The newly formed Lake County Mental Health Coalition, co-chaired by Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and the Honorable Susan Garrett (former IL State Senator, 29th District), recently held its first introductory meeting. The group had a productive and positive discussion pertaining to community change as it relates to mental health, development of systems to share data, and the need to address stigmas associated with mental health. The next steps will be to identify the mental health services already in place and how we can provide a unified approach to delivering these services throughout Lake County.
The next meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. It will be held in the 1st Floor Grand Room at the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center, 3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan.
Lawlor and Garrett announced the coalition in August 2016 (View News Release). It includes a diverse group of stakeholders representing hospitals, health, housing and others. They will focus on data-sharing and evidence based practices to identify gaps, and recommend a sustainable continuum of care for this vulnerable population so they can receive consistent treatment in order to maintain their health and well-being.