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Advocates for Mentally Ill Urge Overhaul of Nursing Home Operations

Advocates for the mentally ill continued to push for a major overhaul of how Illinois’ nursing homes handle psychiatric patients. They argued that the state should end its reliance on nursing homes to house dangerous people cheaply. The mix of felons, mentally ill people and seniors in Illinois facilities serves none of these populations. Due to this dangerous mix, some residents have been assaulted, raped and even murdered. Several speakers urged the Task Force to expand the subsidized housing for people with mental illness. One woman had to move her 39-year-old son to Minnesota to find supported housing for people with schizophrenia. The task force stated that they are at work to address all the issues raised and to decrease nursing home abuse. This has already been the third hearing by the task force to address nursing home abuse. To read more about the nursing home abuse, please click the link.