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You’re invited to our 2018 Annual Public Policy Forum, bringing together the mental health and substance use treatment communities including advocates, providers, lawmakers, policy experts, and people with lived experience for a discussion on opportunities to build a stronger continuum of care for Illinois.

Achieving Change:
The Path from Promising Proposals to Meaningful Action

Monday, February 5, 2018

Registration & Breakfast: 9:00am – 9:30am
Program: 9:30am - 11:30am

Venue SIX10 at the Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605


Kick-off Speaker: Ashima Bhayana - Mental Health Advocate and Volunteer at NAMI Chicago

Richard FrankKeynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Frank – Professor, Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School

Health economist, national thought leader, and former Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy

Michelle MunsonGuest Speaker: Dr. Michelle Munson – Associate Professor, Silver School of Social Work at New York University 

Nationally recognized expert in adolescent and youth mental health, co-developer of two young adult intervention models, and principal investigator on multiple research projects funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health 

 Melinda Bush  Tom Demmer Litesa Wallace
State Sen. Melinda Bush
Grayslake (D) 
State Rep. Tom Demmer
Rochelle (R) 

State Rep. Litesa Wallace
Rockford (D)

We are pleased to present this year's policy forum with our partners:


 IARF logo            Illinois Association of Behavioral Health 


Community Behavioral Healthcare Association


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