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New IDOC units offer expanded mental health care

August 3, 2017

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, more »

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The Fight Is Not Over

August 2, 2017

July 20, 2017 | NAMI.ORG Wondering what is happening with health reform? Every day–and sometimes multiple times a day–the news changes. But what doesn’t change is NAMI’s simple test for health reform: Will Americans have more mental health coverage and better care? To date, the answer has been no. Whether it’s the revised Senate bill, more »

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Challenging Multicultural Disparities In Mental Health

July 10, 2017 | By Elena Schatell As the racial demographic of the U.S. continues to shift, the mental health field faces the challenge of creating equal, culturally sensitive services for all. Many people are unable to attain their highest level of mental wellness for several reasons, and the culture of mental health is just more »

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Psychiatric intensive care unit closes in Decatur

July 13, 2017 | By Joe Cadotte Many rural communities in Illinois are experiencing more and more people suffering from mental illness. Resources are shrinking in many towns and counties. HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur closed their psychiatric intensive care unit in February. “Changes are often made in order to provide the most efficient more »

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NAMI and Advocacy: Staying United in the Face of Challenging Times

July 3, 2017

June 16, 2017 | By Mary Giliberti, J.D. As I’ve been thinking about the upcoming NAMI National Convention, I wanted to share some reflections with all of you on advocacy—recognizing that not everyone will be able to attend at the end of June. Advocacy has always been at the core of NAMI’s mission. It was more »

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