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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.

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 go

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 go

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The Kennedy Forum Illinois is excited to announce it is hosting a virtual spotlight series on August 8, 2022, featuring ...
08/02/2022

The Kennedy Forum Illinois is excited to announce it is hosting a virtual spotlight series on August 8, 2022, featuring Children’s Mental Health. The event will feature a panel of experts in the mental health, justice, and advocacy fields who will lead critical discussions about children’s mental health. Our panelists will touch on a variety of themes concerning mental health, including prevention and early intervention, early identification in school settings, and discourses around mental health and gun violence. Anyone interested in learning about children’s mental health, tools to identify onset of mental illnesses, and prevention advice is encouraged to attend.

Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions live and participate in conversations throughout the event.

Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/childrens-mental-health-panel-discussion-tickets-390642842257?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

Employers, Employees and all who are interested in resilience in the workplace. Join Kennedy Forum Illinois and our part...
06/20/2022
Workplace Resilience Conference 2022 | Workforce Resilience

Employers, Employees and all who are interested in resilience in the workplace. Join Kennedy Forum Illinois and our partners, sponsored by AT&T at a virtual conference tomorrow, June 21st https://www.workforce-resilience.org/workplace-resilience-conference-2022

The average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. This means that organizations have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact. Although not all employees have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, nearly everyone experiences mental or emotional challenge...

We had a very engaging discussion on May 25, 2022 focusing on rural mental health awareness and education. May is Mental...
06/01/2022
Mental Health in Rural America: Improving Access and Dismantling Barriers to Care in the Heartland

We had a very engaging discussion on May 25, 2022 focusing on rural mental health awareness and education. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there is no better time to address the needs as well as champion the efforts our rural communities are engaged in to address mental health. This discussion will focus on mental health in rural America and how we can improve access and eliminate barriers to essential mental health care.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3qWMHeisuk

We had a very engaging discussion on May 25, 2022 focusing on rural mental health awareness and education. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there is ...

Free Event – May 25th, at 6:00p.m. CT.May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there is no better time to address the ne...
05/17/2022

Free Event – May 25th, at 6:00p.m. CT.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there is no better time to address the needs as well as champion the efforts our rural communities are engaged in to address mental health. Please join us as we engage in discussion focusing on rural mental health awareness and education.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-in-rural-america-registration-330657173507

03/30/2022

Join the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity for Session 4 of their criminal justice and equity roundtable series on April 19 at 11am. Bard Prison Initiative Scholar Stephen Mathews will share his experience and perspective on reentry programs and reducing recidivism. Register here: bit.ly/3JmX232

03/08/2022

On March 16, Amy Kennedy and I will join Acenda Integrated Health for a roundtable discussion on critical issues in behavioral health, including evidence-based and promising practices, policy and advocacy, and payment models. Register to join us here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d4I8gUlsSB6Mx2QyQEvPkg

Mark Ishaug, one of the founding board members of The Kennedy Forum Illinois was honored today with the George Schwab Di...
03/08/2022

Mark Ishaug, one of the founding board members of The Kennedy Forum Illinois was honored today with the George Schwab Distinguished Service Award at the 2022 Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH) Conference. Congratulations to Mark! We are grateful for your exceptional leadership and service.

03/08/2022

Join the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity for the third installment of their five-part series on criminal justice. “Trauma-Informed Systems for Justice-Involved Populations,” will take place on March 15th at 11am ET. Registration is free and open to the public: https://t.co/hvtF651wKe

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02/13/2022

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The 2022 theme for focuses on Black health and wellness. According to , this theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.

We encourage you to follow accounts for Black mental health to learn more and find resources for yourself and your community:⠀
The Movement for Black Lives
The Steve Fund
AAKOMA PROJECT
Sonya Renee Taylor
Dr. Erlanger "Earl" Turner, Psychologist
Check Your Privilege
Healing While Black
Therapy For Black Girls
Minaa B., LMSW
Decolonizing Therapy
Dr. Alfiee
Kojo Sarfo
Healing Black Women
Ash Johns
QTPoC Mental Health
Rwenshaun
BLKHLTH
Melanin & Mental Health
Black Girls Smile
Inclusive Therapists
The Nap Ministry
Mental-Hop
Boris L Henson Foundation
The Loveland Foundation
InnoPsych

This is certainly not an exhaustive list and we encourage you to tag some of your favorite Black mental health organizations, creators, and accounts in the comments!

Learn more about mental health issues in the Black and African American communities: https://bit.ly/3ocC2U6

Dr. Teresa Garate, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement on WGN-TV Daytime Chicago, shares the impo...
02/11/2022
Reducing the Stigma of Addiction

Dr. Teresa Garate, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement on WGN-TV Daytime Chicago, shares the importance of reducing the stigma around substance use disorder. Watch the full clip here: https://hubs.la/Q013X1_L0.
You can visit the Kennedy Forum Illinois website at https://lnkd.in/dBF_8Jm9 to learn about ending stigma!

