Illinois authorities urgently need to overhaul the state’s mental health programs for impoverished youth or they will only see more of the violence and abuse exposed by a recent Tribune investigation on residential treatment centers, a panel of experts told state lawmakers Wednesday.
Six years after the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that youths were beaten and abused inside residential treatment centers across the country, the mistreatment and violence continue amid inconsistent oversight by government agencies, an investigation by the Tribune and Northwestern University's Medill Watchdog program has uncovered.
The youths living at Indian Oaks Academy knew staff members were forbidden to follow them into the hulking abandoned building next door. With its crumbling walls, shattered windows and collapsing ceilings, it was too dangerous.
Lawrence Hall Youth Services promises to provide expert care and close guidance to juvenile state wards with histories of abuse and neglect in its 48-bed residential treatment center in Chicago and a network of nearby group homes.
Chicago's dropping debt rating has officials scrambling to renegotiate hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts that analysts say expose Chicago to more derivatives risk than most major cities.
A Naperville doctor nationally known for offering alternative autism treatments has agreed to have her Illinois medical license placed on probation for at least a year after state regulators accused her of subjecting two children to unwarranted, dangerous therapies.