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Brightening the Path for Youth Mental Health

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Illinois Children’s Mental Health Plan 2022-2027

Illinois’s children and families are facing a mental health crisis, one that has been building for years and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis forced the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) to act. We are pleased to announce the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Plan 2022-2027, developed through a systematic, comprehensive, interdisciplinary process to create new recommendations, goals, and strategies to ensure that Illinois continues to prioritize mental health and wellness.

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1 in 6 U.S. children aged 2-8 years (17.4%) had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.

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Suicide is the third leading cause of death for Illinois youth (ages 1-17) and young adults (ages 18-24).

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56% of Illinois youth with major depression do not receive services.

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Over 5,700 kids start vaping everyday.

Children’s Mental Health Plan 5 Goals


Goal 1:

Awareness, Acceptance, and Supports


Goal 2:

Coordination, Needs Assessment, and Innovation


Goal 3:

Centralized Hub


Goal 4:

Child-Serving Workforce


Goal 5:

Systems of Care

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Who We Are

In 2003, the Children’s Mental Health Act was passed, creating the ICMHP. We are a statewide public/private partnership consisting of each child-serving state agency, 25 experts representing a broad range of experiences, such as community mental health, children and family advocates, early childhood, education, health, substance abuse, violence prevention, and juvenile justice

Meet The Partnership

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Mental Health First Aid

In honor of May as Mental Health Month, ICMHP is thrilled to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) courses! ICMHP Executive Director Amanda Walsh (L) and Operations & Program Manager Julianna Mitrius (R) are pictured attending this year’s Mental Health First Aid Summit at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing conference on April 30!

Mental Health First Aid Courses

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Box 153
Chicago, Illinois 60611
| 312-227-8124