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Governor Rauner Signs Early Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Act

Thresholds championed bill that provides early interventions for young people that prevent lifetime of disability and illness Chicago, IL – Today Governor Rauner signed the bi-partisan Early Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Act into law.  Illinois will be the first…
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Lawmakers Pass Bill Positioning Illinois as a Leader in Innovative Early Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Use

Lawmakers Pass Bill Positioning Illinois as a Leader in Innovative Early Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Use On strongly bi-partisan votes, the Illinois House and Senate have approved SB2951 – a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will make Illinois…
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Ensuring All Young People are Equipped to Live Well and Thrive: The Case for Expanding Early Treatment

By Thresholds’ Program Director of Emerge and MindStrong, Jose Viruet The transition into adulthood is often turbulent for many young people. For youth with mental health conditions, that transition can be even more difficult. To help ease the transition and…
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Illinois Approved for $2B in Mental Health and Substance Use Projects through Medicaid Waiver

Approval of 1115 Medicaid Waiver lends promise to future mental health treatment system in Illinois. Yesterday, mental health and substance use advocates were excited to receive Governor Rauner’s announcement that the federal government approved Illinois’ long-anticipated 1115 Medicaid Waiver proposal. This…
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but Advocating for Better Access to Mental Health Treatment is a Year-Round Effort

By Illinois State Senator, Melinda Bush As an Illinois state legislator, one of the things I want to tackle is the state’s mental health crisis.  May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a unique opportunity we have each year to call…
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Federal budget boosts funding for mental health and substance use programs

The new federal budget will increase support for mental health and substance use programs, but falls short in strengthening and stabilizing the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, the President signed a bi-partisan budget passed by Congress and the Senate, averting…
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Illinois’ healthcare system must expand to include evidence-informed services, specifically for young adults

Illinois’ current system of care has not adapted to meet the mental health needs of today’s youths and young adults. A vast and increasing number of 26 year-olds are still financially dependent on or living with their families. Similarly, the…
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Report: Illinois’ mental health crisis will linger until investments are made in mental health and substance use treatment services

Medicaid revisions – including early treatment for youth, and access to affordable mental healthcare and addiction treatment – are necessary to combat the state’s deadly substance use and mental health crisis. In a report released today, Thresholds, the state’s largest provider…
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