Early Intervention Workgroup

Framework for Updated Plan

The plan will be developed through four workgroups. The workgroups are designed to address the unique needs that a child and their family face at different points of time on a mental health and wellness continuum and across systems. Their charge is as follows:

  • Create a series of cross-sector and interagency recommendations for how the State of Illinois can improve mental health and wellbeing for children and their families across the entire state. Each workgroup will incorporate the following themes in their recommendations: 1) diversity, equity, and inclusion 2) trauma 3) development and life course; 4) and needs in the public and private systems.



Early Intervention is tasked with developing recommendations focused on mental health concerns as early in life as possible when early signs or symptoms have emerged, including how to best target those children and families at greatest risk for significant mental, behavioral, or development disorders.




Early Intervention Areas of Action

  1. In Illinois, we will develop the appropriate criteria to identify children of all ages at risk for mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders and provide them with the necessary supports to prevent serious illness

2. In Illinois, we will provide quality training to all child-serving professionals on early signs and symptoms of mental health, behavioral, or developmental disorders for children, families, and communities.

3. In Illinois, we will integrate early supports and services into trusted community settings for all children, families, and communities identified in need of mental, behavioral, or developmental support.

Early Intervention Co-Chairs


Jennie Pinkwater, MNM *ICMHP Appointee
Executive Director
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP)

Kristine Argue-Mason, MPA

Executive Director
Partnership for Resilience


 Early Intervention Workgroup Members

*ICMHP Appointees

Icy Cade-Bell, MD

UChicago Medicine

Arturo Carrillo

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

*Colleen Cicchetti, PhD

Center for Childhood Resilience, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

*Betsy Clarke, JD

Juvenile Justice Initiative

Amanda Cunningham

Mid-State Special Education

*REshma Desai, MSW

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA)


Mary Dobbins, MD

SIU Medicine

Pfeffer Eisin


Marc Fagan, Psyd


*Gaylord Gieseke

Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition

Jolene Harbaugh, PSy.d.


Sherrie Harlow, MSed

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Aimee Hilado, Phd, LCSW


Kristen Kennedy

Healthcare and Family Services

Jennifer Martin, MSW

Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Promotion

Amanda Moreno, Phd

Erikson Institute

Mike Msall, Md

UChicago Medicine

Lori Orr, Phd


Jill reedy, ms

Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education (ROE) #39

Darren Reisberg, JD

Joyce Foundation

Carla Rubalcava, ba

Mikva Challenge

*Mary Satchwell, PHD

Illinois School of Professional Psychology; former president of Illinois School Psychologist Association (2019-2020)

Lesley Schwartz

DHS, Division of Family and Community Services

Barbara Shaw

Systems Expert

Vince Walsh-rock, phd, lcsw

Illinois School Counselor Association

Barbara Wilson, dmin

Presbytery of Chicago, alternate member of Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC)

*Paula Wolff, phd

Illinois Justice Project

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