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Community conversation about mental illness and substance use

3/25/2019, 10:30 p.m.
thetimesweekly.com Local experts will discuss the need for mental illness and substance use treatment and how legislation and policy can ...

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Local experts will discuss the need for mental illness and substance use treatment and how legislation and policy can help expand resources available in Will County. Senator Michael Hastings will talk about two bills he is sponsoring: Senate Bill 1715 allows pharmacists with extra training to administer mental health drugs by injection and Senate Bill 1716 will require managed care groups cover the costs of prescription medications recognized as treatment. Both bills respond to the urgency of the mental health and substance use crisis in Illinois.

Senator Hastings (Dist. 19) along with Scott Hullinger, CEO, Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, Dr. Kathleen Burke, Director/Will County Executive Office of Substance Use Initiatives, Laurie Summer, Chair of the Will County Board Public Health and Safety Committee, and Dr. Jyoti Randhawa, Chief Medical Officer, Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital will be the presenters.

Laurie Summers will explain how the county board works with the State on important legislation relating to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Dr. Burke will talk about specific programs in the county and Scott Hullinger and Dr. Randhawa will talk about the services available at Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital.

The community conversation will take place Saturday March 30, 2019, from 10am to 12pm at Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd. Joliet, IL

This free event is sponsored by the Illinois State Senate, Will County, Silver Cross

Hospital and Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital.