Category: Advocacy

Recommendations for Building a Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment System for Illinois

  Thresholds, Kennedy Forum Illinois, and NAMI Chicago issue joint recommendations for legislators; Governor-elect Pritzker Read the recommendations: Executive Summary (link) Full Report (link) Chicago, IL – Mental health and substance use treatment work. They just need to be accessible at the right time and in the right place. With stable housing, employment opportunities, support […]

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New Program Gives Justice-Involved Persons Living with Serious Mental Illness Free Legal Support

Justice-involved individuals living with serious mental illness now have access to civil legal assistance, thanks to a new partnership between Legal Council for Health Justice and Thresholds. Under the partnership, individuals with serious mental illness who are served by Thresholds’ Justice Program now have access to free, trauma-informed benefits advocacy. Individuals with serious mental illness […]

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Illinois Passes Short-Term Health Plans Law Safeguarding Consumers’ Health Coverage

SPRINGFIELD – Yesterday, Illinois healthcare advocates won a major victory in the fight to protect health coverage for those with pre-existing medical conditions. The Illinois General Assembly overrode Governor Rauner’s veto of a bill that will protect consumers by regulating short-term health insurance plans. The bill, SB1737, which will now become law, will limit short-term […]

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Thresholds’ Statement on 2018 Midterm Elections Results

On November 6th, Illinoisans joined voters around the country in casting their ballots for elected officials to represent them at the federal, state, and local levels. Voter turn-out in many parts of our state was at a record high. Thank you to all the Thresholds advocates who took time to cast your vote and make […]

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Bi-partisan Opioid Bill Expanding Access to Treatment Becomes Federal Law

This week, bi-partisan opioid legislation, called the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, was signed into law. We commend both parties and both houses of Congress for coming together to stem the devastating opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. The package improves access to treatment by establishing grants for comprehensive recovery centers, expanding access to medication […]

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