Illinois Health and Human Services Transformation

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM*
*Refreshments and check-in begin at 9:00 AM, meeting will start promptly at 9:30 PM

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Conference Center | 11th Floor

225 E. Chicago Avenue

This meeting will focus on Illinois’ Health and Human Services (HHS) Transformation initiative. This effort began in early 2015 to increase collaboration across government agencies to better meet the complex
human services needs.
Action-oriented small group discussions focused on children and youth, families, mental health, juvenile justice, and communities will follow a panel discussion on progress of this initiative and its implications for violence prevention.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
In-person registration is available onsite


Panelists

Lisa J. Betz, LCSW, LCPC, Deputy Director
Child and Adolescent Services
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health | dhs.state.il.us
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.| 312-793-1372 

Lisa Betz, LCSW, LCPC, is the Deputy Director for Child and Adolescent Services with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health.  In her current role, she serves as the subject matter expert for the administration of Child and Adolescent mental health services statewide. Prior to serving in this role, she has had over nine years’ experience working within the Division of Mental Health, Bureau of Child and Adolescent Services as the Associate Deputy Clinical Director, and the Mental Health and Schools Coordinator.

Lisa has a Masters of Social Work Degree, with an area of concentration in Child, Family and Community Services, and a Type 73 School Social Work Certification from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Work from Iowa State University.

Department Description: Through collaborative and interdependent relationships with system partners, it is the Mission of the Division of Mental Health, the State Mental Health Authority, to assure the provision of a recovery-oriented, evidence-based, community-focused, value-dedicated and outcome-validated mental health service system, in order to build the resilience and facilitate the recovery of persons with mental illnesses and to help maximize community supports and develop skills for persons with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance.

 

Heidi E. Mueller, JD, Director
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice | illinois.gov/idjj
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Director Heidi Mueller was previously named Deputy Director of Programs for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in 2014. In that role, Mrs. Mueller served as the principal policy-making official for all of the Department's programs including healthcare, behavioral health services, vocational and recreational programming. In addition, Mrs. Mueller conceptualized and implemented the core IDJJ intervention and behavioral management programs.

Director Mueller earned her degree in Psychology and History from Macalester College. She also received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.

Department Description: The mission of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is to enhance public safety and positive youth outcomes by providing strength-based individualized services to youth in a safe learning and treatment environment so that they may successfully reintegrate into their communities.

 

Heather O’Donnell, JD, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy
Thresholds | thresholds.org
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Thresholds is an Illinois-based community mental health provider that serves over 15,000 individuals living with significant mental health conditions.  Heather leads Thresholds’ public policy and legislative efforts and also spearheads an advocacy coalition of over 150 mental health and substance use providers across Illinois. She has extensive experience in mental health and healthcare policy, as well as fiscal policy. Prior to Thresholds, Heather served as Director of Planning for Healthcare Reform at CJE SeniorLife, where she successfully designed a federal healthcare reform demonstration program with numerous hospitals and nursing homes across Chicago. She served as the Policy Director for Health Care and Human Services at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability with a focus on public healthcare finance for over six years. Prior to that, Heather worked for Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Heather practiced corporate law for eight years before moving into the public interest sector.  She holds a J.D. from the South Texas College of Law, an LL.M. in Taxation and is licensed as a CPA in Illinois.

Organization Description: Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives. Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. They reject the notion that anyone is a lost cause, utilizing evidence-based practices and a wide range of supports to treat the whole person, rather than just the disease.


Additional Information:

Parking is available at 321 E. Erie (entrances on E. Erie and E. Ontario) or at 222 E. Huron (entrances on E. Superior and E. Huron). Discounted parking vouchers will be provided reducing rate to $11 for up to 7 hours (see Streeterville Campus Map).

Light refreshments will also be provided.

 

Applying an Anti-racism and Anti-oppression Lens to Violence Prevention

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM*
*Refreshments and check-in begin at 1:00 PM, meeting will start promptly at 1:30 PM

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Conference Center | 11th Floor

225 E. Chicago Avenue

This meeting will focus on structural violence and how intersectional, anti-oppression strategies can be applied to SCY’s areas of focus: youth development, mental health services, gun violence prevention, justice system reform, and community investment. Action-oriented small group discussions on these topic areas will follow a panel discussion on racism and oppression.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED


Panelists

Jennifer Arwade, Co-Executive Director
Communities United | communitiesunited.org
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 773-583-1387 ext. 206

Jenny Arwade is Co-Executive Director of Communities United (formally known as Albany Park Neighborhood Council or APNC), a community based organization located in one of the most immigrant communities in Chicago. A graduate of Princeton University, Jenny has been a community organizer since 2000, and Executive Director Communities United since 2004. In that time, she has worked to organize community residents through local as well as collaborative campaigns to increase access to affordable housing, and affordable health care, improve the quality of public education, and promote immigrant rights. Jenny is also Vice President of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, an Executive Council Member of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, and recently worked with 6 other organizations to form Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a multi-ethnic youth-led community organizing collaborative to tackle the dropout rate in Chicago Public Schools.

Organization Description: As a grassroots social justice organization, Communities United builds power by developing local leadership and empowering communities to identify and address the root causes of inequity at the neighborhood, city, state and national levels. Communities United believes that community members hold the solutions to the challenges they face. Through a community organizing approach, Communities United develops institutions and community residents as leaders, convenes broad-based coalitions, and unites people across age, race, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, abilities and religion to advance structural change that concretely improves peoples’ lives. 


Bonsai Bermudez, Executive and Artistic Director
Youth Empowerment Performance Project | wesayyepp.com
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Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director Bonsai Bermúdez completed a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Puerto Rico with a concentration on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer issues. He has been working in the social justice-service field for over 15 years - focusing on trauma, transformative justice, and harm reduction practices. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Dance he has worked professionally as a ballet/modern dancer and actor.  Bonsai became a part of Ballet Teatro de Puerto Rico, Conservatory of Ballet Concierto, Broadway Dance Center, Traveling Theatre of Puerto Rico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, among others. He joined to Board of Chicago’s Orgullo en Accion in 2010 to politically advocate for the Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Community.  He spent five years at the Broadway Youth Center, a Chicago program that serves LGBTQ youth experiencing housing instability, as the Drop-in and Resource Advocacy Manager. He is quadrilingual (Spanish, English, French and Sign Language) with a strong interest in multicultural issues.

Organization Description: The mission of Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is to create a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and to celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece. 

YEPP uses harm reduction, social justice, transformative justice and education for liberation (theatre of the oppressed and popular education) frameworks to contain and guide the work.  Meanwhile YEPP members participate in the program, we support them with resources around housing, employment, educational, legal and health resources, food, transportation, among other basic needs.  


Candice Jones, Senior Advisor to Arne Duncan
Emerson Collective | emersoncollective.com
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Jones currently serves as Senior Advisor to Arne Duncan at the Emerson Collective.  There she supports the organizations work on opportunity youth and violence reduction in Chicago.  She was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in 2014 by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, and confirmed in 2015 by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, Candice Jones has extensive experience in the field of juvenile justice and at-risk youth.  Jones previously served as Associate Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, where she managed the public safety budget and supported the executive team’s policy and planning.

She also worked for years, driving juvenile justice strategy in Illinois and nationwide, as a Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation. Jones served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission where she worked to accelerate reform in the State. In 2012, she served as a White House Fellow, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious fellowship programs for leadership and public service.  Jones holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in African and African-American Studies and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Organization Description: Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers their work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives. They use a wide range of tools and strategies—partnering with entrepreneurs and experts, parents and policymakers, advocates and administrators—to spur change and promote equality.


Additional Information:

Parking is available at 321 E. Erie (entrances on E. Erie and E. Ontario) or at 222 E. Huron (entrances on E. Superior and E. Huron). Discounted parking vouchers will be provided reducing rate to $11 for up to 7 hours (see Streeterville Campus Map).

Light refreshments will also be provided.

 

Community Café: Bringing the Reports to Life 
Thursday, May 14, 2015

This quarterly meeting was co-hosted and facilitated by Cook County Justice for Children and focused on findings from two 2015 reports: 1) Enhanced Transparency in the Cook County Juvenile Court: A Pathway to Reform and 2) What can the Cook County Juvenile Court do to improve its ability to help our youth? A Juvenile Justice Needs Assessment. The discussion began with an overview of the reports and recommendations, followed by group discussions using the World Café method of group dialogue.


Speakers:

  • Juliana Stratton, Esq., Cook County Justice for Children
  • Era Laudermilk, Illinois Justice Project
  • Molly McCoy, Cook County Justice for Children
  • LaCreshia Birts, YMCA's Youth Safety Violence Prevention Program
  • Sarah Yousuf, Enlace

Holding Systems Accountable for Violence Prevention

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The policies of public and private institutions and systems can have profound effects on violence—sometimes contributing to safer and healthier communities and other times exacerbating the problem. To reduce both the interpersonal and structural violence harming Chicago, we must encourage sound decisions by these institutions and systems and hold them accountable for implementing those decisions. During this quarterly meeting, SCY and partners discussed how Chicago's violence prevention stakeholders can work together to ensure sustained commitment to effective violence prevention strategies.


Panelists
  • Berto Aguayo, Community Activist, Organizer, and Advocate, Mikva Challenge
  • Ashley Boyd, Community Organizer, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)
  • Sarah Johnson, Youth Organizer, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)
  • Mark Walsh, Campaign Director, Illinois Council to Prevent Handgun Violence
  • Amy Zimmerman, Supervising Attorney, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children

 

Connecting Early Childhood & Violence Prevention: Impacts of Early Childhood on Violence over the Life Course

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This SCY quarterly meeting examined the connections between what happens in early childhood and violence over the life course. As a group, we identified opportunities for early childhood systems to enhance their involvement in violence prevention and response.


Panelists
  • Barbara Abel, PhD, Birth-to-Five Curriculum Manager, Ounce of Prevention
  • Claudia Cattage, M.ED, Early Head Start Lead Teacher, Ounce of Prevention's Educare School Chicago
  • Teresa Pennix-Gill, MA, Co-Founder, Board President and Executive Director, Parenting for Non-Violence
  • Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Injury Prevention and Research Center and Strengthening Chicago's Youth, Interim Co-Director, Smith Child Health Research Program, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Anne G. Studzinski, Managing Director, Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition