Thresholds https://www.thresholds.org/ Site by isubstance Wed, 25 Jan 2023 19:36:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.thresholds.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/icon.png Thresholds https://www.thresholds.org/ 32 32 Thresholds Welcomes New Board President, Cynthia Jones https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-welcomes-new-board-president-cynthia-jones?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-welcomes-new-board-president-cynthia-jones&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-welcomes-new-board-president-cynthia-jones https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-welcomes-new-board-president-cynthia-jones#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2023 19:49:22 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12628 Thresholds is thrilled to announce that Cynthia Jones was appointed the President of the Thresholds Board of Directors in November 2022. Cynthia has long been a dynamic leader on the board, and we are grateful that she has stepped into this new role. In particular, Cynthia’s work as co-chair of the Board’s Governance Committee has […]

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Cynthia Jones, President of the Thresholds Board of Directors

Thresholds is thrilled to announce that Cynthia Jones was appointed the President of the Thresholds Board of Directors in November 2022. Cynthia has long been a dynamic leader on the board, and we are grateful that she has stepped into this new role. In particular, Cynthia’s work as co-chair of the Board’s Governance Committee has helped to recruit some of the most talented and diverse slates of directors in our history, a legacy that will positively impact Thresholds for years to come.

Cynthia is the Director of Clinical Quality for Baxter’s global renal care clinics, where she oversees renal care in several Latin American countries, Spain and Australia. Her broad career path includes credentials as a licensed Registered Professional Nurse and a Managing Real Estate Broker.

Recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the top notable nonprofit board leaders for 2022, Cynthia brings with her robust expertise in areas including healthcare, teaching, change management, auditing, and the ability to propose and implement solutions that help drive continuous improvement.

Cynthia’s desire to assist others and make an impact in her community brought her to Thresholds. As a board member, she has served on the Program Committee, as co-chair of the Governance Committee, and now as Board President. In her last role, Cynthia helped vet new board members, increasing representation on the board to 34% people of color from 10%.

Cynthia also helped launch Thresholds Health, a new health center on Chicago’s West Side. She helped Thresholds Health attain 501(c)3 legal status, enroll as a Medicare provider, and hire the clinic’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Edward Murphy.

“We feel honored to have such a dedicated, smart, passionate, and kind leader for our Board and for our organization,” said Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug. “We are fortunate to have her at the helm as Thresholds works to serve even more people in the future.”

Cynthia holds a Master of Chemistry in Analytical Chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology, MBA in Strategic Management and Analytic Finance from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Master of Science in Nursing from Rush University.

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Join Us for the Thresholds 2023 Gala: The Power of Peers https://www.thresholds.org/join-us-for-the-2023-thresholds-gala-on-may-11?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=join-us-for-the-2023-thresholds-gala-on-may-11&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=join-us-for-the-2023-thresholds-gala-on-may-11 https://www.thresholds.org/join-us-for-the-2023-thresholds-gala-on-may-11#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2023 22:26:56 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12611 Join us on Thursday, May 11th for our biggest night of the year, the Thresholds’ Gala 2023: The Power of Peers, as we raise funds to provide life-transforming services for thousands of individuals experiencing mental health and substance use conditions. This year, we will highlight the power of peers, shining a light on the importance of peer support […]

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Join us on Thursday, May 11th for our biggest night of the year, the Thresholds’ Gala 2023: The Power of Peers, as we raise funds to provide life-transforming services for thousands of individuals experiencing mental health and substance use conditions.

This year, we will highlight the power of peers, shining a light on the importance of peer support and guidance in the recovery journey.

When: Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 5 PM – 9 PM CT
Where: The Geraghty | 2520 S. Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL

Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Kevin Hines

We are thrilled to announce Kevin Hines will be joining us as our keynote speaker this year! Kevin is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author as well as an award-winning global suicide prevention and mental health advocate.

For more information about the evening, to purchase tickets, or to browse sponsorship opportunities, visit the Thresholds 2023 Gala website.

NOTE: This event will follow all local and national public health guidance regarding COVID-19 health and safety precautions. As this guidance continues to evolve, the event is subject to future changes and we will keep all guests updated.

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Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug Elected to National Register of Health Service Psychologists Board of Directors https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-ceo-mark-ishaug-elected-to-national-register-of-health-service-psychologists-board-of-directors?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-ceo-mark-ishaug-elected-to-national-register-of-health-service-psychologists-board-of-directors&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-ceo-mark-ishaug-elected-to-national-register-of-health-service-psychologists-board-of-directors https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-ceo-mark-ishaug-elected-to-national-register-of-health-service-psychologists-board-of-directors#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2023 19:13:39 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12602 The National Register Board of Directors elected Thresholds’ Chief Executive Officer, Mark Ishaug as a Public Representative of the Board. The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is the largest credentialing organization for psychologists and psychology doctoral students, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, congratulations to […]

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The National Register Board of Directors elected Thresholds’ Chief Executive Officer, Mark Ishaug as a Public Representative of the Board. The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is the largest credentialing organization for psychologists and psychology doctoral students, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, congratulations to Mark. The Board looks forward to working with our newly elected members to strengthen the identity of the National Register as the professional home for health service psychologists,” said Tiffany N. Brown, PhD, Chair of the Board.

