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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

July 2, 2018
5 Ways I Help Myself When My Job Is To Help Others

By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018

g my recovery and myself has allowed me to be a better friend, a better partner and a better person; it’s also allowed me to be more successful. I’m much better at helping my clients knowing that I have learned how to help myself.

Here are five ways I help myself, so I can better help those I serve.

Adopt A Self-Care Mindset

Self-care. Self-care. Self-care. I preach these words to client after client. As Read More

    We did it! Thanks to your advocacy, the House passed H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, yesterday with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 357-57!

    This victory is because of you. Your advocacy made this possible.

    H.R. 6082 aligns 42 CFR Part 2—the regulation that keeps health care providers from accessing information about a person’s substance use condition—with HIPAA.

    This will ensure that physical health, mental health and substance use records are treated fairly and equally. This allows for better treatment Read More

    Ensuring Your Child Is Supported At School

    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

    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

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