Summit examines local need for children’s comprehensive mental health system

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Kankakee-Iroquois HELP Information Network (KAN-I HELP) will host the first of a two-part summit to determine the local feasibility of developing a comprehensive mental health system for children on Tuesday, April 5 at Kankakee Community College.

The summit will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the auditorium. Barbara Shaw, chairperson of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, will be the keynote speaker and Dr. Ronald Buczek, a local child and adolescent psychologist, will be a featured presenter.

Area experts will hold a panel discussion about local mental health services for children from birth to age 21 and also will examine how collaborative efforts can be strengthened to make better use of existing resources. Breakout sessions to study prevention, early intervention, and treatment polices, programs and services in greater detail will follow.

The summit, which is free, is designed for individuals and representatives from any organization with the potential to build social and emotional capacity in children. Persons interested in attending or learning more, should contact the Pledge for Life Partnership at 936-4606. Registration is required and seating is limited. The second part of the summit is scheduled for April 26.

Funding for the summit is being provided from a $5000 grant from the Illinois Head Start Association which was awarded to KAN-I HELP in January. The children’s comprehensive mental health system was first proposed in the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 and a plan for its implementation was outlined and submitted to Gov. Rod Blagojevich last fall by the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership.

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