Child welfare agency to stop sending kids to Chicago psych hospital

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced Nov. 2 that it will agree to stop sending children to Chicago Lakeshore Hospital after allegations of sexual assault and abuse of the hospital's pediatric patients, according to ProPublica Illinois.

Here are five things to know:

1. The DCFS also indicated it will not seek an independent investigation requested by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which could result in a lawsuit.

2. The DCFS investigated 16 allegations of abuse involving pediatric patients at the hospital since January, finding significant evidence to support four of the allegations, and is investigating five more. Seven of the allegations were unsubstantiated.

3. Some instances indicated the allegedly abused pediatric patients were cleared for discharge but remained at the facility because DCFS couldn't find a place for them to go.

4. DCFS is taking steps to fulfill the ACLU's request by placing a hold on child admissions, continuing surprise daily visits, and reporting on patient discharge and placement.

5. Federal officials indicated the hospital has until the end of November to correct the deficiency or it will lose federal funding.

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