Kids in Crisis Project
Up to 20% of Illinois students face emotional or behavioral issues that impact school success. In low-income areas that number is even higher. Many children in our communities are also exposed to trauma of violence, abuse or chronic stress, that puts them at higher risk for developing mental health issues. Early intervention is the most effective way to help children with mental health issues. Even where mental illness is not preventable, children who receive support early can lead lives less impacted by these issues. Children with mental health needs may be served in school through special education services.
Our Kids in Crisis Project provides free legal assistance and outreach to low-income elementary school age children with mental health needs in Illinois and their families to ensure appropriate educational and behavioral services in the school setting.
The services we provide include:
- Free legal advice (and representation in select cases) to students with disabilities who have mental health issues to ensure that they are receiving appropriate special education services;
- Partnerships with community-based mental health agencies;
- Training and outreach materials for families, community partners, and pro bono audiences about the legal rights of children with mental health needs in school settings.
- View our Special Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page
- Donate to our Equality for Kids Fund
- Get legal help
Last updated: March 27, 2019