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2021 Hero Helps Community Summit to feature speakers from National Institute for Health & Illinois Department of Human Services

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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.

Speaker to discuss state initiatives at 2020 Hero Helps Community Forum Friday, April 24, 2020

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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.

Will County Executive Walsh reminds residents of services available to people suffering substance use disorder

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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 awarded $4.5 million in federal funding to improve Medicaid substance use disorder treatment

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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.

Death Linked to Vaping

IL Patient with respiratory illness dies

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A patient has died after being hospitalized with severe respiratory illness after vaping, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday.

2019 Hero Helps Community Summit to address Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder

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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.

Manley sponsors bill to expand mental health screenings during school physicals

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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.

Will County officials explain county efforts in the opioid crisis to HHS Regional Director O’Brien

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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.
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