mental health

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The man in charge of the Cook County Jail says correctional facilities can do a much better job dealing with inmates who have mental health issues. Sheriff Tom Dart spoke to the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford last night about his decade of efforts to support people with mental illnesses who end up in his jail. Dart says budget cuts for mental health programs have made things more difficult. “The majority of these people we deal with, if given the opportunity to work with a program...

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SwedishAmerican announced a $70,000 donation for Rosecrance's behavioral health program. Rosecrance recently threatened to close its mental health triage center because of the Illinois' budget impasse. Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican, says the stopgap budget isn't enough to keep those services afloat. "We know that the long term sustainable answer though, is going to have to come most likely from the legislature," Gorski said. Gorski says the Rockford-area health facility is...

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Illinois students could see a new form to sign when they start college -- one that would allow mental health information to be disclosed to their parents. Michael Predmore knew his son Chris was going through a tough time. But he didn’t know Chris tried to kill himself months before he died from suicide. Chris Predmore’s counselor at Illinois State University knew, but wasn’t able to let his parents know because of privacy laws. Michael Predmore says knowing could have made all the difference...

During his inauguration speech, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced a new mission -- figuring out what Illinois can do to prevent violence, like mass shootings at schools. A bipartisan task force formed to study the issue will meet for the first time today in Chicago. Listen to an extended portion of Amanda Vinickys conversation with chairman of a violence prevention task force, Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, about the barriers that keep some children from getting mental health...

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The state of Illinois has taken another step toward regulating who may get a concealed-carry permit. The Department of Human Services has created an on-line database for mental health professionals to report people who pose a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

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