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September 21, 2017

By Dean Olsen, Staff Writer State Journal-Register

Sep 19, 2017 at 7:51 PM


Frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis, a report released Tuesday says.

“This raises a lot of red flags,” Kelly O’Brien, executive director of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, said during a news conference. The not-for-profit group released the 16-page report with partners that included the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.

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    Lisa SchenckerContact Reporter

    Chicago Tribune


    Insurers are denying coverage to many Illinois residents for certain mental health services and addiction treatments, according to a new survey of hospitals, psychiatrists and other providers in the state.


    Those surveyed said Medicaid managed care organizations, in particular, blocked coverage for a number of services. About 59 percent of providers surveyed said Medicaid managed care organizations “always” or “often” denied coverage for inpatient treatment for addiction and mental health issues during the past year.

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    Rules Of The Road For Succeeding In College With A Mood Disorder

    August 23, 2017 | By Sharon Carnahan, Ph.D.

    You’ve done it! High school is over and it’s time for college. Everyone is just so proud… and you’re alternating between wildly optimistic and sure of certain failure. As a person with a diagnosed mood disorder, you just barely survived high school—and that’s no exaggeration.

    Maybe you’ve accumulated a list of experiences that don’t exactly enhance your resume—frequent absences, medication trials, psychiatrist visits (outpatient or in), special schools, therapists, suicide attempts and drinking sprees. Read More

    Google taps National Alliance on Mental Illness to add depression screener to search

    August 29, 2017 | By Jonah Comstock

    While Google the company — now known as Alphabet — has spun its health operations into several growing subsidiaries, Google the search engine continues to be one of the major ways people seek to learn about their health. To its credit, Google has displayed an awareness of the “ask Dr. Google” phenomenon and over the years has steadily improved what people see when they make health-related search queries. Most recently, they Read More

    The Illinois Department of Corrections will be holding an Open House at the Joliet Treatment Center, 2848 W McDonough Street in Joliet on September 14 from 3 – 6 p.m.

    There will be a brief program held at 3:15 p.m. to welcome visitors with tours being held between 3:30 and 5:45 p.m.  Comments and questions are encouraged.

    Confirm your attendance by contacting by September 12th.

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    NAMI Illinois is proud to have partnered with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Last year NAMI Illinois trained and certified 150 Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) staff that then trained the entire DOC staff of over 11,500 in the NAMI Illinois mental illness awareness curriculum. Recently representatives from NAMI Illinois toured the Elgin Treatment Center, a new 44-bed facility that will offer hospital level care to state prisoners with serious mental illness. Dr. Melvin Hinton, Chief of Mental Read More

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