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May 11

Promising News In Mental Health Policy

A Mental Health Month Event with Mark J. Heyrman

For Mental Health Month last May, Cathedral Counseling Center hosted Sherriff Tom Dart and Executive Director Dr.  Nneka Jones Tapia to talk about Cook County Jail’s work with the many mentally ill incarcerated there. To continue this conversation, this year Mark Heyrman from the University of Chicago Law School will talk about new developments for the treatment of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system.  


Mr. Heyrman writes:“These are difficult times in Washington for the future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, and in Springfield with budget gridlock and the resulting cuts and delays in funding for behavioral health services.  However, there is a bipartisan movement forward in Illinois:  the Governor and legislature are working together to reduce the prison population. This is vitally important because there are so many persons with serious mental illnesses who are currently held in jails and prisons, the worst environments for them. This presentation will describe the problem, current efforts, and what we can do to help."


Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:00 - 9:30 am

Tickets are $10

A light breakfast will be served. 



About Mark Heyrman


Mark J. Heyrman is a Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Heyrman teaches courses in Mental Health Advocacy and Mental Health Law. His principle responsibility is to teach law students to be effective advocates through their supervised litigation on behalf of indigent clients with mental illnesses and legislative advocacy on behalf of mental health organizations. Mr. Heyrman is a member and former chair of the Public Policy Committee of Mental Health America. He is a Board member and past president of the Mental Health America of Illinois and chairs its public policy committee. He helped found and is the facilitator of the Mental Health Summit, a coalition of mental health service providers and advocates for persons with mental illness. He has for many years been a member of both the Mental Heath and Disabilities Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and the Mental Health Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. In 1988 he served as Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission to Revise the Mental Health Code of Illinois. 


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