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Mental Health Task Force | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts

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 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

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

Action Plan Major Activities and Progress Report – May 2023

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:

Events & Announcements

Title Date and Time Event Overview
Orders for Detention and Examination: The Writ Process June 13, 2023, Noon – 1:30 p.m.  
ICAHN End the Stigma: Addressing Substance Use Disorder June 27, 2023 The 2023 ICAHN Opioid Conference, End the Stigma: Addressing Substance Abuse Disorder, will be Tuesday, June 27 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign. Expert presenters and panels will discuss action steps you can use today to improve outcomes in your community. Special focus will be on supporting the lived experience.
Navigating Involuntary Admission Hearings July 11, 2023, Noon – 1:30 p.m.  
Involuntary Treatment Proceedings August 8, 2023, Noon – 1:30 p.m.  
Continuity of Mental Health Care through Advance Directives September 12, 2023, Noon – 1:30 p.m.