SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Earlier this week, members of the House Mental Health Committee toured the Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center to see the facility’s services for children, as well as learn more about mental health treatment for children.
“With our state being ranked at the bottom of mental health services, this is something that both parties need to work together on, and that is the goal of this committee,” said Rep. Deb Conroy, Chair of the House Mental Health Committee, D-Villa Park. “Members and I are determined to find out the reasons why we are ranked so poorly by visiting service providers, listening to the feedback from our committee hearings, and meeting with advocates and mental health patients, including children.”
Members of the House Mental Health Committee toured Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center to ascertain more information about how Illinois can create and establish effective mental health policies that address the needs of patients with mental health issues. During their tour, the facility’s CEO, Mark Littrell, reviewed their operations with the committee members, which include inpatient and outpatients services, and specialty programming for individuals with both mental health and substance use diagnoses.
As of June 2017, Lincoln Prairie’s programs cared for 941 individuals on its inpatient units, treated nearly 1,500 outpatients and handled more than 1,700 service calls. Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center’s website details more of the programs and services that are available to people and families in need: http://www.lincolnprairiebhc.com/.
“Many people, even our children, are afflicted with mental health issues or complications that our state should do a better job of caring for,” said state Rep. Sara Wojcicki-Jimenez, R-Springfield. “Members of the mental health committee and I want to make sure that everyone, regardless of their age, is receiving the care they deserve.”