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December 11, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois police are still facing major hurdles when seeking mental health treatment despite the passage of a state law that aims to remove obstacles and lower the high suicide rate among officers, advocates said.

An Illinois law that took effect in August prohibits police departments from firing officers whose firearm owner’s identification cards have been revoked following a stay at a mental health facility, The Chicago Tribune reported.

A 2013 law requires health professionals to report to the state Read More

    At the same time, a federal judge said he will appoint a monitor to oversee the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. “The stakes cannot be higher,” the judge said.

    Federal authorities announced Friday they were pulling funding from a Chicago psychiatric hospital under investigation following numerous allegations of sexual abuse, assault and patient safety violations, a move that raises questions about the future of the hospital and of the hundreds of children in state care who Read More

    How To Be Supportive Of Your Partner With Mental Illness

    Being in a relationship with someone you love can be beautiful. It can also be difficult, as you face the hurdles of everyday life. But if your partner struggles with mental illness, those issues can become much more intense for both of you. Understanding the needs of someone with mental illness is challenging. And you may not know how to support your partner living with mental illness while caring for your own needs, too. Here are a few ways Read More

    Secretary Alex Azar, U.S. Health & Human Services, announced that the Administration will allow states to apply for Medicaid waivers to pay for mental health treatment in inpatient settings known as IMDs, or institutions of mental disease.  Historically, Medicaid has not paid for treatment in these settings for most adults. While this policy was intended to reduce inhumane institutionalization, it also resulted in unequal coverage of mental health and, tragically, a lack of appropriate options for people with severe mental health Read More

    Earlier this month, musician Kanye West ranted about politics and slavery following the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

    Among other elements of his speech, he told audience members that this was the “real” Kanye speaking and he was off his medication, a nod to his earlier revelation that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

    “Public figures talking about their mental health issues can help bring awareness and combat stigma surrounding these common conditions,” said Dr. David Hu, medical director Read More

    NAMI Northern Illinois kicks off mental illness awareness week

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — One in five people in the US lives with a mental illness. NAMI Northern Illinois is kicking off mental illness awareness week by hosting its faces of mental illness event.

    The event kicked off with performances followed by personal stories told from those recovering from a mental illness. Free depression screenings were also available. NAMI is also hosting a rally this Friday at Veteran’s Memorial Hall to continue the conversation to break down the stigmas that Read More

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