SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, is working to combat mental health problems with a new law requiring the Department of Human Services (DHS) to coordinate delivery of mental health resources for troubled teens.
“Kids should never have to face mental health problems on their own,” Jones said. “We will make sure that people in a position to help – teachers, parents, friends – have the resources and knowhow they need. Far too often, we end up reacting to a tragedy. It’s time to stop looking back and considering what we could have done and start stepping in so children dealing with their disease have someone by their side. For that to work, people need to be informed.”
Jones supported House Bill 907, which requires DHS to make a database of information on mental health treatment options available on their website for parents, teachers, school social workers and any others who might be able to help. The goal is to create an environment of information sharing and understanding about the underlying causes and treatments for bullying, depression and other problems which can lead to school shootings and suicide. Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed this legislation into law.
“We are lucky to have a school system full of committed teachers, social workers and other educational professionals who already provide kids with so much, but we can do more,” Jones said. “This legislation will help kids who are having a difficult time get support. I’m committed to building a stronger Illinois, and that means making sure that people who need health care can get it.”
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