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Illinois’ safety net for suicidal kids is riddled with holes

   

When children from low-income families are in extreme emotional distress and threaten to harm themselves or others, Illinois sends a paramedic of sorts.

It’s through a state program called SASS.

It can be a godsend, especially as the mental health crisis for children reached critical levels during the pandemic.

But a WBEZ investigation shows this safety net has far too many holes.

In the first of three stories, WBEZ’s Sarah Karp brings us to the front lines of this crisis.

Host: Clare Lane; Reporter: Sarah Karp

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