Healthy Minds Healthy Lives Coalition


The purpose of the Healthy Minds Healthy Lives Coalition is to develop a statewide advocacy campaign pushing for a full continuum of services for mental health and substance use conditions across the life span, focusing on the earliest point of intervention. The Coalition will advocate for improving private insurance coverage and practices as well as public sector investment in treatment, support services, and affordable housing.


The advocacy of our coalition focuses on a broad set of priorities for system change flexible enough to accommodate an evolving policy and legislative agenda, including:

  • Shift from crisis, triage-based system to prevention, early identification, and timely treatment
  • Build service capacity and increase access to care through rate reform and complimentary investments in housing and wrap-around supports
  • Create full, integrated continuum of care and support services across the lifespan
  • Improve insurance practices, coverage of proven treatments, and compliance with parity laws
  • Grow treatment workforce



ACLU Illinois ● AIDS Foundation of Chicago ● Centers for Human Services ● Chicago Leadership Council ● Children’s Home + Aid ● Christian County Mental Health Assn ● Corporation for Supportive Housing ● Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance ● Heartland Alliance ● Heartland Human Services ● IABH ● IARF ● Illinois Collaboration on Youth ● Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living ● Illinois Psychiatric Society ● Josselyn Center ● Kennedy Forum Illinois ● Legal Council for Health Justice ● Life Links ● Live4Lali ● Memorial Behavioral Health ● Mental Health America Illinois ● Mental Health Centers of Western Illinois ● Mental Health Summit ● Metropolitan Family Services ● NAMI Barrington Area ● NAMI Chicago ● NAMI Cook County North Suburban ● NAMI DuPage ● NAMI Northern Illinois ● NAMI Illinois ● NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago ● Next Steps ● ONE Northside ● Psychotherapy Action Network ● Rosecrance ● Sertoma Centre ● Shriver Center ● Sinnissippi ● Supportive Housing Providers Assn ● TASC ● Thresholds ● Trilogy ● Youth and Family Peer Support Alliance