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Historic Agreement Reached to Transition Illinois Residents Unnecessarily Housed in Large, Impersonal Nursing Homes
Date:3/14/2010

CHICAGO, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A landmark agreement between the State of Illinois and thousands of persons with mental illnesses will result in significant reforms of Illinois' outmoded, overcrowded and scandalized nursing home system.  The agreement, filed in federal district court in Chicago on March 15, 2010 will begin a systemic process of giving approximately 4,500 persons with mental illnesses the choice to move out of large nursing homes known as "Institutions for Mental Diseases" (IMDs) and into community-based settings with the support they need to be successful.   These large, impersonal IMDs are operated in a manner that allows individuals little opportunity for independent living and personal growth.  

Today's settlement, if approved by the court, will offer people who no longer want to live in these institutions the opportunity to move to community-based settings with the kind of care and services that are appropriate for their individual circumstance.    

"This is a momentous day for our clients," said Benjamin Wolf, associate legal director for the ACLU of Illinois, one of five legal organizations representing the plaintiffs.   "It also is a good day for the people of Illinois.  This ag
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