Welcome to The Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois

ACMHAI exists today to increase the capacity of individual community mental health systems by strengthening and developing local mental health authorities. It does this in the following ways:
  • Improving the development and delivery of comprehensive mental health services and facilities for persons with mental disabilities.
  • Promoting the exchange of information.
  • Developing a unified state-wide voice.
  • Fostering cooperation with other private and public mental health organizations.
  • Initiating and influencing policy reform.
  • Assisting in the passage of additional referenda and resolutions.

 

1115 WAIVER REQUEST UPDATE

For those of you who haven't gotten around to it yet, the 1115 Waiver Request is still posted. If you go to this site, there is a  link at the end of the second section on the opening page.  It is also attached here. Make note that it is more than 120 pages long!

1115 Waiver Request

Below Posting from December 15, 2013:

The 1115 Statewide Demonstration Waiver Request Draft has been released and you can review this lengthy and complex document here.

Illinois has developed a statewide 1115 waiver proposal to submit to HHS requesting flexibility and variation from federal Medicaid rules for Illinois. This proposal is intended to fold in 9 existing Medicaid waivers and request additional waiver conditions allowing Illinois to strengthen community-bases systems of care and other issues. Recognizing that behavioral health is just one component of the waiver, but an very important component, ACMHAI, along with many other organizations, providers and associations, is weighing in with comments and suggestions on the waiver proposal.

Take a look at the Waiver Concept Paper, but recognize that this first effort is undergoing revision now. We have commented, as you can see, on this first effort, and we monitored, reviewed and commented as the 1115 Waiver proposal takes shape over a short few weeks. Concept Paper

The first comments below are relatively broad and address seven areas of concern with the Waiver Concept Paper. 1115 Waiver Concept Comments

The second comments are specific to a serious concern about the lack of attention in the Waiver Concept Paper to children’s issues and system of care.  1115 ACMHAI Waiver Comments-Children Services

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COMMITTEE MEETING DATES

***ACMHAI Call in number 1-800-791-2345 Code #62178***

 
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READ IT HERE

 

Operation Readiness/BH forum Intergration & Innovation

Integration and Innovation - Public Health and Behavioral Health 2014 - Expanded

BH Components in Illinois Health Dept. IPLAN Scans

Total BH in IPLAN Scans

 

ACMHAI LEGISLATIVE REPORT MAY 31, 2014 READ HERE:

ACMHAI Legislative Report 2014-0531

 

USA Today Series on Mental Health

Liz Szabo of USA Today has begun a very important year-long series on mental health. You can access the first article "The Cost of Not Caring: Nowhere To Go" here:

 USA Liz Szabo

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SCREENING & ASSESSMENT FOR ILLINOIS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

ACMHAI has developed a position paper on behavioral health screening and assessment for Illinois children and youth. There are recommendations on universal age-appropriate screening of all children and youth working with primary care providers and use of the CANS as a functional assessment tool, as well as information about screening and assessment that should be of interest to Board members and others in your community.

In addition, attached is a power point on Screening and Assessment from the Livingston County Children’s Network Project funded by the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. The Livingston County collaborative effort has as one of its goals universal screening of all children and adolescents for behavioral health to promote early identification of issues and community supports for children and youth with behavioral health needs.  Approximately 15% of the children screened are indicating a behavioral health issue.

ACMHAI Paper

Livingston County Children's Network Project

 

November 2013 ACMHAI Mental Health First Aid Webinar presentation and presenter listing is now posted in the Links & Documents section.  Please take a moment to check these out if you missed the live webinar.

ILAPSC September Conference Meeting Handouts

PSC In-Illinois 9-12-13

 

The ACMHAI Children's Mental Health Committee has prepared a white paper on a care coordination model for children with complex behavioral needs that could be implemented in Illinois on a demonstration or pilot basis:

ACMHAI White Paper - Care Coordination Model for Children with Complex BH Needs

 

ACMHAI Position on State Facility Closures

ACMHAI Comments on Coordinated Care in IL

NAMI Family Guide

Using Home-Based Programs in Other States to Support a
Medicaid...


Using Medicaid to Obtain Intensive Home-Based Services...

Evaluating the Need for Home-Based Services for Children

 

NEWS, NOTES AND RESOURCES

Provides information twice a month about behavioral health issues, events and resources. We invite you to forward timely informatio related to mental health, substance use disorders and/or developmental/intellectual disabilities to us to post in this section.

 

May 3, 2013 May 17, 2013 June 3, 2013
June 20, 2013 July 9, 2013 July 26, 2013
August 15, 2013 September 26, 2013 October 14, 2013
January 6, 2014 April 2014 May 2014
July 1, 2014 August 1, 2014  

                       

                                                           

                                                      

ACMHAI Newsletters


ACMHAI Newsletter - Winter 2013 ACMHAI Newsletter - August 2012
ACMHAI Newsletter - Late Summer 2012 ACMHAI Newsletter - Spring 2012
 
 
 
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