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December 18, 2018
New NAMI Illinois Program Director – Teri Latter

The Board of Directors of NAMI Illinois is pleased to announce that Teri Latter has accepted the position of Program Director, replacing Holly McCaffrey in that role. Teri brings nine years of experience as a Family-to-Family teacher to the job and is also a Family-to-Family State Trainer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI Barrington Area and is the volunteer Family-to-Family Program Director for that affiliate. Prior to her involvement with NAMI, Teri was a Director of Read More

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effect in August prohibits police departments from firing officers whose firearm owner’s identification cards have been revoked following a stay at a mental health facility, The Chicago Tribune reported.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

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