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Legal Specialties for Children and Adults with Disabilities and Their Families

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Publications and other resource material for families and professionals.

Robert H. Farley, Jr. writes and publishes on disability and disability law regularly. Below is a sampling of currently available articles and publications.

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Publications and articles are available for reprint by not-for-profit agencies and parents groups; please see reprint requirements on our publications page.

Workshops, Seminars and Presentations

Robert H. Farley, Jr. is available to speak to parents groups, organizations, and agencies on a wide variety of issues related to disability advocacy and disability services. Popular topics include:

  • Adult Services for Developmentally Disabled Persons
  • Waiting List for Services: Fact or Fiction

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Farley's presentation, Obtaining Funding or Services for Children & Adults with DD in the State of Illinois.

Federal Class Action Lawsuit Filed In United States District Court in Chicago On Behalf of Medically Fragile Children

The Legal Team of Robert H. Farley, Jr., Mary Denise Cahill, Alysha Briggs-Miller and Michelle N. Schneiderheinze, have filed a Federal Class Action Lawsuit against the State of Illinois on behalf of approximately 1,000 medically fragile children seeking to prevent the State of Illinois from eliminating or reducing their existing Medicaid benefits.

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Click here to read the Chicago Tribune's earlier coverage of the case filing.

Click here to read the Chicago Tribune's recent coverage.

Since 1985 and prior to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the State of Illinois has been able to successfully provide to medically fragile children up to the age of 21, home and community based services to allow them to remain in their own homes rather than in an institutional setting. However, effective September 1, 2012, the State of Illinois is unraveling 27 years of community based services to medically fragile children by making draconian cuts to Medicaid services to all medically fragile children which puts them at risk of institutionalization in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act and Medicaid.

The State of Illinois is placing the medical fragile children at risk of institutionalization by disqualifying families whose income cannot even approach the annual yearly cost of their in-home medical care. The State of Illinois is also capping the level of skilled nursing services (registered nurse or licensed practical nurse) based on a nursing facility level of care even though the children have been found by the State and their doctors to require a hospital level of care. The net effect of the cap on skilled nursing will eliminate approximately 50% of the in-home skilled nursing hours, even though the child=s medical condition has not changed.

The State of Illinois has previously attempted to cap or limit skilled nursing services to medically fragile children over the age of 21 without success, and to date there are Court Orders preventing the State of Illinois from imposing those reductions on medical fragile children over the age of 21 in the federal court case, Hampe v. Hamos, No. 10-3121 currently pending in Chicago, IL. (Robert H. Farley, Jr. is the lead attorney in Hampe)

The Plaintiffs and Class members will be seeking a Preliminary Injunction to prevent the State from eliminating and reducing the current Medicaid benefits for the medically fragile children prior to September 1, 2012. The United States Department of Justice is currently involved in the class action lawsuit concerning the State=s attempt to cut services for medically fragile children over the age of 21 years in Hampe v. Hamos. The Plaintiffs and Class members in this case have reached out to the United States Department of Justice seeking their assistance to prevent the State of Illinois from cutting services for the medically fragile children under the age of 21 years.