May 14, 2018 | By Deborah Offner, Ph.D.
At least 1 in 5 school-aged children is affected by a mental health condition. The two most common conditions among children and adolescents are anxiety followed by depression, but children can have other difficulties that affect their ability to fully take part in and benefit from their classroom experiences. These include attention deficit-hyperactivity, autism spectrum disorder and eating disorders.
Many children can also suffer from emotional reactions to the strain Read More
May 5, 2018
NAMI is pleased to announce the launch of Serving Safely, a national initiative to help police and sheriffs’ departments effectively respond to mental health crises. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, “Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities” will be a one-stop shop for communities—specifically law enforcement agencies—to request training and technical assistance. Through the initiative’s work, law enforcement agencies will be better prepared to interact Read More
May 7, 2018 | By Amanda Vinicky
Illinois has won long sought-after permission from the federal government to take a more flexible approach to treating opioid disorders, drug abuse and other behavioral health issues experienced by an estimated quarter of the state’s roughly 3 million Medicaid recipients.
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday announced that the federal government approved the state’s 1115 Medicaid waiver – a bureaucratic way of saying that Illinois has been cleared from regular Medicaid restrictions, enabling it to use Read More
Lawmakers Pass Bill Positioning Illinois as a Leader in Innovative Early Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Use
On strongly bi-partisan votes, the Illinois House and Senate have approved SB2951 – a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will make Illinois one of the first states in the country to create a treatment model specifically designed for youth and young adults experiencing their first symptoms of significant mental health conditions. SB2951 also allows for the delivery of clinical substance use treatment in community-based settings.
This legislation brings Illinois’ treatment system in line with a growing body of research that demonstrates Read More
By Harris Meyer | May 19, 2018
In 2011, Rocky and Keith Schwartz’s two teenage sons both started exhibiting symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse.
Seven years and many ordeals later, the Lebanon, N.J., family has spent more than $300,000 out of pocket for their sons’ treatment due to coverage denials, first by UnitedHealthcare and later by Cigna, their insurers through Keith’s job. They filed six appeals, losing every time.
In November, Rocky Schwartz testified about her experiences with insurers before the Read More
NAMI is proud to release “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency.” NAMI developed this guide to support people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones.
This potentially life-saving guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis and resources available for those affected. Also included is information about advocating for a person in crisis along with a sample Read More