Category: Advocacy

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 attention to an important issue that goes overlooked far too often. But the need for […]

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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 a federal government shut-down. The $1.3 trillion budget funds government services through September 2018. We […]

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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 average age of marriage is 29 years old and increasing, signifying youth reaching their traditional […]

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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 of community mental health services, makes several recommendations for the path Illinois must take to […]

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President’s Opioid Plan Must Go Further

Last week, President Trump declared the deadly opioid crisis plaguing communities across the nation a public health emergency. We commend the President for shining a spotlight on this epidemic. Opioid addiction has skyrocketed in recent years and tragically so too have the related overdoses and deaths. The President highlighted his plans for addressing this critical […]

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