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The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Innovative Strategies for Integrated Care

On June 21st, the Behavioral Health-Primary Care Integration Learning Collaborative—an interdisciplinary group of community behavioral health providers, federally qualified health care providers, and people in recovery—will engage audiences around the lessons learned in two years of the collaborative and aims to advance the discourse around state-wide mental health and Medicaid reforms.

“We have been working together to identify and adopt innovative strategies for behavioral health-primary care integration in Illinois. We’ll be sharing on-the-ground approaches to improve behavioral health services and address policy barriers. We hope to revitalize conversations around mental health and encourage further discussions.” - Sharon Post, Director of Long Term Care Reform
We invite you to join a diverse group of providers, advocates, policy makers, and people with lived experience to explore how the Learning Collaborative’s work can help advance state-wide reforms to improve the mental health system.

Members of the Learning Collaborative will lead a dialogue with invited participants from the House Mental Health Committee, officials from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Department of Human Services, and recovery and empowerment advocates from Next Steps, Gift of Voice, DBSA, and Access Living.

Date and Time: June 21, 2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Registration: $15 • Fee Waivers Available on request
Location: Loyola University Regents Hall (111 E. Pearson)

Online registration is now closed. We may have limited capacity to accept same-day registrations at the event.

Speakers & Attendees:
Speakers and panelists:
Sheila O’Neill, Vice President, Primary and Mental Health Care Integration
Debbie Pavick, Chief Clinical Officer, Thresholds
John Mayes, CEO, Trilogy
Gwenn Rausch, CEO, Heartland Health Centers
Matt Hammoudeh, Consultant to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Mary Talen, Director, Primary Care Behavioral Health Education, Northwestern Family Medicine Residency Program at Erie Family Health Center
Marvin Lindsey, CEO, Community Behavioral Healthcare Association

Recovery and Empowerment Advocates:
AJ French, Gift of Voice
Ron Otto
, Director of Recovery, Thresholds
Sue Atkinson
, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Lore Baker
, Statewide Housing & Employment First Coordinator, Illinois Department of Human Services
Diana Knaebe
, Director, Division of Mental Health, Illinois Department of Human Services

Mental Health Committee Reps:
Assistant Majority Leader Lou Lang
Representative Julianna Stratton
Representative Stephanie Kifowit

Additional Event Information
  • We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participants. Fee waivers are available upon request; simply email or call (312) 372-4292
  • Contact Health & Medicine at 312-372-4292 or with any requests for sign language interpretation, accessibility concerns, and any other questions regarding this forum.

Support for this event is provided by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Illinois and the Chicago Community Trust.

Thank you to our co-sponsors Loyola University’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy and the Civitas ChildLaw Center.