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Reform Care for Mentally Ill

The Chicago Tribune‘s Compromised Care series has sparked new interest in ways the state could improve care for people who are severely mentally ill. The Illinois Psychiatric Society believes that Illinois should overhaul how it provides care for people who are severely mentally ill by redirecting its funding to programs that are proved to help. They have recommended many changes. This includes allocating the vast majority of state and federal funds to agencies that provide community-based care. The Illinois Department of Mental Health must certify more community mental health centers. It is important that funding for treating the severely mentally ill is being well-spent. Individuals who have a violent criminal history and who are severely mentally ill should be housed in an appropriate setting that keeps the community and the individual safe. To read more about the steps to help protect the mentally ill residents living in Illinois nursing homes, please click the link.