Julie Callahan and family

Paige Pfleger/WOSU

May 23, 2019 - News Local/State

Custody Or Care: Ohio May Help Parents Deal With Mental Illness

Across the United States, parents of children with severe mental health issues can face an excruciating decision: If they can't afford costly healthcare, they may have to sign over custody to the state. That way, the government will pay for the child's care. Now those parents are fighting for change, and a chunk of Ohio's budget.


Portrait photo of Karina Villa.

Jonathan Laureano

March 20, 2019 - News Local/State

Rookie Lawmaker Making Mental Health A Priority

State Rep. Karina Villa is a 40-year-old Democrat representing West Chicago. She's one of dozens of fresh faces at the Illinois State Capitol this year and also one of seven lawmakers in the House of Representatives whose election flipped a red seat blue -- from Republican to Democrat.


Joliet Treatment Center

Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

January 23, 2019 - News Local/State

Prisoners With Mental Illness Still Waiting For Treatment

A settlement was reached with Illinois inmates in 2016, when the state agreed to revamp mental health care and provide better treatment. But a federal judge has ruled that care remains “grossly insufficient” and “extremely poor.” The agency has not hired enough mental health staff to provide care to everyone who needs it, and inmates will mental illness suffer as they continue to wait for long-overdue treatment.


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