Below is a list of statewide committees and initiatives that the ILAIMH has formal representation on, but that you may also participate in as an individual or organization.
Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP)
The ICMHP is the only statewide, public/private partnership of policymakers and advocates in Illinois committed to improving the scope, quality, and access of mental health programs, services, and supports for children. It was created by the Children’s Mental Health Act in 2003 to convene the child-serving state agencies, parents, youth, policymakers, providers, and advocates to identify needs and gaps, and recommend innovative solutions to improve children’s mental health in Illinois. Moreover, ICMHP is responsible for developing and monitoring the implementation of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Plan. Members of the Full Partnership must be appointed, however committee membership is open to the general public.
- Children’s Behavioral Health Integration Initiative Committee
- Early Childhood Committee
- Advocacy Committee
- School Age Policies and Practices Committee
Mental Health Consultation Initiative
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership is working closely with numerous public and private partners to design a multi-year expansion initiative that advances the goal of a universal, effective, and sustainable infant/early childhood mental health consultation model in Illinois, with an expanded qualified workforce. This initiative will strengthen the capacity of early childhood professionals, families, programs and systems to prevent, identify, treat and reduce the impact of mental health problems among infants and young children.
The initiative officially launched on September 1, 2015. Phase III of the MHC Initiative began on October 1, 2017 and will last until March 31, 2020. This 30-month phase will include a pilot project that will pilot and evaluate the Illinois I/ECMHC Model and Workforce Development Plan in three different child-serving systems, across four communities. Additionally, a cross-sector Leadership Team will continue to work on issues related to expansion and sustainability throughout Phase III.
Early Learning Council (ELC)
A public-private partnership created by Public Act 93-380, strengthens, coordinates and expands programs and services for children, birth to five, throughout Illinois. With a membership including senior state officials and non-government stakeholders appointed by the Governor (but meetings are open to the public), the Early Learning Council builds on current programs to ensure a comprehensive, statewide early learning system (preschool, child care, Head Start, health care and support programs for parents) to improve the lives of Illinois children and families. Members of the Full ELC must be appointed, however all meetings are open to the general public and committee/subcommittee membership is open.
Committees and Subcommittees:
- Executive Committee
- Access Committee
- All Families Served Subcommittee
- Family Engagement Subcommittee
- Home Visiting Task Force
- Integration and Alignment Committee
- Data, Research, and Evaluation Subcommittee
- Health Subcommittee
- Inclusion Subcommittee
- Community Systems Development Subcommittee
- Quality Committee
Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition (ICTC)
The ICTC is a voluntary collaboration of organizations that are committed to applying a trauma lens to their efforts on behalf of families and children in the state. Founded in 2005, the Coalition is made up of more than 80 public, private, clinical, research, advocacy and educational institutions. With a diversity of disciplines and perspectives, the Coalition tracks emerging trends, promotes education among professionals and the public, and offers support to a broad network of agencies that work with and for children and families who experience trauma.
- Workforce Development Committee
- Refugee and Immigrant Committee
IL Interagency Council on Early Intervention (IICEI)
The Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention (IICEI or Council) is a required Governor-appointed board per federal and state statute. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), through its Bureau of Early Intervention (EI), is designated as the lead agency to provide leadership in establishing and implementing the coordinated, comprehensive, interagency and interdisciplinary system of EI services. The Bureau is also responsible for ensuring all of the Council’s responsibilities are fulfilled.
As defined in the EI Services System Act, the members of the IICEII shall:
- Advise and assist the lead agency in the performance of its responsibilities including but not limited to the identification of sources of fiscal and other support services for early intervention programs, and the promotion of interagency agreements which assign financial responsibility to the appropriate agencies;
- Advise and assist the lead agency in the preparation of applications and amendments to applications;
- Review and advise on relevant regulations and standards proposed by the related State agencies;
- Advise and assist the lead agency in the development, implementation and evaluation of the comprehensive early intervention services system; and
- Prepare and submit an annual report to the Governor and to the General Assembly on the status of early intervention programs for eligible infants and toddlers and their families in Illinois.
Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives Coalition
The purpose of the Healthy Minds Healthy Lives Coalition is to develop a statewide advocacy campaign pushing for a full continuum of services for mental health and substance use conditions across the life span, focusing on the earliest point of intervention. The Coalition will advocate for improving private insurance coverage and practices as well as public sector investment in treatment, support services, and affordable housing.