for Leadership on Mental Health Parity
July 22, 2020
NAMI Illinois commends Governor J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Dept. of Insurance Director Robert Muriel for their recent actions to enforce parity laws that ensure mental health and substance abuse disorder get the same high-quality treatment as physical illness. On July 15, Governor Pritzker announced that five Illinois health insurance carriers had been fined more than $2 million for violating these laws.
“During a time when more people Read More
2020 Conference AnnouncementNAMI Illlinois is pleased to announce that its 2020 State Conference will be held online on October 16th and 17th. Given the ever-changing environment we currently live, we have chosen to take our conference virtual this year. Our conference theme, Driving Change: The New Future of Mental Health, will focus on the dramatic increase in the need for services, as millions experience the challenges of anxiety and depression for the first time, and as the challenges facing those Read More
July 6, 2020 By Giles Bruce Kaiser Health News The Mighty https://themighty.com/2020/07/covid-19-impact-addiction-treatment/
Shawn Hayes was thankful to be holed up at a city-run hotel for people with COVID-19.
The 20-year-old wasn’t in jail. He wasn’t on the streets chasing drugs. Methadone to treat his opioid addiction was delivered to his door.
Hayes was staying at the hotel because of a coronavirus outbreak at the 270-bed Kirkbride Center addiction treatment center in Philadelphia, where he had been seeking help.Read More
June 24, 2020 By Natalie Krebs Illinois Newsroom http://Are Children’s Mental Health Services Falling Short During COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on children’s mental health across the country. Advocates are trying to address the problem, but resources can be limited, and in Iowa, plans for a statewide mental health system for children have run into problems.
At Blank Children’s Hospital, it’s not hard to see the impact of COVID-19.
“We’re seeing Read More
July 6, 2020 By Kylie M. Smith, Ph.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2020/Discrimination-and-Racism-in-the-History-of-Mental-Health-Care
People with mental illness have always been discriminated against. They have been denied full participation in society and labeled as dangerous and criminal. Many have been locked in institutions that acted more like prisons designed to punish than hospitals designed to treat.
In the 1960s, a series of federal legislation and court cases tried to end this discrimination. In the process, these cases revealed how deep the inequalities ran. And as Read More
This Minority Mental Health Month, NAMI is Raising Awareness About Mental Health in Underrepresented Communities
Arlington, VA — NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has the goal of raising awareness about mental health care in underrepresented communities. Our culture, beliefs, sexual identity, values, race and language all affect how we perceive and experience mental health conditions. In fact, cultural differences can influence what treatments, coping mechanisms and supports work for us. It is essential for culture and identity to be a part of the conversation about mental health care.Read More
It is normal to experience emotions ranging from shock to frustration or fear when a family member is in a mental health crisis. It can be difficult to put aside your own feelings while working to defuse the situation in front of you.
It might seem that yours is the only family dealing with these challenges, but you are not alone. Even before COVID-19, nearly 44 million adults experienced mental illness each year. One in five youth ages 13-18 Read More