December 17, 2018

Mental health and substance use treatment works. It just needs to be accessible at the right time and in the right place. With stable housing, employment opportunities, support in the community and proper treatment, people live full lives, like others living with other medical conditions.

NAMI Chicago, together with The Kennedy Forum Illinois and Thresholds, has issued a set of recommendations to Governor-elect Pritzker and members of the General Assembly to guide key policy priorities in 2019 and beyond. Prioritized over the next three years, these recommendations focus on:

Prioritizing Prevention and Early Treatment
Developing Services for People in a Mental Health or Substance Use Crisis
Ending Insurance Discrimination

View the Executive Summary or the full report.

February 28, 2018

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.

Helpline Dashboard

NAMI Chicago's helpline supports people looking for mental health services for themselves or others. We share information and resources so those that need it can find help. Our information is confidential, but we are able to report summary information about calls, which helps us assess critical gaps in the mental health system. View our quarterly reports below.