In 2017, NAMI Chicago was appointed co-chair of the Illinois Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force (Public Act 99-0894), focused on enhancing diversion services for justice involved youth living with mental health conditions. The Task Force released the final report on February 28, 2018.

STEMMING THE TIDE: Diverting Youth with Mental Health Conditions from the Illinois Juvenile Justice System

The Task Force began their work with a scan of diversion programs as a starting point. The Mental Health Diversion Programs Best Practice Guide describes the programs operating at the beginning of 2017 in Illinois and nationally, looking at the commonalities among these programs.

NAMI Chicago's 2015 white paper, Making the Case for Funding and Supporting Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Illinois, explores the state of Illinois' public mental health system, the ability of the system to provide recovery-promoting services, and how to build a better system for the future.