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Education and Training

In addition to legal counsel and representation to clients in need, our multilingual staff offers free training, technical assistance, and educational programs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond to service providers, case managers, social workers, agency administrators, physicians, attorneys, educators, student groups, and members of the general public. Some of our most popular offerings are listed below.

If you would like to request a training for your group (in English or Spanish), contact our main office at 312-427-8990 or fill out a general request form. Staff will be happy to work with you to develop a training that meets the needs and interests of your group.


AIDS LEGAL COUNCIL is the primary source in Illinois for information on HIV-related legal issues and conducts more than 100 trainings annually to thousands of people in the state.

  • Advanced Issues in Medicare and Medicaid: In-depth training on Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Confidentiality and Disclosure: Know who can and cannot disclose someone’s HIV status, methods of testing, and how Illinois law protects the privacy of individuals with HIV.
  • Discrimination: Outlines rights of people with HIV in Illinois and explains what discrimination looks like in the workplace, health care treatment, insurance coverage, and other areas of society.
  • Dual / Triple Diagnosis: Assisting people with multiple impairments, such as physical, mental, and substance abuse, with accessing benefits.
  • Estate Planning: Learn the definitions and the differences among a will, a power of attorney, and a living will. Discover what information you need to provide in order to ensure that your wishes are followed when you pass away or become incapable of expressing your wishes.
  • Health Care Reform: Explains how health care reform and managed care specifically impact people with HIV.
  • HIV Law 101: Overview of HIV law, including the basics about confidentiality, criminal transmission, employment insurance, and estate planning.
  • Immigration: Explains the legal requirements for people with HIV to become permanent U.S. residents and what HIV laws affect the immigration process.
  • Insurance: Learn about employment-based and individual health and life insurance issues for people with HIV, pre-existing conditions, COBRA rights, filling out insurance forms at work, and related topics.
  • Mental Health: Tutorial for providers and/or consumers on issues impacting those with HIV/AIDS and mental illness, including confidentiality, obtaining public benefits, criminal transmission, and other relevant matters.
  • Permanency Planning: Focuses on options parents have in planning for the future care of their children, including: what happens if a parent is sick or in the hospital for some period of time, becomes unable to care for the children, or passes away.
  • Public Benefits: Review of ADAP/CHIC, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, COBRA, and all other public benefit measures.
  • Return to Work: Lesson in what happens to public benefits after returning to work, and what an HIV-positive person’s rights are in the workplace, including confidentiality and accommodations.
  • Same-sex marriage: Focuses on how the same-sex marriage law, which entered into effect in Illinois on June 1, 2014, can affect people supported by Medicaid, food stamps, and other public benefits.
  • Youth Issues: Review of school law in Illinois, including who at school must know about a child or young adult’s HIV status and the rights minors have to STI testing and treatment.

CHICAGO MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP for CHILDREN

  • Early Intervention: Learn how to help families access Early Intervention services and supports for children with developmental delays and disabilities from birth to age 3 and how to ensure effective transition at age 3 to early childhood special education programs.
  • Immigrants and access to public benefits: Learn which categories of immigrants are eligible for various state and federal benefits, including health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Special Education: Review of special education law, including the basics about effectively representing a child at a school meeting and in an administrative proceeding.
  • Youth in Transition: Overview of legal issues affecting emerging adults, including adult guardianship, access to health insurance, special education laws, and SSI eligibility.
  • Introduction/Advanced Medical-Legal Partnership: Learn to recognize and navigate resources to troubleshoot social determinants of health for low-income pediatric patients.

SSI HOMELESS OUTREACH PROJECT

  • Social Security Claims Evaluation: Learn how Social Security evaluates claims based upon disability for persons who have co-occurring substance use disorders.
  • SSI/SSDI Application and Disability Determination Process: Learn how to assist persons who are homeless to secure federal disability benefits.

There is nothing more empowering than knowing the facts and what your rights are. — Legal Council client