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Office of State Guardian

The Office of State Guardian (OSG) is the largest public guardianship agency of its kind in the United States, serving nearly 5,300 adult disabled wards. With cases in virtually every Illinois county, the Office of State Guardian handles the personal, financial, and legal affairs of developmentally disabled, mentally ill and elderly persons with disabilities.

Human Right Authority

The Human Rights Authority exists to conduct investigations of complaints of violations of the rights of persons with disabilities. Based on early models of a singular regional grassroots program, the Human Rights Authority serves as a statewide framework providing direction and standards for a largely volunteer effort.

Legal Advocacy Service

The Human Rights Authority exists to conduct investigations of complaints of violations of the rights of persons with disabilities. Based on early models of a singular regional grassroots program, the Human Rights Authority serves as a statewide framework providing direction and standards for a largely volunteer effort.

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.

GAC Special Education Initiative

The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission receives calls from individuals and parents throughout the state trying to find answers and assistance regarding Special Education. Illinois Special Education is governed by both the federal law IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and State Law (Illinois Administration Rule Part 226). Below are links to information starting with a Frequently Asked Questions document that answers the most commonly asked questions received by the SPED Collaborative Team along with a summary and law citation.