Sponsored by The Gateway Foundation There are many obstacles to overcoming addiction and one of the biggest hurdles, is stigma. I spoke with Senior Vice President of Gateway Foundation, Teresa Gara…

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02/10/2022

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Our 2022 IN-VALUE-ABLE Conference Series picks back up tomorrow at 11 AM EST. Check out the full speaker lineup here: http://ow.ly/feWr50HEHwv

02/03/2022

Learn how we can improve the way addresses the needs of justice-affected individuals at the Kennedy-Satcher’s Center for upcoming virtual roundtable event: https://bit.ly/3rPGkSt

“When a drug-free therapy for treatment-resistant depression receives breakthrough device designation from the FDA, we n...
01/12/2022
A Moonshot for Inner Space | Patrick J Kennedy

“When a drug-free therapy for treatment-resistant depression receives breakthrough device designation from the FDA, we need to pay attention—and push for access. By shortening the gap between breakthrough science and routine care, we can save countless lives.” Patrick J. Kennedy
https://www.patrickjkennedy.net/blog/a-moonshot-for-inner-space/?fbclid=IwAR06_PZS6IsoyZTXHZiNgjWUmd_Le8h63snY7SsUu9PtmYxn58N1UQFXNCk

Nearly a decade has passed since I founded The Kennedy Forum with what I believed was an uncontroversial aim: to reunite the brain with the rest of the organs of the human body when it comes to the way we research, treat and insure health care.

Join us this afternoon for an important conversation about medical necessity and other crucial pieces of MH/SUD treatmen...
11/16/2021
Insurance Claims: Empowering Your Clients for Coverage

Join us this afternoon for an important conversation about medical necessity and other crucial pieces of MH/SUD treatment.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Austen Riggs Center

This program is presented in partnership between The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The…

11/12/2021

Join us today at 2pm ET to hear insights from expert panelists about schools’ roles in addressing the immediate mental health needs of youth, instilling critical social-emotional learning skills, and more. Register here: https://bit.ly/3krC3BW

11/11/2021

Join us this Friday, 11/12 to hear from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and other leaders in the field about how schools across the U.S. can address the immediate mental health needs of students & bolster mental health services long-term. Register for free: https://bit.ly/2ZS7aPv

We need your help ensuring a critical mental health and addiction parity provision is included in the Build Back Better ...
10/28/2021
Build Back Better - Inseparable

We need your help ensuring a critical mental health and addiction parity provision is included in the Build Back Better Act. Click the link below to tell your U.S. Senator to support equal coverage for mental health and addiction care today!

Take Action today to improve mental heatlh care access for Californians.

Day Two of our Annual Meeting is today! From 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT we will continue the conversation around Mental Health E...
10/13/2021

Day Two of our Annual Meeting is today! From 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT we will continue the conversation around Mental Health Equity. Joining us will be talk show host Andy Cohen, silver medalist Raven Saunders, and more! Head to the event website to learn more and watch the stream: https://thekennedyforumlive.org/

Still time to register for two (free) virtual sessions, 10/6 & 10/13 from 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT that will address the urgen...
10/04/2021

Still time to register for two (free) virtual sessions, 10/6 & 10/13 from 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT that will address the urgent need for more thoughtful, accurate communications about mental health and addiction that can open minds, connect communities, and empower policymakers. Speakers include news anchors, movie producers, athletes, authors, journalists, reporters, social media influencers, mental health experts, and people with lived experience.

Learn more: https://thekennedyforumlive.org/

Raven Saunders, U.S. Olympic shot putter and Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, will join media personality LZ Granderson for a...
10/02/2021

Raven Saunders, U.S. Olympic shot putter and Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, will join media personality LZ Granderson for a candid conversation at The Kennedy Forum Annual Meeting. Raven competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, placing fifth in the shot put. She has won three NCAA collegiate titles, was Pan American junior champion in 2015, and was Gatorade’s 2013-14 National Girls Track & Field Player of the Year. Despite her accomplishments, it is the person away from the field that separates Raven from the competition. She is a fierce advocate for mental health and speaks candidly about navigating personal struggles.

Register: https://thekennedyforumlive.org/

Lz Granderson Raven Hulk Saunders

We are well into the age of the 24-hour news cycle. Information streams constantly through our digital devices, day and ...
09/27/2021

We are well into the age of the 24-hour news cycle. Information streams constantly through our digital devices, day and night. It’s no longer necessary to seek out news—it’s fed to us through sophisticated algorithms. Are these advancements enhancing our lives OR creating a new kind of addiction that negatively impacts our mental health? You won’t want to miss a special panel at the The Kennedy Forum Annual Meeting featuring experts from The Social Dilemma, a hit docudrama that analyzes social media's ability to nurture addiction, manipulate people, and make us all question the “truth.”

