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October 5, 2016

Chicago’s Public Health Department received a $1 million federal grant Tuesday “to address trauma in Chicago’s neighborhoods and improve crisis intervention training for first responders,” according to an announcement.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Health Department Commissioner Julie Morita announced the grant.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant program. According to the mayor’s office, the grant program “supports violence prevention and Read More

    A recently closed Halloween-themed attraction that was opposed by Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, and others for stigmatizing people who live with mental illness is garnering new support in the form of an online petition calling for its reopening.

    Earlier this week, it was announced that FearVR was going to be closed by the Buena Park, California-based Knott’s Berry Farm in response to outcry over its portrayal of a character suffering from mental Read More

    October 1, 2016

    While most taxpayers understand the need to fund schools, public safety and infrastructure, providing services for citizens who suffer mental/behavioral health difficulties often presents a challenge. Yet mental illness touches a large percentage of American families and includes people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds. It has significant societal and economic impact.

    According to a recent report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 4 adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience mental illness in a given Read More

    The essay was published in a scientific journal focusing on the study of neurology.

    Many people suffer from some kind of mental illness, be it depression, bipolar syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or any number of others. These illnesses can affect anyone, no matter their background or personality—and a lot of the time, they can be difficult to detect. Robin Williams suffered from a severe form of depression that forced him to take his own life, and now his widow Susan Schneider Williams has written an essay Read More


    ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling for legislation to ensure enforcement of the 2008 federal mental health insurance “parity” law and expanded coverage under the 2009 Affordable Care Act.

    The call coincided with a hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

    “While significant progress has been made, people living with mental illness continue to encounter significant barriers in getting necessary mental health services Read More

    DECATUR — In 2005, lawyers from the ACLU of Illinois and other organizations filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of mentally ill people residing in institutions for mental disease (IMDs).

    That lawsuit, known as Williams v. Quinn, claimed that Illinois’ reliance on IMDs was against the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

    “Illinois has a long track record of waiting until there’s a lawsuit before they do something,” Heritage Chief Clinical Services Officer Tim Macken said.

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