Illinois DCFS agrees to compliance with ACLU regarding outside experts

Illinois DCFS agrees to compliance with ACLU regarding outside experts

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Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois settled on a short-term compliance plan which says the agency will resume using University of Illinois at Chicago clinicians and provide regular reports while longer-term solutions are drafted.

The agency’s problems have been widely publicized since a 1988 class-action lawsuit over management led to a consent decree. More recently, newspaper investigations have revealed problems and state legislators have called for change. The latest agreement follows a March lawsuit by the ACLU alleging “dangerously inadequate” care and services and is part of the consent decree.

DCFS of Illinois finally agreed to allow outside experts to help monitor residential treatment centers and placement services under a court document approved Tuesday by a federal judge.  To read the rest of this article head to The State Journal-Register.

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