Guardianship and Advocacy Commission (GAC) Law and Legal Definition

Guardianship and Advocacy Commission (GAC) is an executive state agency which protects the rights and promotes the welfare of disabled persons. The GAC was created in 1979 in the state of Illinois. It is governed by a board consisting of eleven commissioners. The board members serve without compensation for their services.

The GAC provides state guardianship for the persons with disabilities in the state of Illinois. It also provides legal representation and investigates complaints with regard to violation of rights of persons with disabilities. It carries out its responsibilities through three program divisions, namely: Office of State Guardian (OSG), Legal Advocacy Service (LAS) and the Human Rights Authority (HRA). Office of State Guardian (OSG) is appointed by the courts as guardians in cases where no one else is available to be appointed as guardian.