Summit Policy Positions

The Summit is in the process of developing detailed policy recommendations concerning the key issues in mental health policy.  The links below connect to those policies which have been developed.  However, the main problems in Illinois cut across all of these areas.  They are:

  • The lack of funding for mental health services.  We cannot fix the mental health system when we rank no better than 35th among the 50 states in per capita spending on mental health services.  The lack of funding for mental health services is caused in part by the state's structural funding problems.
  • The lack of coordination among mental health service providers.  Illinois needs a mental health authority with responsibility to insure continuity of care and accountability for outcomes as persons with mental illnesses are cared for in public and private hospitals, nursing homes, community agencies and in the criminal justice system. 

Current issues facing persons with mental illnesses in Illinois include:

Prevention of Mental Illnesses

(Update August 12, 2011)

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State Budget Fight

Updated: November 15, 2011

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Access to psychotropic medications

(Updated: December 5, 2011)

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Community mental health services

(Updated: October, 21, 2011)

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Inpatient psychiatric care

(Updated: December, 5, 2011)

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Mental Health Insurance Parity

(Updated: August 10, 2011)

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National Healthcare Reform

(Updated: October 17, 2011)

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Mental Health and Aging

(Updated: November 13, 2009)

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Recovery-Oriented Services

(Updated:  June 6, 2011)

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