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Illinois Mental Health Task Force Action Plan:
A Continuous Call to Action

An Action Plan for Who?

The Illinois Mental Health Task Force Action Plan was approved by the Illinois Supreme Court, to serve as a guide for the Illinois Courts, communities, agencies, institutions, and organizations as together, we seek to improve the justice system response to individuals living with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.

This plan may also be useful for policy and decision makers to identify areas of opportunity at the intersection of justice and behavioral health systems

How to Use the Action Plan?

Illinois Mental Health Task Force Action Plan

While the Action Plan serves as an initial roadmap for improving the community, court, and justice system response to individuals living with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders, it is not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive.

In the absence of a rigid model and specific requirements, stakeholders are free to discover and develop innovative strategies to meet the needs of their communities and systems.

The recommendations can be used to formulate more specific goals, objectives, and responses that can be pursued by individual stakeholders and systems.

Cross-Sector collaboration is not only encouraged among stakeholders and systems but serves as the foundation of the Action Plan.

Action Plan Overview

Courts are in a unique position to lead change by following the recommendations and using the resources developed by the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness and the Illinois Mental Health Task Force Action Plan to bring communities together to communicate, collaborate, and improve public health and safety.

The Action Plan includes recommendations specific to the following activities and Intercepts:

  • Courts as Conveners and Leaders
  • Training Opportunities Across Intercepts
  • Awareness Across Intercepts
  • Intercepts Zero and One – Community Services and Law Enforcement
  • Intercept Two – Initial Detention and Court Hearings
  • Intercept Three – Jails/Courts
  • Intercept Four – Reentry
  • Intercept Five – Community Corrections

Technical Assistance

  • Our Illinois Mental Health Task Force team facilitates virtual or in-person meetings between judges, mental or behavioral health providers, lawyers, and other stakeholders to identify and share information, resources, and evidence-based/best practices across the Sequential Intercept Model.
  • The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Statewide Behavioral Health Administrator provides technical assistance to support emerging or existing behavioral health and justice coordinating councils, task forces, and community coalitions.
  • To request assistance, please email: sblock@illinoiscourts.gov


Events & Announcements

Title Date and Time Event Overview
Action Plan Feb 2, 2023 12:00 p.m. CT Supported by a grant from the State Justice Institute, the National Center for State Courts assisted the Illinois Mental Health Task Force in using the information gained through these activities, along with extensive reviews of relevant research, to develop an “Action Plan.” The Action Plan embraces the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM)*, developed by Mark Munetz, MD, and Patricia Griffin, PhD, in conjunction with the SAMHSA’s GAINS Center.

Regional Councils

To lead the Illinois change initiative, the Task Force chose to develop judicially led, multidisciplinary Regional Councils within each Illinois Department of Human Services state hospital catchment area. The Regional Councils meet on a quarterly basis to identify and share information, resources, and gaps across the Sequential Intercept Model.
 

 Regional Council

Region 1 Council

Region 1 Council and Resource Mapping Workshops - Next Meeting Date: TBD Spring 2023

January – May 2022
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Region 2 Council

Region 2 Council and Resource Mapping Workshops - Next Meeting Date: TBD Spring 2023

Second Tuesday of the Month
January – May 2022 
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

  • April 12, 2022
  • May 10, 2022

Region 3 Council

Region 3 Council and Resource Mapping Workshops - Next Meeting Date: TBD Spring 2023

Third Wednesday of the Month
January – May 2022
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

  • April 20, 2022
  • May 25 at 12:15 PM

Region 4 Council

Region 4 Council and Resource Mapping Workshops - Next Meeting Date: TBD Spring 2023

Second Wednesday of the Month
January – May 2022
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

  • April 13, 2022
  • May 11, 2022

Region 5 Council

Region 5 Council and Resource Mapping Workshops - Next Meeting Date: TBD Spring 2023

Third Thursday of the Month
January – May 2022
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

  • April 21, 2022
  • May 19, 2022