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/OurWordsMatter2021

09/22/2021

Session announcement! Register for our free 2-day Annual Meeting to be part of the conversation, “Our digital reckoning: A deep-dive into mental health in the media,” featuring NBC News' Kate Snow, The Carter Center's Kari Cobham, The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma's Bruce Shapiro, and Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug. https://bit.ly/3n1LOIP

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to be part of the conversation, “Our digital reckoning: A deep-dive into mental hea...
09/16/2021

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to be part of the conversation, “Our digital reckoning: A deep-dive into mental health in the media.” The panel discussion, moderated by Mark Ishaug, will feature Kate Snow, Bruce Shapiro, and Kari Cobham, as they unpack the way mental illness and substance use are portrayed in the media, what got us to this critical moment, and the benefits of finally pulling the topic of brain health out of the shadows and into the headlines.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/OurWordsMatter2021

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to hear from former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum, i...
09/09/2021

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to hear from former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum, in a fireside chat with Andy Cohen. Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author best known as the host and executive producer of Emmy-Nominated “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/OurWordsMatter2021

Register now for two (free) virtual sessions, 10/6 & 10/13 from 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT that will address the urgent need for more thoughtful, accurate communications about mental health and addiction that can open minds, connect communities, and empower policymakers. Speakers include news anchors, movie producers, athletes, authors, journalists, reporters, social media influencers, mental health experts, and people with lived experience.

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Today at 6pm CT Amy Kennedy will join Kennedy Forum Illinois for a discussion and Q&A on school-based approaches to youth mental health. Register here for this free virtual event:
Aug 8 Amy Kennedy will join Kennedy Forum Illinois to discuss the systems we need to support mental wellness for children & youth through stronger school-based approaches. Panelists will also answer questions live! Register here for this free virtual event:
“Lawsuits won’t solve this problem.” Joe Feldman, Kennedy Forum Illinois board member, weighs in on the need to enforce the Federal Parity Act, rather than leaving consumers with no choice but to take legal action when wrongfully denied MH/SUD coverage.
Clinicians: learn more about “letters of medical necessity” and other critical tools in the fight for equal insurance coverage of MH/SUD treatment during this free event presented by Kennedy Forum Illinois, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, & Austen Riggs Center.
Join Kennedy Forum Illinois, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Austen Riggs Center for “Insurance Claims: Empowering your clients for coverage,” Nov. 16 at 1pm ET. Panelists will discuss best practices for client reimbursement and insurance coverage. Free to register:
“If I go to get treatment for a broken leg, my health insurance pays for it and covers it, no questions…It should be the same if go to doctor and suffer from depression or anxiety or have an addiction.” - The Kennedy Forum Illinois' director of policy David Applegate weighs in on the passage of HB2595.

Read more about HB2595, which advances access and equity in mental health care, here: https://bit.ly/3zidhJz
If people with mental illness and people with physical illness have equal denials of care, that would be parity, but do we accept it? Of course, we do not. We continue to fight for national single-payer until we have it and then until we implement guaranteed access to all necessary care with no financial barriers or burdens for every person in this country. Medicare for All
Amy Kennedy and I will be among the panelists at Kennedy Forum Illinois’ 8/30 event discussing the mental health impact of the upcoming school year. Join us live at 2pm ET. Register https://bit.ly/3ktQTXP
Our teachers are working hard and getting excited for the upcoming school year! Stay cool today, SJDLS family! We love partnering with Big Shoulders Fund Maternity BVM and the Kennedy Forum Illinois!
New column in in Journal of Psychiatric Practice by Kennedy Forum Illinois leadership offers guidance to help patients secure insurance coverage of medically necessary treatment for mental health and addiction challenges.
Please join us July 15 for Beyond Employee Assistance Programs: How Can Organizations Take Care of Those Takin Care of Others, a webinar in partnership with Kennedy Forum Illinois. The event is free to attend, and registration info is below.
Join me Monday 6/7 at 2pm ET for this live Kennedy Forum Illinois discussion on the future of mental healthcare.
“There's clearly elevated need for care in vulnerable communities and populations are being disproportionately impacted. But it is these same communities that are oftentimes least equipped to fight back when their insurer denies them the needed treatment.” - Kennedy Forum Illinois director of state policy David Applegate
Please consider joining this valuable conversation about the future of mental healthcare hosted by our allies at Kennedy Forum Illinois. Monday, June 7 @ 1PM CST. Link to join in post. Thank you for being an for .
The cost of mental health care should not be your life savings. Live4Lali is proud to join more than 75 organizations in launching HealthIsHealth Illinois, a campaign to pass mental health care reforms everyone can agree on. Thank you Kennedy Forum Illinois for your tireless efforts in mental health parity.
In case you missed yesterday's event hosted by the Kennedy Forum Illinois, click below to watch and hear from our Founder & CEO Liz Dozier, along with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and other impactful leaders regarding injustices with Black Americans and mental healthcare.
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