WBEZ | mentally ill http://www.wbez.org/tags/mentally-ill Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en State guardianship's role in caring for mentally ill kids http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-26/state-guardianships-role-caring-mentally-ill-kids-93502 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-26/flickr San Jose LibraryUSED.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some wards of the state end up in psychiatric hospitals like <a href="http://www.chicagolakeshorehospital.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Lakeshore Hospital</a>. Over the years, the <a href="http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/index.shtml">Illinois Department of Children and Family Services</a> has made great strides in finding homes for abandoned, neglected and traumatized kids. Some families, like the one profiled in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/adopting-fight-93364" target="_blank">Rehman Tungekar's piece</a>, choose to give up custody of their adopted children because they can't afford treatment for mental illness; but DCFS has little power of supervision once children leave the agency. When the <a href="http://www.uic.edu/uic/" target="_blank">University of Illinois at Chicago</a> issued reports that were highly critical of some of the region’s private psychiatric hospitals this year, DCFS was limited in what actions it could take. To learn more about the challenges facing the agency and its charges, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by the deputy director for the Division of Clinical Services at DCFS, <a href="http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/library/management_bio.htm" target="_blank">Cynthia Tate</a>.</p></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-26/state-guardianships-role-caring-mentally-ill-kids-93502 Experts answer questions about special education needs http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-20/experts-answer-questions-about-special-education-needs-93313 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-21/flickr ccarlstead.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered if the experience of the McGriff family, featured in WBEZ's Erica Hunter's report for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/out-shadows" target="_blank"><em>Out of the Shadows</em></a>, was an anomaly – or a typical scenario. To learn more, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to two experts in special education and rights for mentally ill children: <a href="http://www.lawforchild.com/sub/contact-us-2.jsp;jsessionid=40A1288B31802948B0343C3B4454802E" target="_blank">Micki Moran</a> is a founding partner of the<a href="http://www.lawforchild.com/" target="_blank"> Child and Family Law Center of the North Shore</a> in Highland Park and <a href="http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/The_Board_of_Education/BoardBios/Pages/DrRichardSmith.aspx" target="_blank">Richard Smith</a>, the chief officer of the <a href="http://www.cpsspecialeducation.org/" target="_blank">Office of Special Education and Supports </a>for Chicago Public Schools. They took comments and questions from listeners about general topics regarding public school systems.</p><p>The number to call is <strong>312-923-9239</strong>, e-mail <strong><a href="mailto:848@wbez.org?subject=Mental%20Health%20Call-In">848@wbez.org</a></strong> or tweet <a href="http://www.twitter.com/848" target="_blank"><strong>@848</strong></a>.</p><p>Since listeners had plenty of questions for these experts,&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/out-shadows" target="_blank"><em>Out of the Shadows</em></a> team will take the conversation to the web. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, they'll&nbsp; open up a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/shadowschat" target="_blank">live online chat.</a><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-20/experts-answer-questions-about-special-education-needs-93313 Out of the Shadows: Exploring local resources for mentally ill youth http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/out-shadows-exploring-local-resources-mentally-ill-youth-93193 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-17/gavel2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For a deeper look at the state of mental health services for children in Illinois as part of WBEZ's new series, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/out-shadows" target="_blank"><em>Out of the Shadows</em></a>, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to two experts: Barbara Shaw chaired the task force that resulted in the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 and Mark Heyrman, who specializes in the rights of the mentally disabled.</p><p>Shaw is currently director of the <a href="http://ivpa.org/" target="_blank">Illinois Violence Prevention Authority</a>, the state agency is in charge of public health and public safety approaches to violence prevention in Illinois. In 1988, Heyrman served as executive director of the Governor's Commission to Revise the Mental Health Code of Illinois.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/out-shadows" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/OutOfShadows-promo.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 63px;" title=""></a></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px;">Out of the Shadows will explore the fractures in mental health care for children in Illinois and illuminate how it affects our youth.</span></p></div></div><p>The conversations looked at legislative and societal efforts in place to help mentally ill children in Illinois. Shaw and Heyrman spoke about what Illinois has done right, what it's done wrong and what prevents the state from doing things better.</p><p><strong>Join the conversation: Ask experts about mental illness in our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/live-chat-ask-experts-about-childhood-mental-illness-93156">live chat</a>.</strong></p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/out-shadows-exploring-local-resources-mentally-ill-youth-93193 Out of the Shadows: Ana's story http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/out-shadows-anas-story-93179 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-17/girl-thinking.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ana is one of the many people profiled during WBEZ’s two-week series <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/out-shadows">Out of the Shadows</a></em>, exploring mental health and youth.</p><p>A warning: listeners may find parts of her story disturbing.</p><p>Tomorrow, the series explores some of the problems with medicating young people and learns more about the unique illnesses affecting children. Stay tuned all of this week and next for more from <em>Out of the Shadows</em>.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/out-shadows" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-12/OutOfShadows-promo.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 63px;" title=""></a></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px;">Out of the Shadows will explore the fractures in mental health care for children in Illinois and illuminate how it affects our youth.</span></p></div></div><p><em>Music Button: pg.lost, "Siren" from It's Not Me, It's You!</em></p><p><strong>Join the conversation: Ask experts about mental illness in our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/live-chat-ask-experts-about-childhood-mental-illness-93156">live chat</a>.</strong></p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/out-shadows-anas-story-93179