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Nearly seven months of coping with lives upended by the COVID-19 pandemic have left many people on edge.

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More people are dealing with negative emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but OSF psychotherapist Bernice Gordon-Young says it's not only OK to feel that way, but you should give yourself permission to do so.

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Peoria health experts believe the COVID-19 pandemic is having a detrimental impact on mental well-being for many people, causing an increase in stress, anxiety and depression.

“We’re facing an invisible enemy that one of the ways to try and beat it or contain it is to not be around other people,” said Ted Bender, president of UnityPlace, the behavioral health and addiction services branch of UnityPoint Health.

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Violence doesn't just traumatize the victims. It also impacts family members, witnesses--and sometimes even the perpetrators, who were previously victims themselves.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing courts to take weapons away from people who pose a threat of violence to themselves or others.

Organizations in five communities throughout Illinois will divide $11.5 million to help treat children suffering from mental health problems. 

Programs that help babies and young children and their low-income families in suburban Chicago are getting nearly $3 million.

J.B. Pritzker is doing a listening tour with veterans. The tour included a stop in Peoria Thursday. 

A federal judge has ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide mental health to inmates on "crisis watches" in segregated cells.

A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections' plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates. 

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While Illinois has mental health parity laws on the books, some say those in need are still being denied proper coverage. A new proposal would require the state’s Department of Insurance communicate policy coverage for those in need of mental health or addiction treatments.

Brianna Lantz is a spokes-person for the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association. She says she's concerned about a part of the bill that would remove prior authorization requirements for medication.

University of Illinois trustees have voted to increase student health insurance premiums for the 2018-2019 academic year.

An Illinois man will get mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling after pleading guilty to making online threats against President Donald Trump.

Lawsuit: State Withheld Medical Services to Children

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A lawsuit against Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services claims the state illegally withholds medically necessary services from children with severe mental health disorders. The case was settled in federal court this week.

Students at DePaul University in Chicago are creating video games that raise awareness for mental illnesses and other afflictions.

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WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - A detention hearing is underway for a Wisconsin man who was found mentally unfit to stand trial for the May shooting of an Amtrak conductor outside Chicago.

An Illinois man is to be sentenced early next year after pleading guilty to making online threats against President Donald Trump.

Peoria County Jail Has A New Superintendent

Aug 15, 2017
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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell received his official appointment with the Peoria County Board’s approval late last week. He’s filling out the remainder of the Sheriff's term vacated by Mike McCoy earlier this summer. And Asbell has been quick to make his first official appointments.

The former Jail Superintendent made his first appointment naming his replacement. He named Peoria County Sheriff’s Department veteran Ronda Guyton to post.

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Illinois may have its first complete state budget in two years, but an organization representing dozens of addiction and mental health centers in the state says it will be a long time before services return to their previous levels.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has approved plans for a 100-bed psychiatric hospital to address a substance abuse crisis in two of the state's counties.

A local hospital now has another option for patients with anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Genesis Health System held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning for its new, Behavioral Intervention Unit at its west campus in Davenport.


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Jurors in Peoria have convicted a 19-year-old man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man after an argument over a dice game.  Jurors found Darrell M. Brown of Peoria guilty in the 2015 death of Quenton Lowe. Lowe died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.  Brown's attorney questioned witness credibility and sizes of the bullets' entry wounds.

Chicago police and firefighters are getting additional training on how to better respond to mental health emergencies.  The training comes in the wake of the U.S. Justice Department report on the Chicago Police Department that criticized those efforts as deficient. 

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When a social service provider has to shut down programs, that can cause the burden on taxpayers to increase, even though it's because the state government has stopped its funding. 

That's according to the CEO of a mental health care network called Centerstone Illinois. John Markley says he had to close Centerstone's crisis center in June, which helped people with psychiatric emergencies. At the center in Carterville, it cost Centerstone about $400 on average to treat an individual. Markley says the same case at a hospital would cost more than $2,000.

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) - Tazewell County is now home to a special court that will handle cases involving people with mental health issues.  The County opened its new Mental Health Court last week. 

Chief Public Defender Luke Taylor says the court will work with offenders to address problems with counseling and medication, with a goal of keeping them out of jail. 

 Officials say the Tazewell County jail houses about 500 people each year with mental health issues that range from minor to severe, and many are repeat offenders. They say it costs much more to hold and feed them in the jail than the $40,000 the county board earmarked for the new court.

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The Illinois Supreme Court is carrying out a new certification process that's aimed at bringing accountability to the state's problem-solving courts.  Problem-solving courts address mental health and addiction issues of people in the criminal justice system by connecting them with treatment.

Illinois has received a $1.3 million federal grant aimed at enforcing laws that require health insurance companies to cover mental health and addiction treatment. The Illinois Department of Insurance says a portion of the grant will strengthen its data tracking and consumer complaint analysis. The grant will support education for consumers on how they can appeal decisions made by health insurers.

The state of Illinois is seeking permission from the federal government to use Medicaid funding to pay for mental health and substance abuse services.  Those programs usually aren't covered under the health insurance program for those living in poverty. R.

Per the terms of a court settlement, Illinois is expanding services for mentally ill prisoners.  The department of corrections today announced it will take over a section of a state-run mental health hospital in Elgin.  

A group of pastors is suing Illinois over a law that bars therapists from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation.