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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

December 2, 2016

Illinois wants to pursue a new approach when it comes to Medicaid spending that supporters say will improve its treatment of mental health and substance abuse patients.

If the state’s application for a waiver to federal Medicaid rules is approved, $2.7 billion would be invested in a five-year span into integrating physical and mental care, and helping patients lead more stable lives.

“It gives you the opportunity to innovate,” Felicia Norwood, director of Healthcare and Family Services Read More

    The state is taking bids on renovating a building at the Logan Correctional Center near Lincoln for use by inmates with mental illnesses.

    The work is part of the ongoing effort by the Department of Corrections to comply with a settlement agreement reached in a lawsuit over the department’s treatment of inmates with mental health issues.

    The Capital Development Board is scheduled to open bids on the project Thursday.

    “The project includes renovating a building to create a residential treatment unit,” said CDB Read More

    Advocates for people with severe mental illness say the mental health training doesn’t address the most dire needs.

    Advocates of mental health first aid hope to make the program as common as CPR training. (ISTOCKPHOTO)

    A bill that would expand a program aimed at training ordinary people to recognize and intercede when they see signs of mental health issues in others is raising concerns among critics who say it takes Read More

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    I previously shared my truth about my battle with depression and self-injury in a piece I wrote titled “An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health.” Not only did I openly share my experiences with depression, but I urged other black women to break away from the cultural stigma surrounding mental illness, to rid themselves of the weight that comes with carrying the “strong black woman” title and to seek professional treatment for Read More

    Michael Jackson, Amanda Bynes, Britney Spears — speculating about celebrity mental health sagas is nothing new. The latest newsmaker is rapper Kanye West: West canceled remaining stops on his “Saint Pablo” tour after a recent series of outbursts while performing; he was later taken to a Los Angeles hospital. TMZ reported Tuesday that West suffers from “temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.”

    The incident sparked chatter about his state of mind, culminating with the #prayforkanye hashtag trending on Twitter.

    West’s Read More

    We’re celebrating! Last night, the House passed H.R. 34 by a stunning vote of 392-26. Widely referred to as the 21st Century Cures Act, the bill includes provisions from the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 (H.R. 2646) and from S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016. It also contains language from S. 2002, the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 and from S. 993, the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, Read More

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