Category: Advocacy

Mark Ishaug: Reimaging Public Safety and Mental Health Crises

In a recent column in the Chicago Tribune, Clarence Page wrote about the tragic death of Daniel Prude and questions whether society asks too much of police. He is right to ask this question. At Thresholds, one of Illinois’ largest mental health and substance use treatment providers, we understand that tragedy can unfold when society […]

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Unequal: Black Access to Mental Health & Substance Use Services

“As a Black woman growing up in the projects of Chicago, life always felt like an uphill battle because of the barriers of systemic racism, police misconduct and violence in my community. While I was able to seize every opportunity for a better life, we must change the systems that have embedded inequality for Black […]

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Thresholds Statement on Racial Injustice

  In our work at Thresholds, every day, we are deeply committed to listening – to hearing our clients as they express anger, sadness, injustice, deep oppression and pain and alienation and fear. We know this is a critical component of beginning the process of recovery. We are listening and hearing the deep pain of […]

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Thresholds Statement on Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address

In yesterday’s budget address, Thresholds was thrilled to hear Governor Pritzker double down on the state’s investment in mental health and substance use treatment. The Governor proposed increasing state funding for treatment by $40 million. His continued commitment to rebuild Illinois’ mental health and substance use treatment system after a devastating budget impasse and decades […]

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Thresholds Statement on Governor Pritzker’s State of the State

In his State of the State address yesterday, Governor JB Pritzker highlighted many of the major accomplishments of his first year in office. These included passing a balanced budget that significantly increased funding for mental health and substance use treatment, raising the minimum wage to put workers on more solid economic ground, a commitment to […]

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