Lasalle, Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties exhibit abnormally high mental illness, suicide, and disability due to mental illness or substance use disorder, and these areas are federally-designated health professional shortage areas in primary care and mental health. Current models of mental health care and treatment options fall short of adequately addressing the need. “Mental health” and “wellness” have been prioritized on county-wide health assessments for more than a decade, and few sustainable solutions have come forth.
The first populations of focus are youth and young adults, ages 12-35 years. Our data show that approximately 40% of all suicide attempts in our region occur in this age range, and 84% of teen survey respondents report past or present struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, or extreme/prolonged stress or anxiety with less than half receiving necessary help. As we approach these needs as a network, our data show that we must pay careful attention to using age- and culturally-relevant information sharing mechanisms, providing social support and mentoring, finding ways to overcome the inordinate stigma, and providing services regardless of one’s ability to pay. Moreover, to truly meet the need, our network is designing ways to help our youth prioritize their own health and wellness, empowering them to self-drive their own care rather than passively receiving care in a clinician’s office.
Our data shows that approximately 40% of all suicide attempts in our region occur in youth and young adults ages 12-35, and 84% of teen survey respondents report past or present struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, or extreme/prolonged stress or anxiety with less than half receiving necessary help.
Representative: Hector Gomez
Representative: Kerri Hicks
Representative: Jennifer Olesen, APRN-FPA, Local NP, P.C. President
Representative: Dr. Sarah Scruggs
Representative: Duane Price & Aimee Stoller
Representative: Vanessa Hoffeditz
Representative: Deon Vandenberg
Representative: Jeff VanAutreve
Representative: Jay McCracken
Representative: Pr. Bob Henkelman
Representative: Mike Patterson
Representative: Luke Tomsha
Representative: Noelle Slicker
Representative: Theresa Schneider-Bender
Representative: Jesse Brandt & Jennifer Love
Representative: Linda Burt, MSN
Representative: Petrita Salazar, LCPC, LPHA
Representative: Ahlyssa Pinter
Representative: Pastor Scott Schmidt
Representative: Sheriff James Reed
Representative: Chief Tom Kammerer
Representative: Chief Adam Kurran
Representative: Chief Brent Roalson
Representative: Kim Shute
Representative: Michael Zerneck
Representative: Carol Acorn
Representative: Lori Brown
Representative: Stefanie Morris
Representative: Jeremy Gauwitz
Representative: Pat Schou
Representative: Lynn Olds
Working Groups will meet monthly between 12-1 p.m. following the larger consortium meeting 11-12 p.m. Each leader will reach out with a Zoom link for virtual attendees.
PEER SUPPORT, ACCESS & HARM REDUCTION
LEADERS: Mike Miroux (St. Margaret’s Center for Holistic Health & Wellness)
Develop healthy, supportive communities to journey with individuals and families during treatment and recovery. Revamp the process of how we encounter and receive people with MI/SUD in a way that is compassionate and streamlines entry.
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
LEADERS: Vanessa Hoffeditz (Tri-County) and Kim Dahl (Perfectly Flawed Foundation)
Devise streamlined ways for meeting basic life needs that enhance one’s ability to thrive and propel a healthy lifestyle. Define resources and support of integrated care by public and private payers; educate members on workflows.
LEADER: Lynn Olds (Greenfield Retirement Home), Melanie Whitmer (The Freedom House) and Torri Angulo (The Freedom House).
Raise awareness, educate lawmakers, as well as community leaders and residents on MI/SUD issues.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTEGRATION
LEADER: Chief Tom Kammerer (Princeton PD)
Determine method for integrating with law enforcement to enhance care efficiency and equality for MI/SUD
24/7 Crisis Response
LEADER: Chief Tom Kammerer (Princeton PD)
Develop mobile crisis 24/7 response for MI/SUD
PREVENTION AND SCHOOL INTEGRATION
LEADERS: Mike Grenda (LEASE Schools) and Aimee Stoller (Bureau Valley)
Develop universal, selective and indicated interventions for multi-faceted prevention of MI/SUD issues in junior/senior high students.
Sarah B. Scruggs, PHD
Robert W. Morrow, MD
Evaluator and Business Director
SENIOR ADVISORY TEAM
IL Critical Access Hospital Network, Senior Advisor
UCLA Department of Medicine and Bioinformatics, Senior Advisor
UCLA Department of Medicine & Bioinformatics, Senior Advisor
This effort was supported by a Rural Health Network Planning Program grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), Federal office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Community-Based Division (CBD), Award No. P10RH33037; a 2020 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Planning grant, Award No. G25RH40024 from HHS/HRSA FORHP; and is currently supported by a 2020 Drug-Free Communities grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Award No. NH28CE003019. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, ONDCP, CDC, or the U.S. Government.