Advocates seek court order on mental hospital

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CHICAGO (AP) — Advocates for the mentally ill are going to court to ask a judge to get involved in Gov. Pat Quinn’s planned closure of a mental hospital in Tinley Park.

CHICAGO (AP) — Advocates for the mentally ill are going to court to ask a judge to get involved in Gov. Pat Quinn’s planned closure of a mental hospital in Tinley Park.

Mental Health America of Illinois and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Illinois are suing the state in Cook County Circuit Court. Attorney Mark Heyrman says the advocates want to make sure Illinois redirects money from operating Tinley Park Mental Health Center to other services for the mentally ill.

Heyrman says state law requires $19.8 million in savings from the facility closure to go toward other mental health services.

The state plans to close the Tinley Park facility at the end of the month.

Attorneys for the state have filed a brief arguing the plaintiffs are interpreting the law incorrectly.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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