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February 2014
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Robert H. Farley, Esq.
1155 S. Washington St., Ste. 201
Naperville, IL 60540
Telephone: 630-369-0103
Fax: 630-369-0195

Visit our website for more information: www.farley1.com
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Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr. is available to speak to parents, groups and agencies at no charge. Use the contact form on our website to request a speaking engagement now.
 
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Federal Judge Grants Class Action for all Medicaid-Eligible Children Under the Age of 21

Decision Affects Children Diagnosed with a Mental Health or Behavioral Disorder in the State of Illinois

Attorneys Robert H. Farley Jr., Michelle N. Schneiderheinze and Mary Denise Cahill have secured a major court ruling in the litigation against the State of Illinois for failing to comply with federal law which requires all Medicaid eligible children up to the age of 21 to receive diagnostic and treatment services to address their behavioral or emotional or mental health disorders.  

On February 13,  2014, United States District Court Judge John F. Tharp, Jr.,  in N.B., et. al., v. Hamos, Case No. 11-6866, ruled that the lawsuit filed by nine Medicaid-eligible youths (under age 21) who have been diagnosed with various mental illnesses and/or emotional or behavioral disorders, including developmental disabilities can proceed as a class action against the State of Illinois.  
Judge Tharp certified the class defined as follows: 

All Medicaid-eligible children under the age of 21 in the State of Illinois:

(1) who have been diagnosed with a mental health or behavioral disorder; and,

(2) for whom a licensed practitioner of the healing arts has recommended intensive home- and community- based services to correct or ameliorate their disorders. 

The lawsuit against the State of Illinois alleges that the Illinois Medicaid program fails to meaningfully provide intensive community-based residential or outpatient care for children with mental illness and emotional or behavioral disorders, instead over-relying on hospitals to provide temporary acute care, followed by grossly inadequate outpatient services consisting of little more than medication management and one hour per week of counseling. 

Judge Tharp has scheduled a status hearing on this case on March 13, 2014.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr., at 630-369-0103 or email him at
farleylaw@aol.com

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Workshop for Parents & Agencies Assisting/Serving Developmentally Disabled Persons


Securing services for children and adults with developmental disabilities can be one of the most challenging experiences family members and guardians face as they care for their loved ones. It is highly advisable for parents and caregivers to attend free Workshops presented by Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr. in order to learn how to navigate the disability system and obtain all the benefits which the disabled person is entitled to under the law. 

download Robert Farley's BookPrior to attending workshop, please download and print Attorney Farley's "Book" on how to navigate the Illinois Disability System.

(Only need to attend one workshop, as material is the same.)

Workshops will be presented on the following dates/times:

  • March 5, 2014
    (Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
  • March 11, 2014
    (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
All workshops are offered free of charge.

Each Workshop will address the following issues:

  1. Why It Is Essential To Get On State of Illinois “Waiting List”
  2. What Services Are Available For Your Child From The State of Illinois.
  3. Guardianship – How To Obtain / Is Guardianship Necessary?
  4. Special Needs Trusts.
  5. Applying for SSI Benefits at age 18.
  6. Update on Current Litigation in Illinois On Behalf of Disabled Persons & How It Will Affect Your Child.
  7. Strategies To Obtain Funding For Disability Services & Overcome Those Persons Who Say You Cannot Succeed Because You Are Not An Emergency.
Location:
Naperville Public Library (95th Street Library)
3015 Cedar Glade Drive
Naperville, IL 60564
Please RSVP at farleylaw@aol.com or 630-369-0103.
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Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr. is available to speak to parents, groups and agencies at no charge. Use the contact page on our website to request a speaking engagement now.
 
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