ROCKFORD — The often frenetic pace of a hospital emergency room can be the opposite of the calm environment needed by people experiencing a mental health crisis.
Yet when families in Rockford and across Illinois call 911 for help with a loved one suffering from a psychotic, schizophrenic or depressive episode, there is only one place ambulances are allowed to transport the patient: the emergency room.Read More
About 1 in 5 kids will have mental health problems, but child psychiatrists are scarce. Pritzkers give $15M to help.
May 6, 2019 By Lisa Schencker, Contact Reporter ChicagoTribune https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-pritzker-mental-health-services-gift-20190503-story.html
The girl had always been a worrier.
But as she progressed through middle school, the 12-year-old’s anxiety ramped up and began to interfere with her life. Her family knew she needed professional help.
But instead of waiting potentially months to see a psychiatrist — practitioners who are in short supply — the girl’s parents turned to her pediatrician. The girl’s doctor, Shoshana Waskow is part of a program in which Lurie Children’s Read More
Today, the NAMI Board of Directors has announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Mary Giliberti, as she departs to pursue more time with her family.
Apr. 15, 2019 By David Kingdon, M.D. and Douglas Turkington, M.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2019/CBT-for-Psychosis-Approaches-Families-Can-Use
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is gradually becoming recognized and available as a psychological approach to mental health problems. But what exactly is it? Well, CBT works with thoughts (cognitions) and behaviors to help with mental health problems. It’s becoming increasingly famous, particularly for teaching people what they can do to improve depression and anxiety. But it’s also being used to help with symptoms of psychosis, such as hearing voices Read More
Posted: Fri 3:05 PM, Mar 29, 2019 By WIFR Newsroom https://www.wifr.com/content/news/Bill-moves-forward-for-funding-of-mental-health-professionals-in-Illinois-schools-507847771.html
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) — The Illinois House passes a bill in support of a tax to fund mental health professionals in schools.
Sponsored by Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), HB 3244 would allow counties to bring forth referendum allowing voters to decide on funding to hire mental health professionals or school resource officers. This would only apply for schools that impose a school facility tax.
Demmer says the bill comes in an effort Read More
Mar 18, 2019 By Monica DeSantis @2:18 PM WJOL https://www.wjol.com/groundbreaking-for-nations-premier-mental-health-facility/
A ground breaking on Monday for the Joliet Treatment Center. The department of corrections will build a $150 million hospital. The 210-bed In-Patient Treatment Center will be located to McDonough Street formerly known as the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet. It’s being described at the nation’s premier mental health facility. It will look like a hospital not a prison. The U of Illinois-Chicago Health system designed the facility and who Read More