Children’s Mental Health Week: Goal 3 of the Children’s Mental Health Plan – Centralized Hub
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
|Over the past 17 months, ICMHP has worked with stakeholders from across the state to develop a systematic, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary plan that would address the needs of children, families, and communities. The Plan identifies 5 foundational goals to move the work forward. Today’s featured goal is Goal 3: Centralized Hub: Coordination, Need Assessment, and Innovation|
|GOAL 3: Develop, maintain, and ensure ongoing monitoring of a hub of programs, services, and policies easily accessible to the public to assist with navigation, resources, and funding.|
Through the input we received from youth, families, communities, and our workgroups, the need for increased education and outreach was paramount for any recommendation to be successful. But this need is more than just increased public awareness, acceptance, and de-stigmatization; it requires an expanded understanding and alignment of mental health and wellness across sectors as identified in our values. It also requires an overhaul of our support systems to provide the resources directly to communities to address these issues.
For Goal 3, we recommend the following immediate action steps:
1. Commission a study led by the above referenced coordinating entity and with the support of state agencies to create a set of consistent cross-sector quality measures that determine the mental health strength and/or vulnerability of children and families in a community.
2. Invest in technical assistance and infrastructure programs that allow communities to appropriately share data across child-serving sectors to ensure that the needs of the whole child are met.
3. Build an appropriate communication tool or platform that allows all citizens, as well as the professionals that serve them, to have access to the information necessary to find appropriate and available mental health services.
Meet Chi Chi Okwu
Executive Director, EverThrive Illinois
Promotion and Prevention Workgroup of the Children’s Mental Health Plan
Dr. Mary Iftner Dobbins is a Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIUSOM) in Springfield, where she serves as the Director of Behavioral Health and Integrated Care Initiatives for the SIU FQHC and as Medical Director of the SIU Survivor Recovery Center. Board certified in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, she has served on a number of boards and advisory committees throughout the state of Illinois. She is currently president of the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, and also worked for a number of years with the charter ICMHP.
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All week ICMHP will be sharing our milestones along the way in arriving at a comprehensive Illinois Children’s Mental Health Plan
We hope you stay well and connected,
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership