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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

March 24, 2020

On March 17, Elgin Township and Dundee Township voters saw a referendum question on their ballot: “Shall Elgin (or Dundee) Township establish and maintain community mental health facilities and services including facilities and services for the person with a developmental disability or a substance use disorder and levy, therefore, an annual tax of not to exceed 0.15%?”

Thanks to a lot of hard work by a team that included members of NAMI Kane County North, the answer was a resounding “YES” Read More

    A Message from Illinois Department of Human Services about COVID-19 Shelter in Place and Homeless Services

    Dear Partners,

    Today, Governor Pritzker issued a Shelter in Place Executive Order that will go into effect tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. I want to share with you what this means for IDHS and our community partners and to provide some guidance for your organizations. Further, we are pleased to announce additional resources that IDHS will deploy across the state to ensure the health and safety of people who are experiencing homeless.

    Illinois’ Shelter in Place Order does not alter the current Read More

    As the Senate considers much-needed COVID-19 relief, please urge your Senators to ensure people affected by mental illness can maintain their treatment, get health and mental health coverage, have access to safe housing, and are supported by the nonprofits they trust and depend on.

    We need you to ask your U.S. Senators to do 4 things:

    1. Remove barriers to mental health treatment. People need ways to manage existing mental health conditions and maintain mental wellness while reducing their exposure to Read More

    Today, as our state and our nation struggle to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, NAMI Illinois recognizes that the psychological impact of this situation will leave no American untouched, regardless of their level of risk for contracting the virus. As Americans take the necessary steps to protect their physical health – by practicing social distancing, monitoring for potential symptoms that have not yet occurred, and increasing isolation –  mental health can be negatively impacted, especially for those whose mental health may Read More

    NAMI Kane-South, DeKalb, and Kendall counties has announced the appointment of Laura Martinez as its new Executive Director following the retirement of Carol Speckman, who led the NAMI KDK affiliate for the last three years.

    In her new role, Laura, sees her mission as bringing mental health education, support and advocacy to the Hispanic community in a language they understand. She is well-equipped to bring that mission to fruition, having served for 15 years managing the Language Access to Healthcare department Read More

    You want to let your state legislators know your position on a bill related to mental health, but who is it that represents you in Springfield? Or perhaps you remember the name of your state senator, but don’t know how to reach out. Turns out that all you need to know is your address.

    Just go to Find My Elected Officials and put in your address and you’ll get all the contact information for both your state and federal representatives Read More

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