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February 20, 2018

Despite Law, 'Planned Abandonment' Persists As Last Resort For Troubled Families

A law passed in 2014 was supposed to ensure Illinois families no longer have to give up custody of their children in order to get them necessary mental health treatment. Even so, for years families with no other options have been forced to abandon their children to get them the help they need, and legislators say state agencies are to blame.

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Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr joins Gov. Bruce Rauner, and other officials in promoting Illinois' attempt to expand services available to Medicaid recipients.
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October 17, 2016

Minding The Mental Health Gap

Mental health centers were decimated during Illinois’ extended budget stalemate. Illinois is moving forward with plan to extend and expand behavioral health services to people who couldn't otherwise afford it, in a way that officials say will be cost-neutral to taxpayers. 

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