Legal Council for Health Justice oversees innovative, evidence-based models of civil legal aid that join health care, social support services, and expert legal assistance to improve long-term health, education, and economic security outcomes. Our legal teams devote their expertise in disability law, health care law, immigration law, education law, employment law, and related state and federal programs to advise and represent low-income children, youth, and adults who experience barriers accessing critical services and supports as well as violations of their civil rights.
There are three programs at Legal Council for Health Justice: Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (promoting health and educational equity for children and youth with special health needs), AIDS Legal Council (protecting the rights of individuals and families impacted by HIV and AIDS), and Homeless Outreach Project (connecting homeless individuals with severe mental illness to federal disability benefits). All programs combine support and training for medical and community providers, direct representation of patients, and systemic advocacy to expand our impact beyond the number of people we work with to improve overall access to health, education, and community living.
The Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children program works to secure healthy futures on behalf of some of the most at-risk and medically complex children and their families in Cook and collar counties (DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will) in partnership with leading hospitals and clinics in the region, including: Lurie Children’s Hospital, Comer Children's Hospital, UIC Coordination of Health Care for Complex Kids (UIC Check), Mount Sinai Under the Rainbow, and Friend Family Health Center (an FQHC associated with the University of Chicago). Advocates handle a range of matters, including public benefits, health care access and coverage issues (including noncitizens), special education (IEPs and IFSPs), and discrimination.