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Learn how you can take action on issues regarding mental illnesses. NAMI Illinois is fighting hard to make our voices heard. The most effective way to express our ideas and vision, however, is through our members. Having a network of members willing to contact their legislators – via letter, email, phone calls or office visits regarding specific issues is essential.

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February 28, 2018

Yesterday, the Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force delivered Stemming the Tide: Diverting Youth with Mental Health Conditions from the Illinois Juvenile Justice System (attached) to Illinois policymakers. Established by Public Act 99-0894, the Task Force was charged with developing recommendations for the consideration of the Governor and state legislature on how our state can build a stronger diversion system that better meets the treatment needs of young people living with mental health conditions.

Thresholds is honored to have served on the Task Force and proud of the action plan we produced under the leadership of co-chairs Jen McGowan from NAMI Chicago and Quinn Rallins from the Illinois Justice Project. We are excited to work with all of you to help realize the investments, policy changes, and systems coordination necessary to ensure that all young people have access and opportunities to get the care they need and live their lives to the fullest as outlined in this report.

Please feel free to share with your networks. The report is also available online here.

Amber Kirchhoff,  Manager, Public Policy Thresholds