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Mark J. Heyrman : Additional Activities


  • Mental Health America
    Member of the Board of Directors, 2004 to 2010
    Member of the Public Policy Committee, 2004 to present; Chairperson, 2007-2010
    Deputy General Counsel, 2013 to present
  • Mental Health America of Illinois
    Member of the Board of Directors, 1996 to present; President of the Board, 1998-2000
    Member of the Public Policy Committee, 1996 to present; Chairperson, 1997 to present
  • Mental Health Summit
    Founding Member
    Summit Facilitator, 2000 to present
  • Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council
    Member, 1997 to present
    Chairperson, 2006-2009
  • Clinical Legal Education Association
    Founding member of the Board of Directors
    Secretary-Treasurer, 1992-2000
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    Member of the Standing Committee on the Mentally Disabled, 1996 to 2013; Chairperson, 1998-1999; 2012-2013;
    Member of the Mental Health Section Council, 2013 to present, Legislative liaison, 2013 to present
  • Chicago Bar Association
    Member of the Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, 1990 to present; Legislative liaison, 2013 to present
  • CURE-Illinois
    Member of the Board of Directors, 2015 to present
  • Bar admissions: The United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Member of the Trial Bar)


  • Mike Flannery Community Service Award, National Alliance on Mental Illinois of Greater Chicago (2011)
  • "Heroes in The Fight" Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Illinois (2008)
  • Award for Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership, Mental Health Association in Illinois (2006)
  • Selected as one of "Illinois Super Lawyers" by Law and Politics and Chicago Magazine (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Pro Bono award from Equip for Equality, Inc. (2003)
  • "Outstanding Advocacy Award," Clinical Legal Education Association (2002)
  • "Special Recognition Award," Community Mental Health Council, Inc. (2002)
  • Gold Bell Awaard as "Mental Health Person of the Year," Mental Health Association in Illinois (2001)


  • In Re Robert S., 2004 Ill. LEXIS 1669 (2004) 
  • Baker v. Adams, 02 CH 15962 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty, Ill., 2004) 
  • Williams v. Staples, 208 Ill. 2d 480 (2004) 
  • C.J. v. DMHDD, 296 Ill. App. 3d 17 (1st Dist. 1998); 331 Ill. App. 3d 871 (1st Dist. 2002) 
  • Cross v. Staples, 1-99-3174 (1st Dist. 2001) 
  • Lucas v. Peters, 318 Ill. App. 3d (1st Dist. 2000) 
  • Brown v. Murphy, 278 Ill. App. 3d 981 (1st Dist. 1996) 
  • Henderson v. McDonald,No. 94 C 55 (N.D. Ill. June 12, 1996)
  • Love v. Chicago,96 C 0396 (N.D. Ill. (1999)
  • Estate of Merritt,272 Ill. App. 3d 1017 (1st Dist. 1995)
  • Turner v. Campagna,281 Ill. App. 3d 109- (1st Dist. 1996) 
  • Radazewski v. Cawley,159 Ill. 2d 372 (1994)
  • Chambers v. Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission,96 Ill. App. 3d 884 (1st Dist. 1981) 
  • Kulak v. Belletire, 148 Ill. App. 3d 268 (1st Dist. 1986) 
  • People v. Roush, 101 Ill. 2d 355 (1984) 
  • Yiadom v. Kiley, 204 Ill. App. 3d 418 (1st Dist. 1990) 
  • Goode v. Pavkovic, No. 81 C 2491 (N.D. Ill. April 26, 1984) 


  • Public Act 94-0498, requires that money saved through the complete or partial closure of a state mental hospital be kept in the mental health system.
  • Public Act 94-0521, permits patients facing involuntary inpatient commitment to enter into an agreed order for outpatient commitment. 
  • Public Act 94-0906, extends Mental Health Insurance Parity Law to health maintenance organizations
  • Public Act 94-1066, requires documentation of use of psychotropic medication in state facilities.
  • Public Act 92-0185, prohibits health insurance companies from providing less coverage for the treatment of mental illness than is provided for other illnesses, 215 ILCS 5/370c 
  • Public Act 87-124, creates standards and procedures under which courts may order psychotropic medication for persons who lack the capacity to consent, 405 ILCS 5/2-107.1 
  • Public Act 90-538, requires the Department of Human Services to collect and publish data and on the use of electro convulsive therapy in Illinois, 405 ILCS 5/2-110.1
  • Public Act 91-536, strengthens requirement for treatment plans and provided court review thereof, 405 ILCS 5/3-814; 730 ILCS 5/5-2-4 
  • Public Act 92-469, specifies the pre-trial detention facilities must provide mental health services in jails and requires Department of Corrections to inspect jails annually to insure compliance, 730 ILCS 5/3-15-3 
  • Public Act 91-726, amends the law requiring that at least one psychiatrist testify in any commitment or involuntary treatment hearing to define psychiatrist as someone who at a minimum had completed a residency in psychiatry, 405 ILCS 5/1-121