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A note from Tom: expansion of our Children’s program

I wanted to let you know about an exciting expansion of our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (CMLPC).

The Legal Council’s CMLPC program—which serves families with children who have disabilities—is establishing a program at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) to provide legal services to children who are cared for through the Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids (CHECK) program. CHECK has federal funding to provide integrated medical care to children with complex health conditions. You can find more information on the program at

UIC recently informed us that the Legal Council was chosen to run this medical-legal partnership (MLP). This is a significant win for us that will allow the Council to grow our children’s program and hire additional legal staff to handle the significant demand. We will be able to bring on an additional attorney and two paralegals for the CHECK program. We have worked hard to find funding from health care facilities to cover the costs of our work with them. CMLPC has received smaller amounts of funding from Comer Children’s Hospital and Friend Family Health Care in the past, but this is the first major institutional funding that CMLPC has received.

We will keep you updated on this program and its growth, and well as advancements in our AIDS Legal Council and Homeless Outreach Project programs.


Tom Yates
Executive Director