2012 Strategic Priorities Sharpen ICMHP Focus
The Executive Committee of ICMHP spent almost a year assessing progress to date in addressing the Key Priorities established as part of the 2005 Strategic Plan for Building A Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health System in Illinois. The process included a review of past and current activities; a scan of potential opportunities and challenges; and identification of important mental health needs or strategies that have not previously been highlighted. The result was a revised list of Key Priorities, reached through unanimous consensus. The Executive Committee also decided on which of the Priorities needed special attention in the coming years. These Priorities are listed as the top three on the accompanying document on the right.
2012 Strategic Priorities
Strategic Plan for Building a Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health System in Illinois
Illinois became a nationwide leader in recognizing the importance of mental health to children’s overall health, well-being and academic success when the General Assembly passed the Children’s Mental Health (CMH) Act of 2003. With its passage, Illinois made a clear and critical commitment to children’s mental health and to the need for reforming an existing mental health system that was highly fragmented, under-resourced, and inadequately coordinated to meet the needs of Illinois children and their families.
The CMH Act created the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) and charged it with developing a Children’s Mental Health Plan, a strategic roadmap containing short-term and long-term recommendations for providing comprehensive, coordinated mental health prevention, early intervention, and treatment services for children from birth to age 18. The Plan embodies the collective vision and tireless work of over 250 individuals representing families, children and youth, policymakers, advocates, and key systems including mental health, education, early childhood, health, child welfare, substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, and juvenile justice. Click here or on the link at right to download a pdf of the Strategic Plan for Building a Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health System in Illinois.