For more than 100 years, Mental Health America of Illinois has been the leading non-profit, non-governmental, statewide organization in Illinois concerned with the entire spectrum of mental and emotional disorders.
MHAI is dedicated to promoting mental health, working for the prevention of mental illness and improving care and treatment for persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders.
27th Annual Gold Bell Gala: Join MHAI for our signature annual event, the 27th Annual Gold Bell Gala on Saturday, March 8 at 7pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. Purchase Tickets Now By Clicking Here!
MHAI is proud to announce that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart will be an honored guest as the recipient of the 2014 Mental Health Advocate of the Year Award. Sheriff Dart is an outspoken voice for addressing the growing problem of shuffling those with mental illnesses through the prison system instead of getting them the proper care and treatment they need to become productive members of our communities. Sheriff Dart has recently been featured on several media outlets including CNN, The Wall Street Journal and 60 Minutes alerting the public about this growing crisis.
Approximately 2,000 people housed in Cook County Jail on any given day have a treatable mental illness, making it the largest mental health facility in the country. Sheriff Dart has been working with community leaders and mental health providers to develop programs to screen and divert those with diagnosed mental illnesses to community based mental health services. As a partner in these efforts, MHAI firmly believes that with proper community support and services, along with mental health education, prevention, and early intervention, we can help those with mental illnesses get the care and treatment they need before they cycle through our jail and prison systems.
In an article in the New York Times Sunday Review Column on February 8 by Nicholas Kristoff titled ‘Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail’, Sheriff Dart says of the growing crisis, “It’s criminalizing mental illness,” “We’ve systematically shut down all the mental health facilities, so the mentally ill have nowhere else to go. We’ve become the de facto mental health hospital.” This article can be found by clicking here.
Also being honored at the 27th Annual Gold Bell Gala is The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (www.icmhp.org) for leadership in advancing children’s mental health, and Carol Gall, former Executive Director of Mental Health America of Illinois for excellence in leadership and service. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets contact: Dave Kunicki, Director of Development at: 312-368-9070×327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mental Health Empowerment Project
MHAI is excited to introduce its newest initiative, the Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP). MHEP expands MHAI’s public education efforts and connects the community with learning and networking opportunities, including the availability of free CEUs . The goal of MHEP is to provide mental health providers with the most up-to-date information and tools to successfully treat their clients, as well as to empower consumers to live successful and productive lives.
To learn more about the Mental Health Empowerment Project, please click here.