Human Services Update

The Illinois Department of Human Services Inspector General released a report last week recommending a series of major changes to end the physical abuse and neglect of patients at the Choate Mental Health and Development Center in downstate Anna. House Republicans, led by Assistant Minority Leader State Rep. Charlie Meier and State Representative Dr. Paul Jacobs are leading the charge with a plan to make improvements aimed at ending abuse and neglect, stopping the culture of cover-ups and silence, and holding the administration accountable to promises they have made to improve the developmentally disabled health care facility.