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Title:Children's Mental Health Partnership, Illinois
Website:Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership
Contact Name:Amanda M. Walsh
Contact Title:Director, Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership
Contact Phone:312-227-5457
Function:To develop and monitor a Children’s Mental Health Plan containing short-term and long-term recommendations to provide comprehensive, coordinated mental health prevention, early intervention, and treatment services for children from birth through age 18.
Term:Pleasure of the Governor
Senate Confirmation:No
Compensation:Not specified
Composition:Up to 25 members and a chairperson appointed by the Governor from representatives of community mental health authorities and statewide mental health, children and family advocacy, early childhood education, health substance abuse, violence prevention and juvenile justice organizations or associations. Ex-officio -- Secretary of Human Services or his or her designee; -- the State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee; -- Director of Children and Family Services or designee -- Director of Healthcare and Family Services or designee -- Director of Public Health or designee, -- Director of Juvenile Justice, or designee; -- The head of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, or his or her designee; -- The Attorney General or his or her designee 2 members of each caucus of the House of Representatives and Senate appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate, respectively.
Chair:Appointed by the Governor
Authority:405 ILCS 49/5

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Aranowski, JeffStatuteEx-Officio, State Board of EducationNone
Betz, LisaStatuteEx-Officio, DHS Secretary DesigneeNone
Bruhn, Christina5/17/2013GovernorMemberAssociate Professor of Social Work/Co-Director of Assessment, Aurora UniversityNone
Cicchetti, Colleen1/1/2018OtherGovernorTrauma, K-12 EducationExecutive Director, Center for Childhood Resilience, Lurie Children's HospitalCook
Clark, Betsy2/1/2004OtherGovernorMember, Statewide Juvenile Justice OrganizationsPresdent and Founder, Juvenile Justice initiativeCook
Cohen, Wendy1/8/2010Attorney GeneralMember, Attorney General DesigneeNone
Cole, ShawnStatuteEx-Officio, Designee, HFSNone
Conner, Raymond2/13/2004GovernorMember, Statewide Mental Health OrganizationBoard President, Mental Health America of IllinoisNone
Crider, Regina7/7/2021GovernorMember
Davis, WillSpeaker of the HouseMemberRepresentativeCook
Desai, ReshmaStatuteEx-Officio, Illinois Violence Prevention AuthorityNone
DeWitte, Don9/16/2019Senate PresidentMemberSenatorNone
Durbin, Andrea1/1/2018BlankGovernorMember, Child and Family ProvidersNone
Freel, Karen2/1/2004Statewide Early Childhood OrganizationsGovernorMember, Statewide Early Childhood OrganizationVice President, Ounce of PreventionCook
Gall, Carol1/2/2021OtherGovernorCook
Gieske, Gaylord9/1/2003Statewide Children & Family AdvocacyGovernorMember, Statewide Children and Family AdvocacyVoices for ChildrenCook
Griffin, Eugene10/8/2010OtherGovernorStatewide Mental Health OrganizationsNorthwestern UniversityCook
Higgins Alderman, Heather4/8/2021GovernorMemberCook
Humphrey, Deborah7/3/2013GovernorMemberSt. Clair
James, Alexa7/30/2020OtherGovernorMember, Community Mental Health RepresentativeCook
Jaworski, JenniferStatuteEx-Officio, Department of Juvenile JusticeNone
Lightner, ShannonStatuteEx-Officio, IDPHNone
Mann, KimStatuteEx-Officio, DCFSNone
Martinez, Iris9/16/2019Senate PresidentMemberSenatorNone
Meyer, Ginger L. 7/20/2020GovernorMemberUnion
Pinkwater, Jennie3/10/2017Statewide Health OrganizationsGovernorMemberCook
Rallins, Quinn7/27/2020GovernorMemberCook
Ripley, Carla9/15/2020GovernorMemberDuPage
Rubin, Joel7/14/2013GovernorMemberCook
Satchwell, Mary7/14/2013Statewide Mental Health OrganizationsGovernorMemberCook
Syverson, Dave9/16/2019Senate PresidentMemberSenatorNone
Tapia, Nneka4/23/2021GovernorMemberKendall
VACANTOtherGovernorMember, Statewide Mental Health OrganizationsBlank
Villa, Karina7/26/2019Speaker of the HouseMemberRepresentativeDuPage
Villivalam, Ram9/16/2019Senate PresidentMemberSenatorNone
Vohra, Sameer7/30/2020OtherGovernorMember, Chair, Statewide Mental Health OrganizationSangamon
Welter, David7/26/2019Speaker of the HouseMemberRepresentativeNone
White, Marlita7/3/2013GovernorMemberCook
Windhorst, Patrick7/26/2019Speaker of the HouseMemberRepresentativeNone
Wolff, Paula2/1/2004OtherGovernorMember, Juvenile Justice OrganizationMetropolis 2020Cook