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. 

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. A scan of diversion programs in Illinois was developed as a starting point for this work. The Mental Health Diversion Programs Best Practice Guide describes current programs in Illinois and nationally, looking at the commonalities among these programs.