Expanding Illinois’ Statewide Mental Health Programs and Services Together
ICAAP is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health, and Family Services (IDPH, OWHFS), Illinois Title V Maternal and Child Health Program (IL Title V), and Illinois DocAssist (IDA) to expand Illinois’ existing statewide mental health programs and services.
Increasing the Volume of Consultation Services in Illinois
This expansion primarily focuses on increasing the volume of consultation services provided across the State, providing a multitude of mental health education and training opportunities to pediatricians and other primary health care professionals, and developing a stronger network of mental health resources and referrals accessible to providers serving pediatric patients and their families.
What's Happening in Illinois
New Effort to Strengthen Children’s Mental Health Care in Illinois
In November 2022, the Administration of Governor JB Pritzker announced it is launching a new state program designed to help pediatricians and other providers meet children’s mental health needs by strengthening mental health services in emergency departments and schools. The new program will focus on increasing the volume of consultation services provided across the state, providing a multitude of mental health education and training opportunities to physicians and health care professionals, and strengthening the network of mental health resources and referrals accessible to providers and their patients. It will also explore the feasibility of direct provider-patient telehealth service programs.
IL Blueprint for Transformation - A Vision for Improved Behavioral Healthcare for Illinois Children (February 2023)
The Transformation Initiative builds upon the substantial progress made by Illinois agencies to ensure that every young person experiencing mental or behavioral health problems can access needed services. By identifying and addressing current barriers to delivering efficient and effective care, the Transformation Initiative hopes to improve the State’s ability to offer families a set of streamlined, accessible, and responsive solutions.
The Governor empowered the Transformation Initiative to analyze systemic problems and, in collaboration with the six child-serving State agencies, to develop creative, evidence-driven solutions in order to achieve five goals:
- Adjust capacity—so that there are enough of the services we need
- Streamline processes—so that services can be easily accessed
- Intervene earlier—so that acute crises can be prevented
- Increase accountability—so that there is transparency in service delivery
- Develop agility—so that systems can be responsive to the changing needs of the youth population
Suicide Prevention Ambassadors
The AAP and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are partnering to establish a community of Suicide Prevention Ambassadors across the United States and Puerto Rico. Chapter ambassadors will be trained in strategies described in the Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention and work together to provide leadership and subject matter expertise, engage community members, and support chapter activities related to youth suicide prevention.
Meet our ICAAP Ambassadors.
- Nabil Abou Baker, MD, FAAP - University of Chicago
- Nicole Anania, DO, FAAP – Lurie
ICAAP ambassadors work closely with Phil Martinez, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention IL Chapter.
Mental Health Support for Your Family
If you have questions about the mental health and wellbeing of your infant, child, or teenage, do not hesitate to reach out to your regular pediatrician for more guidance. They are always happy to lend an ear and help you find the right pathway for your family! You can also learn more about infant and child mental health with these helpful resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
These resources share helpful tips and skills to:
- Manage anxiety
- Manage depression or sadness
- Manage disruptive or aggressive behavior
- Manage inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity
Learn more about mental health topics like:
- Emotional wellness
- Mental health concerns
- Promoting social emotional health
- Promoting resilience