This year’s Hero Helps Community Summit, set for Oct. 15 at the Romeoville Athletic and Event Center, will feature Dr. Rebecca Baker, from the National Institute of Health HEALS (Helping to End Addiction Long Term) Initiative, and David Jones, from the Illinois Department of Human Services, who will speak about national and state initiatives in the continued battle against opioid use.
A State of Illinois expert on the efforts over the past ten years to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths will be speaking at the 2020 Hero Helps Community Forum, scheduled for Friday, April 24 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville.
What do you know??
A presentation entitled "Vaping, Marijuana, and Opioids - What do you know?" will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 in the Auditorium of Plainfield East High School, 12001 Naperville Road, Plainfield.
In light of the recent rise in overdoses and overdose deaths in Will County, County Executive Larry Walsh wants to remind residents of two important programs available to those suffering substance use disorder: Safe Passage and the Narcan Distribution Program.
Illinois will receive a $4.5 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to examine and improve substance use disorder treatment strategies for Medicaid members, the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced today.
Local authorities want to alert the public of a spike in recent overdose deaths in the area due to cocaine laced with fentanyl. These deaths occurred in the Joliet/Lockport area.
IL Patient with respiratory illness dies
A patient has died after being hospitalized with severe respiratory illness after vaping, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday.
The Will County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Collaborative conducts routine health assessments of the Will County community to identify priority health issues and strategies to address these health issues.
During this year’s Hero Helps Community Summit on Friday, May 3, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker will be present to discuss his plans to address the opioid epidemic including strategies to leverage federal funding opportunities to fight this epidemic locally.
During this year’s Hero Helps Community Summit, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) will be addressed by a panel discussion of local providers. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, MAT is an effective part of long term recovery when used with ongoing counseling and assistance in developing a healthy lifestyle.
State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, recently introduced legislation to expand mental health screenings for youth.
H.B. 2188 would require medical professionals to discuss a patient's family's mental health history during back-to-school physicals so doctors can educate parents whose children may have mental health risk factors.
The Will County Board hosted United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Regional Director Doug O’Brien at its Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday, March 14. O’Brien provided an update about federal efforts in the opioid crisis and heard from several department heads about programs in the county.
10:00 a.m. until noon, Saturday, March 30, Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center
State Senator Michael Hastings will host local experts for a discussion about mental illness, substance use, legislation and policy, and resources available in Will County.
To ensure all library staff members and anyone from the public has access to Narcan, the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook now keeps the lifesaving antidote in all four of its AEDs (automated external defibrillators). Most of the library staff have been trained to administer Narcan.
The 2019 Hero Helps Community Forum is slated for Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, IL.