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Pilot program to improve mental health crisis response in Rockford

May 16, 2019

Posted Apr 11, 2019 at 4:29 PMUpdated Apr 11, 2019 at 10:28 PM By Jeff Kolkey ROCKFORD — The often frenetic pace of a hospital emergency room can be the opposite of the calm environment needed by people experiencing a mental health crisis. Yet when families in Rockford and across Illinois call 911 for help with a loved one suffering from a psychotic, […]

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About 1 in 5 kids will have mental health problems, but child psychiatrists are scarce. Pritzkers give $15M to help.

May 6, 2019 By Lisa Schencker, Contact Reporter ChicagoTribune The girl had always been a worrier. But as she progressed through middle school, the 12-year-old’s anxiety ramped up and began to interfere with her life. Her family knew she needed professional help. But instead of waiting potentially months to see a psychiatrist — practitioners […]

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NAMI Celebrates Extraordinary Record Of Growth & Announces New Leadership

4/14/19 NAMI Today, the NAMI Board of Directors has announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Mary Giliberti, as she departs to pursue more time with her family. “For forty years, NAMI has worked to build better lives for people affected by mental illness. Mary’s work in this pursuit has propelled the mental […]

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CBT For Psychosis: Approaches Families Can Use

Apr. 15, 2019 By David Kingdon, M.D. and Douglas Turkington, M.D. NAMI Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is gradually becoming recognized and available as a psychological approach to mental health problems. But what exactly is it? Well, CBT works with thoughts (cognitions) and behaviors to help with mental health problems. It’s becoming increasingly famous, particularly for teaching […]

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Bill moves forward for funding of mental health professionals in Illinois schools

April 8, 2019

Posted: Fri 3:05 PM, Mar 29, 2019 By WIFR Newsroom 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 […]

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