Posted: Fri 3:05 PM, Mar 29, 2019 By WIFR Newsroom https://www.wifr.com/content/news/Bill-moves-forward-for-funding-of-mental-health-professionals-in-Illinois-schools-507847771.html
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) — The Illinois House passes a bill in support of a tax to fund mental health professionals in schools.
Sponsored by Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), HB 3244 would allow counties to bring forth referendum allowing voters to decide on funding to hire mental health professionals or school resource officers. This would only apply for schools that impose a school facility tax.
Demmer says the bill comes in an effort Read More
Mar 18, 2019 By Monica DeSantis @2:18 PM WJOL https://www.wjol.com/groundbreaking-for-nations-premier-mental-health-facility/
A ground breaking on Monday for the Joliet Treatment Center. The department of corrections will build a $150 million hospital. The 210-bed In-Patient Treatment Center will be located to McDonough Street formerly known as the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet. It’s being described at the nation’s premier mental health facility. It will look like a hospital not a prison. The U of Illinois-Chicago Health system designed the facility and who Read More
Apr. 01, 2019 By Laurie Katz https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2019/Four-Lessons-From-Four-Years-of-Therapy
I’ve now been in therapy for four years. I talk about four years a lot. It’s an important number in my life. After I was raped in 2011, I suffered in silence for just under four years. It happened at college in Chicago by a fellow student on the third weekend of my freshman year. I tried to get justice, but after months of meetings and hearings, my rapist never had any Read More
Arlington, VA — NAMI and 16 national organizations representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief on April 1 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case Texas v. United States. This is the appeal of a District Court’s ruling to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the appeals court upholds the decision, the invalidation of the ACA would touch Read More
SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — An Illinois House panel has approved a plan that would require classes on mental health.
State Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, is pushing the idea. She’s a former school social worker. She said it’s important for middle school and high school students to have a basic understanding of mental health and mental health challenges.
“A student once said ‘Ms. Villa, I finally know what’s wrong with me. I have depression,’ And he just was in tears. Read More
An Illinois Senate bill aims to help children who are at risk of entering state custody because of issues caused by untreated mental illness. The measure comes as states grapple with ways to help parents who face a heart-breaking choice: giving up custody to obtain expensive treatment for a child.
Attorney Charles Golbert, Cook County Acting Public Guardian, says children and youth with serious mental illness may act violently and land in juvenile court.
In these cases, the judge may determine Read More