State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) has been appointed to serve as a member of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP), which is a statewide, public/private partnership of policymakers and advocates in Illinois committed to improving the scope, quality, and access of mental health programs, services, and support for children.
Appointed by Senate President John Cullerton, Sen. DeWitte looks forward to serving on the ICMHP and hopes he can play an active role in developing policy ideas that improve children’s mental health in Illinois.
“It’s vital that children have good mental health in order for them to reach and live up to their full potential. We have an obligation to provide them with the support and resources they need to live a life filled with positive experiences,” said Sen. DeWitte. “I am eager to begin strategizing statewide recommendations and improvements so that children in Illinois get the care they need to succeed.”
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership was created by the Children’s Mental Health Act in 2003 to convene the child-serving state agencies, parents, youth, policymakers, providers, and advocates to identify needs and gaps, and recommend innovative solutions to improve children’s mental health in Illinois.
The ICMHP is comprised of eight members from the General Assembly: two members of each caucus of the Senate and House of Representatives appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Joining Sen. DeWitte from the Senate are State Senators Dave Syverson (R-District 35), Iris Martinez (D-District 20), and Ram Villivalam (D-District 8).
The ICMHP meets quarterly and is required to submit an annual report on the state of children’s mental health in Illinois.
To learn more about the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership and its successes, please visit http://icmhp.org/about-icmhp/.