Joliet Treatment Center
Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media
January 23, 2019

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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lonely winter
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December 18, 2018

Experts Offer Tips For Coping With Holiday Stress

Stress is a normal part of life. And there’s even such thing as a “good” level of stress that keeps us going, according to psychology researchers Sanda and Florin Dolcos at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. But severe stress can interfere with day-to-day living, and this can be particularly challenging during the holiday season, they say.

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Pontiac Correctional Center
WGLT
December 07, 2018

Court Monitor: To Change 'Culture Of Abuse' In Illinois Prisons, First Help Traumatized Staff

In a report filed in federal court earlier this week, court-appointed monitor Dr. Pablo Stewart said he’s “absolutely convinced” mentally ill inmates are abused by staff at the Pontiac Correctional Center. He said the abusive behavior is inexcusable—but it’s also important to understand the context for it if there's to be any hope for real change.

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