Illinois operates nine inpatient psychiatric facilities housing approximately 1300 persons. Faced with a substantial budget deficit, on September 8, 2011, the State announced its intention to close three of these facilities. The State has also announced that it does not intend to fund alternative services in the community. Because inpatient care is generally brief,
I know enough to know what I don't know, and then I turn to the experts. Prof. Mark Heyrman has taught at The University of Chicago Law School's Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic since 1978, where he supervises students in litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness, and teaches a course on Law and the Mental Health System.
Legislation that would require certification of some guardians of impaired adults is expected to be signed by the governor, but one lawyer involved in Illinois guardianship reform efforts said it doesn't address the biggest problem.
Following a year practicing criminal law, Heyrman returned to the Law School as clinical teacher in 1978. His principal responsibilities involve teaching effective advocacy to students of the Law School's Mandel Clinic through supervising these students in litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness.