Kennedy Forum Illinois

Kennedy Forum Illinois The Kennedy Forum Illinois is a broad-based, united campaign to advance mental health and addiction policy, improve access to services, and combat stigma.
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Just as President Kennedy rallied the nation to dream big and set audacious goals 50 years ago, The Kennedy Forum in Illinois is working toward lasting change in the way mental health and addictions are considered and treated. OUR VISION: A future where all persons are treated with dignity and receive the person-centered mental and physical care and support they need to thrive and achieve their goals; with a health system that fully recognizes that the brain is part of the body. OUR MISSION: End stigma against mental health and substance use disorders. We are focused on changing both attitudes and practice. OUR WORK

• Elevate and improve the quality of the public
discourse and mass media coverage of mental
health and addiction;

• Ensure equal access and coverage of mental
health and substance use disorder care;

• Advance integration and coordination of
behavioral health care and prevention into the
general primary care medical system;

• Leverage innovation and technology to advance
and improve mental health/addiction interventions
and integration;

• Give children the best chance to succeed in life by
addressing brain health at an early age.

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A new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is highlighting major issues in mental health/addiction treatme...
05/04/2021
Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Parity Rules During Pandemic

A new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
report is highlighting major issues in mental health/addiction treatment access across the U.S., including billing issues, workforce shortages, racial inequality, and parity enforcement. #SupportHB2595 #HealthIsHealth

A report from the Government Accountability Office paints a picture of an already strained behavioral health system struggling after the pandemic struck to meet the treatment needs of millions of A…

Parity progress! Today, HB2595 passed the Illinois State House 114-0. This bill will save lives by requiring health plan...
04/22/2021

Parity progress! Today, HB2595 passed the Illinois State House 114-0. This bill will save lives by requiring health plans to follow generally accepted standards of care when making coverage decisions for mental health/addiction care. Health is Health Illinois #SupportHB2595 #HealthIsHealth ##supportsb697 #twill

Parity progress! Today, HB2595 passed the Illinois State House 114-0. This bill will save lives by requiring health plans to follow generally accepted standards of care when making coverage decisions for mental health/addiction care. Health is Health Illinois #SupportHB2595 #HealthIsHealth ##supportsb697 #twill

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04/22/2021

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Those with mental health and addiction challenges often forego care because it’s too costly or hard to find. A new guide from The Kennedy Forum and NAMI can empower consumers to hold their health plans accountable for equal coverage. https://bit.ly/3dDdGOw

"But while the number of suicides may have declined over all, preliminary studies of local communities in states like Il...
04/15/2021
U.S. Suicides Declined Over All in 2020 but May Have Risen Among People of Color

"But while the number of suicides may have declined over all, preliminary studies of local communities in states like Illinois, Maryland and Connecticut found a rise in suicides among Black Americans and other people of color when compared with previous years."

Despite dire predictions, the number of suicides fell by 5 percent over all. Still, smaller studies suggested the trends were much worse among nonwhite Americans.

04/05/2021

Employers: Do you understand the pros and cons of traditional employee assistance programs (EAPs)? Have you considered EAP alternatives such as onsite and digital mental health providers? Do you know how to collaborate with your health plan reps to ensure your employees have equal coverage of mental health and addiction care? Get the answers you need in our 3-part webinar series, starting April 15: https://bit.ly/3tO72u2

Between 16-24 and interested interested in policy change and advocacy for mental health? If so, we encourage you to appl...
04/05/2021
National Mental Health Advisory Board

Between 16-24 and interested interested in policy change and advocacy for mental health? If so, we encourage you to apply to join the new Young Advisory Board co-created by Well Being Trust, Young Invincibles, and Active Minds to collaborate on a mental health advocacy toolset for young adults! To learn more and apply, visit: activeminds.org/WBTadvisors.

Apply to be an advisor and inform national mental health policy.

“Despite the Parity Act, insurance providers across the county too often still discriminate against those suffering from...
03/29/2021
Making Mental Health Parity a Reality - The Challenge Continues | JD Supra

“Despite the Parity Act, insurance providers across the county too often still discriminate against those suffering from mental health conditions. That discrimination takes many forms. One way that insurers have narrowed the scope of coverage for serious mental health or substance abuse conditions is through the development and application of internal clinical ‘guidelines’ that an insured must satisfy to be eligible for insurance coverage.” #HealthIsHealthIL #SupportHB2595 #SupportSB697 #twill

Now more than ever, we are aware of the close interplay between mental and physical health. Historically, our health care system has too often turned...

The Illinois House Mental Health & Addiction Committee unanimously passed HB2595 today! Thank you! Health is Health Illi...
03/26/2021

The Illinois House Mental Health & Addiction Committee unanimously passed HB2595 today! Thank you! Health is Health Illinois #SupportHB2595 #SupportSB697 #HealthisHealthIL #twill

The Illinois House Mental Health & Addiction Committee unanimously passed HB2595 today! Thank you! Health is Health Illinois #SupportHB2595 #SupportSB697 #HealthisHealthIL #twill

Thank you Illinois House Mental Health & Addiction Committee for passing HB2595! We are proud to be part of the more tha...
03/26/2021

Thank you Illinois House Mental Health & Addiction Committee for passing HB2595! We are proud to be part of the more than 75 organizations advocating for mental health and addiction reforms everyone can agree on. Health is Health Illinois #SupportHB2595 #SupportSB697 #HealthisHealthIL #twill

Thank you Illinois House Mental Health & Addiction Committee for passing HB2595! We are proud to be part of the more than 75 organizations advocating for mental health and addiction reforms everyone can agree on. Health is Health Illinois #SupportHB2595 #SupportSB697 #HealthisHealthIL #twill

Please join us March 30, from 7-8pm for a candid conversation with providers and people with lived experience to talk ab...
03/23/2021

Please join us March 30, from 7-8pm for a candid conversation with providers and people with lived experience to talk about the mental health of our Black Americans. The conversation will be led by The Kennedy Forum Illinois Board Member, Professor Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW, and will include Jerry Douglas, LCSW, Tamika Hall, MSW, LCSW, MBA, and Tamica Hatchett, MSW. Join the conversation. Register here: http://bit.ly/TKFI-033021

Please join us March 30, from 7-8pm for a candid conversation with providers and people with lived experience to talk about the mental health of our Black Americans. The conversation will be led by The Kennedy Forum Illinois Board Member, Professor Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW, and will include Jerry Douglas, LCSW, Tamika Hall, MSW, LCSW, MBA, and Tamica Hatchett, MSW. Join the conversation. Register here: http://bit.ly/TKFI-033021

03/19/2021

Pleased to announce that Health is Health Illinois launches today, a campaign backed by more than 75 organizations, including The Kennedy Forum Illinois, to help make true mental health parity the law in IL. Read more here: http://healthishealth.us/ #HealthIsHealthIL #SupportSB697 #SupportHB2595

The cost of mental health care should not be your life savings. We are proud to join more than 75 organizations in launc...
03/18/2021

The cost of mental health care should not be your life savings. We are proud to join more than 75 organizations in launching Health is Health Illinois, a campaign to pass mental health and addiction care reforms everyone can agree on. #HealthIsHealthIL #SupportSB697 #SupportHB2595

The cost of mental health care should not be your life savings. We are proud to join more than 75 organizations in launching Health is Health Illinois, a campaign to pass mental health and addiction care reforms everyone can agree on. #HealthIsHealthIL #SupportSB697 #SupportHB2595

03/17/2021
Understanding and supporting the emotional health of Black children

How are Black children doing? How can parents and teachers understand and support the social and emotional health of Black children? These are questions and topics that don't often get the attention they deserve in research and practice. Join Dr. Orson Morrison, Psy.D. of DePaul University who reviews the data and best practices on supporting Black children. The event will end with a brief, guided meditation practice that encourages personal and collective reflection and action.

This program is made possible by funding through the Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board and in partnership with the Oak Park Elementary School District 97 and the Kennedy Forum of Illinois. This program is also offered in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of DePaul University's College of Science and Health.

Join us for our upcoming webinar: Understanding and supporting the emotional health of Black children, March 17, 6-7pm. ...
03/12/2021

Join us for our upcoming webinar: Understanding and supporting the emotional health of Black children, March 17, 6-7pm. Register: http://bit.ly/OTT031721

Join Dr. Orson Morrison, Psy.D. of DePaul University and The Kennedy Forum Illinois' Leadership Council as he reviews the data and best practices on supporting Black children.

Register: http://bit.ly/OTT031721

#mentalhealth #Mentalhealthequity

Join us for our upcoming webinar: Understanding and supporting the emotional health of Black children, March 17, 6-7pm. Register: http://bit.ly/OTT031721

Join Dr. Orson Morrison, Psy.D. of DePaul University and The Kennedy Forum Illinois' Leadership Council as he reviews the data and best practices on supporting Black children.

Register: http://bit.ly/OTT031721

#mentalhealth #Mentalhealthequity

Our Founder, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and MentalHealth America CEO Paul Gionfriddo joined Fox 32 Chicago ye...
03/03/2021
Pandemic's impact on mental health could long outlast virus

Our Founder, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and MentalHealth America CEO Paul Gionfriddo joined Fox 32 Chicago yesterday to discuss the mental health challenges following the pandemic. Take a look at the link>> https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/906040

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and mental health advocate Paul Gionfriddo talk about the importance of addressing mental health concerns brought on by the pandemic and list some of the resources you can turn to if you're not feeling like yourself.

We are excited to partner with The Chicago Community Trust and Illinois Department of Human Services  to encourage commu...
02/19/2021

We are excited to partner with The Chicago Community Trust and Illinois Department of Human Services to encourage community members across Illinois to engage in small conversations that build relationships and encourage action around mental health and racial equity to benefit the public good.

On the Table brings people together around a common purpose to listen to each other and learn from others’ experiences. These unprecedented and divisive times continue to challenge every one of us to see the humanity in each other. This year, we are partnering with #HealingIllinois, a racial healing initiative designed to promote dialogue, facilitate learning, encourage collaboration, and seed connections.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/OTT-TKFI

We are excited to partner with The Chicago Community Trust and Illinois Department of Human Services to encourage community members across Illinois to engage in small conversations that build relationships and encourage action around mental health and racial equity to benefit the public good.

On the Table brings people together around a common purpose to listen to each other and learn from others’ experiences. These unprecedented and divisive times continue to challenge every one of us to see the humanity in each other. This year, we are partnering with #HealingIllinois, a racial healing initiative designed to promote dialogue, facilitate learning, encourage collaboration, and seed connections.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/OTT-TKFI

Be sure to register for the Annual @MidwestBGH Feb 24 Forum on Mental & Behavioral Health moderated by our executive dir...
02/17/2021
Event Description - MBGH Main Site

Be sure to register for the Annual @MidwestBGH Feb 24 Forum on Mental & Behavioral Health moderated by our executive director, Cheryl Potts! Learn what employers are doing to ensure good health & high productivity within their workforce during this pandemic. #employers #mbghevents #mentalhealth #publichealth http://ow.ly/TZFa50DymfI

MBGH serves as one of the nation’s leading non-profit employer coalitions. Members are represented by human resource and health benefit professionals for over 130 mid, large and jumbo self-funded public and private companies who provide health benefits for more than 4 million lives and spend over ...

Excited to host another free mental health session with our great partners Hope For The Day. Tonight, 5-7pm CT. Registra...
02/10/2021

Excited to host another free mental health session with our great partners Hope For The Day. Tonight, 5-7pm CT. Registration link is below! Together we have reached hundreds of people to lessen stigma and normalize the way we talk about mental health and substance use. Join us!

https://hopefortheday.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lJcMJn7AS0CoWWC7emytkA

Excited to host another free mental health session with our great partners Hope For The Day. Tonight, 5-7pm CT. Registration link is below! Together we have reached hundreds of people to lessen stigma and normalize the way we talk about mental health and substance use. Join us!

https://hopefortheday.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lJcMJn7AS0CoWWC7emytkA

An excellent read for families coping with this difficult period of life.'"Parents should think about the different ways...
02/09/2021
How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

An excellent read for families coping with this difficult period of life.

'"Parents should think about the different ways adolescents might respond to stress," said Dr. Rebecca Leeb, a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who led a team on emotional well-being and mental health in the pandemic. Perhaps they are withdrawing and sleeping more; eating more or less; or trying drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

It’s also important to make sure that your own mental health is taken care of before you “jump in and start checking in on your kid’s mental health,” Dr. Moutier said. Find moments to relax and laugh, she said, and make sure to talk about how you’re maintaining your own wellness and resilience, so that you can acknowledge and model the importance of those coping strategies for your kids.'

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/06/well/family/suicidal-ideation-kids-resilience.html

Even when rates of suicidal ideation increase, there are ways to keep kids safe.

"After the pandemic hit the U.S., mental health-related doctors visits for kids between 12 and 17 years old increased ab...
02/08/2021
Is Remote Learning Causing A Mental Health Crisis Among Teens And Children?

"After the pandemic hit the U.S., mental health-related doctors visits for kids between 12 and 17 years old increased about 31% compared to 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also found an increase in children visiting the emergency room for mental health crises."

https://www.wbez.org/stories/depression-mental-health-crises-and-even-loss-of-toilet-training-are-on-the-rise-in-kids-as-the-pandemic-drags-on/a02f4f7d-045f-4da3-bf9a-5652b5021ba0

Depression, anxiety, weight gain and even loss of toilet training are on the rise in kids as the pandemic drags on.

We’re excited about the new mental health committee in the Illinois Senate! Thank you to the committee’s chair, State Se...
02/04/2021
Newly formed Illinois Senate committee prioritizes mental health amid pandemic

We’re excited about the new mental health committee in the Illinois Senate! Thank you to the committee’s chair, State Senator Laura Fine, the House committee chair, State Rep Deb Conroy, and all of the mental health and addiction champions in the Illinois General Assembly for working to ensure that all Illinoisans have access to mental health and addiction treatment.

Sen. Laura Fine named chair of Behavioral and Mental Health Committee

01/25/2021

2019 had the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, according to the CDC. As we enter a new year, if you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, don’t let illegal insurance denials of care stand in the way of getting help. Learn more: www.DontDenyMe.org #DontDenyMe

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There were many many proud moments during 2018 - and dozens more to come, we are sure. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to such a huge undertaking!
Answers for Mental pleas like and be a voice,
Hi all! My family and I run a non-profit foundation called the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation that established in memory of my brother, who passed away from a he**in overdose in January 2014. We raise money to combat Substance Abuse in the Chicago area. Most recently, we made a $1 Million donation to Lurie Children's Hospital to open a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Center, which will be the first of its kind and extremely needed in this area. On August 26th, we will be holding a bowling night at the Diversey River Bowl in Chicago to raise money to establish a fund to send kids and young adults to the Lurie Center that cannot afford it. We are hoping to save MANY lives through this event. We would love for you all to be there, and to bring your family and friends along! It's going to be an awesome night for an even better cause. All info and tickets can be found at www.jmffbowl.org. Thanks and we hope to see you there!