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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

August 3, 2016

Memo to leaders- Election 2016 Do’s and Don’ts 08 02 16

Now that the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are behind us, Election 2016 is in full swing. NAMI grassroots advocates have a crucial role to play in telling candidates for federal, state and local office – across all parties – that voters care about mental health.

Keep in mind that NAMI organizations are nonprofits. While election education and engagement activities are allowed, there are some restrictions. Here is what to Read More

     

    SETH PERLMAN/AP PHOTO Governor Bruce Rauner after stopgap budget was passed.

    Sherrie Crabb went without pay for a third of the last fiscal year, laid off members of her staff, cut benefits for those who remained, and finally, closed the only homeless youth shelter in southern Illinois, all because the state legislature and governor couldn’t agree on a budget.

    Crabb heads Family Counseling Center, a community Read More

    CHICAGO • Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure designed to prevent people with mental disabilities from owning guns.

    The measure Rauner signed Friday strengthens existing law by requiring circuit court clerks to report the names of people a judge deems mentally disabled to the Illinois State Police at least twice a year. The new law takes effect immediately.

    Under the old law, a person deemed by a judge to have a mental illness could lose his or her gun owner identification card. Read More

    NAMI Applauds “A Major Step Forward”

    Jul 06 2016

    WASHINGTON—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking “a major step forward” to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness.

    The House passed H.R.2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) by a  vote of 422 to 2.

    NAMI Chief Executive Read More

    Recently, the news has been riddled with devastating stories of terrorist attacks, police brutality, murder, rape, racism and injustice, leaving many of us struggling with difficult emotions. Thanks to technological advances, we are receiving unrelenting minute-by-minute, graphic coverage of these stories with greater speed, intensity and repetition than ever before. For better or worse, the media invites us to share in the loss and trauma of others. And our innate ability to empathize with human suffering puts us at risk for carrying a heavy Read More

    The Illinois Department of Human Services [IL DHS], Division of Mental Health [DMH] with assistance from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s [UIC] Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy [CMHSRP] has created an Illinois Individual Placement and Support/Supported Employment [IPS/SE] Web Portal as a one-stop source on IPS/Supported Employment for Illinois citizens with psychiatric disabilities, their employers, their family members, service providers, and other Illinois citizens who would like to learn more about IPS.  The Illinois IPS Web Portal offers information about Read More

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