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*Save the Date* Mental Health Symposium: Transforming the Future for Young Adults

Transition Action Network for Mental Health

Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (CST)

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You Are Invited!                                                     February 26, 2015

Mental Health Symposium:
Transforming the Future for Young Adults
The number of students requiring intensive mental health resources is increasing in all school districts. To enable better outcomes as they exit our school systems, improving our community linkages and supports is essential.

Join prominent Chicago area and state agency leaders for an interactive symposium to explore common challenges, develop new strategies and share resources to address our shared goals of supporting young adults with mental health needs in their transition to adulthood. The symposium will include leading representatives from our interconnected communities, including high school districts, legal, legislative, mental health agencies, medical and behavioral health facilities, vocational entities, university researchers and families.

Join us in the conversation and call to action as we explore these questions and more:
  • How can your real world experiences contribute to understanding mental health needs of young adults?
  • How can we seamlessly connect resources to build a supported future for individuals with mental health challenges?
  • How can we individually and collectively transform the landscape for young adults with mental health challenges?

Space is limited. 

Register today to reserve your spot at the symposium

Registration/Breakfast/Exhibits: 8:00 a.m.

Welcome: 9:00 a.m.

Morning Keynote Speaker: 9:15 a.m.

National Perspective: Research to Improve Services for Young Adults

Dr. Sloan Huckabee, Advanced Rehabilitation and Research Training (ARRT) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston University's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Research and Training Center (Transitions RTC) at University of Massachusetts Medical School funded by the federal National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.


Panel Discussion: 9:45 a.m.

Perspectives on the Issues 

Janis Morgan (Facilitator), Associate Superintendent for Student Services,

High School District 214

Ray Connor, Parent of Two Young Men with Mental Health Issues and Member on Multiple Advisory Committees

Rory Conran, Director of Education and Careers, Menta Group

Marc Fagan, Vice President of Clinical Operations & Youth Services at Thresholds

Stephanie Henrichs, Transition Specialist, Glenbrook High School District 225

Senator Dan Kotowski, Illinois State Senator, 28th Legislative District

Micki Moran, Attorney & Founding Partner of The Child & Family Law Center

Gene Oulvey, Coordinator of Evaluation and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, DRS

Christopher Yadron, Director of Chicago Recovery Services, Rosecrance


Keynote Speaker: 10:30 a.m.


From Fragmentation to Systems of Care

Dr. Peter Nierman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Child and Adolescent In-Patient Psychiatry at the University of Chicago; Medical Director, Chicago Lakeshore Hospital; Former Director of Child and Adolescent Services for the Illinois Department of Human Services' Office of Mental Health


Lunch/Exhibits: 11:15 a.m. 

Community Conversations: 12:15 p.m. 

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: 1:45 p.m.


How Advocates Can Best Make Their Voices Heard

Senator Julie Morrison, Illinois State Senator, 29th Legislative District  


Action Plan/Next Steps (attendee collaboration): 2:00 p.m. 


Closing Remarks: 3:00 p.m.

Have questions about *Save the Date* Mental Health Symposium: Transforming the Future for Young Adults? Contact Transition Action Network for Mental Health
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Forest View Education Center
2121 S. Goebbert Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (CST)

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Transition Action Network for Mental Health

A Partnership of Schools and Community Agencies Addressing the Needs of Transitioning Young Adults.

The organizers for this event include Directors of Special Education and Transition Staff from Lake and Cook County School Districts, Special Education Cooperatives, Thresholds, Trilogy, and North Shore University Health Systems.

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