call for Volunteer Expert Witnesses
A Call for Pro Bono Attorneys and Referral Listings
A Guide to Advanced Directives
Rights Information for Individuals Facing Involuntary Treatment Proceedings

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