On December 20, 2011, the State of Illinois entered into a Consent Decree, settling the Colbert v. Rauner class action lawsuit, first filed in 2007. The lawsuit sought declaratory and injunctive relief to remedy alleged violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Social Security Act. Plaintiffs alleged that members of the class were unnecessarily segregated and institutionalized in nursing facilities, and that they were denied opportunity to live in appropriate community integrated settings where they could lead more independent and productive lives. The Colbert Consent Decree requires the State to provide Class Members the necessary supports and services to allow Class members to live in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs in community based settings.
Eligible Class Members must currently live in a nursing home located in Cook County, Illinois. Class Members must be receiving or be eligible to receive Medicaid.
The Department hopes you will take the time to review the materials on this website to see if this program may be right for you or for someone you know. You can create an online referral here.
If you would like to inquire about the Colbert Consent Decree including specifics about Colbert Class Member placement on the Transition continuum you can contact us at AGING.ColbertDecree@illinois.gov or on the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966. We look forward to hearing from you.
Colbert v. Rauner Documents
Implementation Plan Phase III
Order Approving Cost Neutral Plan 11.16.16
Agreed Order to Maintain Compliance with Consent Decree June 2016
Agreed Order to Maintain Compliance w/Consent Decree 6.30.2015
Colbert v. Quinn (07 C 4737) Filed Implementation Plan Phase II
Colbert v. Rauner Outreach Material
Letter to Nursing Facilities from IL Department on Aging (02/03/17)
The Colbert v. Rauner Consent Decree Fact Sheet
Your Right to Appeal
Frequently Asked Questions
Colbert v. Rauner Reports
Colbert v. Rauner Outreach Video
Colbert Referrals for Cook County Nursing Home Residents
To submit a referral for an evaluation of Cook County Nursing Home residents under the Colbert Consent Decree please visit the Colbert Referral Web Page.
For More Information
If you would like to inquire about the Colbert Class Decree including specifics about Colbert Class Member placement on the Transition continuum you can contact us at AGING.ColbertDecree@illinois.gov or call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966. We look forward to hearing from you.