Children’s Mental Health Initiative Symposium

Children’s Mental Health in Illinois – the Impact of Systems of Care Symposium

This symposium proved to be an innovative, groundbreaking, full day of insightful actionable content for primary care and mental health providers, educators, funders, community leaders, parents and more.

Click on each item below to access the symposium presentations as well as audio recordings complete with searchable transcripts.

Heather Alderman, JD, President, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

  • Philanthropic Support for Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care

Shannon Robshaw, MSW

  • Senior Advisor for System Design & Implementation

Panel: Outcomes from the Children’s Mental Health Initiative 1.0


Moderator: Amy Starin, PhD, LCSW, Senor Program officer for Mental Health ILCHF

Adams County

  • Cindy Vahle, Project Director
  • Sharon Bearden, LCSW Quincy Public Schools

Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties

  • Gloria Martin, LCPC, Director, Child & Adolescent Services, Sinnissippi Centers
  • Connie Davis, MSW, CTC Program Administrator, Sinnissippi Centers

Livingston County

  • Brenda Huber, PhD, Director, Livingston County Children’s Network, Illinois State University


  • Jan Gambach, LCSW President Memorial Behavioral Health

Panel: CMHI 2.0 – the Next Generation of Systems of Care


  • Amy Starin, PhD, LCSW Senior Program Officer for Mental Health

Kane County

  • Michael Isaacson, MPH, Assistant Director for Community Health, Kane County Health Department

Kankakee County

  • Deb Baron, PhD, Director, Project SUN, Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley

Perry, Franklin, Jackson, and Williamson Counties

  • Niki Grajewski, LCSW Clinical Manager – Community Based Services, Centerstone of Illinois

Homeless Youth and Families in Chicago

  • Nancy Radner, Director of Development, Primo Center for Women & Children

Macon and DeWitt Counties

  • Jessica Smiley, LCSW Director of Children & Family Based Programs, Heritage Behavioral Health Center

Facilitated Discussion: Identification of Public Policy Barriers to Children’s Mental Health Services in Illinois

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

  • Stephanie Altman JD, Director of Health Care Justice
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