Child health

Illinois Kids Deserve Care: Big Win for In-Home Nursing Services

After years of settlement discussion, Legal Council settled the MA v. Bellock class-action lawsuit with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) in January. The judge ruled in favor of more than 1,300 medically complex children who need in-home nursing. This legal battle for Illinois children started after HFS hired a third party…

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Legal Council partner Dr. Hamp receives high honor

Longtime Legal Council advocate and friend Dr. Nicole Hamp recently was awarded the Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Nicole Hamp, Ann Hilton Fisher Advocate Award honoree, and Larry Yellen, Gala host, at Legal Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala, Oct. 13, 2018. Hamp received this exceptional honor for her work…

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Our Advocates Never Sleep: Program Director Receives Public Health Advocacy Award

Congratulations to Amy Zimmerman, Legal Council’s Director of Children & Families Partnerships, for receiving the Public Health Advocacy Award this past week! Amy Zimmerman (middle) with two representatives from IPHA at IPHA’s 77th Annual Conference, Sept. 5-7, 2018. The Illinois Public Health Association’s Public Health Advocacy Award is awarded to an advocate whose outstanding accomplishments…

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Blindsided Parents: Special Education Advocates Hold CPS Accountable

This week Legal Council’s own special education advocate Barb Cohen and W.B.E.Z’s Sarah Karp discussed Chicago Public Schools’ relationship with the parents of special needs students on W.B.E.Z’s All Things Considered. Over the last year C.P.S and their Special Education program have been the topic of conversation. Karp, whose extensive investigative reporting helped lead to the State…

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Improving Parent Involvement in CPS Special Education

This week, parents of Chicago Public Schools students with special needs won a significant victory: On August 20th, Gov. Rauner signed SB 454. This past May, Legal Council collaborated with Rep. Fred Crespo to pass an amendment to SB 454, amending the Illinois school code. This amendment strengthens the Chicago Public Schools special education process…

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Feature: Spreading the news of Legal Council’s lead pilot

Georgetown C.C.F’s Say Ahhh! blog invited our Children & Families advocates to write a feature on our lead pilot, Early Intervention, and the effects of lead-exposure on children. Currently, no widespread interventions address the negative neurocognitive effects of lead exposure, yet the promise of early childhood services cannot be ignored. Every state participates in IDEA Part C Early…

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IL Governor Signs Stock Asthma Rescue Medication

With help from Legal Council’s children and family advocates, the ‘Stock Asthma Rescue Medication’ bill (SB 3015) has been signed by Gov. Rauner and is now Public Act 100-0726. This victory will promote access to proper asthmatic care to children in need, allowing schools to voluntarily stock asthma rescue medication and for trained staff to administer it…

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First Steps: Launching Our Lead Pilot

Legal Council for Health Justice, in partnership with Erikson Institute and the Early Intervention Training Program, held the first of two trainings for Early Intervention service coordinators and providers as part of the launch of our innovative pilot project “New Approaches to Childhood Lead-Poisoning: Expanding Access to Early Intervention Services.”

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Immigrant child health and border separations

Law professor Yael Cannon, director of the Medical-Legal Partnership at Georgetown Law’s Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic in D.C, reflects on how child health is being negatively impacted by border separations in a current National Law Review article, “Return Immigrant Kids to Their Parents: Their Health Depends on It.” “As the debate continues, it is…

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Legal Council Advocates VS. CPS Special Education

After a public inquiry team, led by the Illinois State Board of Education, spent the last five months investigating Chicago Public Schools’ Special Education policies and practices and found significant and unnecessary delays and denials in services, the Board voted Wednesday to approve an independent monitor to oversee CPS as it works to implement changes.

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