Mark Ishuag has dedicated his career to working for and with underserved and marginalized populations. His leadership at Thresholds stems from unwavering compassion and empathy, encouraging and embracing change, innovation, transparency, and love.

In response to his election, Mark reflected, “I am deeply honored to serve on the National Register Board of Directors. I look forward to working with fellow board members, staff and our clients to improve access to care and advance health equity for those we serve.”   

In addition to this new embarkment, Mark serves on the Board of Directors for Dominican University, Kennedy Forum Illinois, the Civic Federation of Chicago, and the Alphawood Foundation, as well as on the Membership Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Leadership Fellows Association Board of Leadership Greater Chicago.  

Congratulations to Mark on this impressive recognition. 

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Meet Thresholds’ Veterans Project Program Director https://www.thresholds.org/meet-thresholds-veterans-project-program-director?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meet-thresholds-veterans-project-program-director&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meet-thresholds-veterans-project-program-director https://www.thresholds.org/meet-thresholds-veterans-project-program-director#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2022 15:00:05 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12543 Fernando Valles began his journey at Thresholds on December 2010 when he joined the Veterans Project as a Community Support Specialist. Thresholds’ Veterans Project Program helps veterans cope with mental illness and/or other conditions such as homelessness and unemployment. Fernando is a licensed professional counselor, and served 12 years in the U.S Navy Corpsman Fleet […]

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Fernando Valles began his journey at Thresholds on December 2010 when he joined the Veterans Project as a Community Support Specialist. Thresholds’ Veterans Project Program helps veterans cope with mental illness and/or other conditions such as homelessness and unemployment.

Fernando is a licensed professional counselor, and served 12 years in the U.S Navy Corpsman Fleet Marine Force during the OEF/OIF and  Iraq/Afghanistan Era. A veteran himself, Fernando wanted to continue to serve by assisting other veterans in the Chicago community.

Fernando now serves as the Program Director of Thresholds’ Veterans Project, leading his team to serve veterans through community events, counseling, and more.

 

 

Q & A with Fernando Valles | Veterans Project

Q: What brought you to Thresholds? 

A: I liked the opportunity to work with the veteran community and the chance to keep serving my country in a different way.

Q: Why did you decide to be part of the Veterans Project?

A: The idea of working with other veterans was very interesting to me.  I was committed to serve veterans 100 percent.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about your work?

A:  I enjoy the connections and the partnerships I have been able to create with the city of Chicago. I think this a crucial step to improve our services and provide our veterans with multiple options.

Q: What inspires you?

A: Our client success stories inspire me. Most of our clients come to our program at their lowest point, so seeing them grow with the program while taking part in their journey is very inspirational to me.

Q: What does community mean to you?

A: Community to me is the opportunity to bring people together through common thoughts, feelings and struggles while sharing the same set of goals and aspirations.

Q: What do you hope for the future of the Veterans Project? 

A: My hope is to keep serving more and more veteran families for years to come!

 

About Thresholds’ Veterans Project: Thresholds works with Chicago’s most at-risk populations. Integrating our evidence-based practices and strategic partnerships, the Veterans Project assists veterans through homeless outreach, housing services, supported employment, peer-driven supports, substance use treatment, integrated physical and mental health services, and trauma-based therapies.

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Thresholds Receives Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplace Award for 9th Consecutive Year https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-receives-chicago-tribunes-top-workplace-award-for-9th-consecutive-year?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-receives-chicago-tribunes-top-workplace-award-for-9th-consecutive-year&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-receives-chicago-tribunes-top-workplace-award-for-9th-consecutive-year https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-receives-chicago-tribunes-top-workplace-award-for-9th-consecutive-year#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2022 12:45:33 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12548 CHICAGO, IL – Thresholds is proud to be named among the Chicago Tribune’s 2022 Top Workplaces. Thresholds provides mental health and substance use treatment services throughout Chicago and the surrounding counties. As one of the oldest and largest providers in Illinois, Thresholds serves over 7,000 people Chicago and its metropolitan area each year. The Tribune’s […]

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CHICAGO, IL – Thresholds is proud to be named among the Chicago Tribune’s 2022 Top Workplaces. Thresholds provides mental health and substance use treatment services throughout Chicago and the surrounding counties. As one of the oldest and largest providers in Illinois, Thresholds serves over 7,000 people Chicago and its metropolitan area each year.

The Tribune’s list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, connection, and more.

Thresholds is the only community nonprofit organization listed in the Large Employers category, and ranked 13th overall in that category.

“This award demonstrates the compassionate and welcoming workplace we have created at Thresholds,” said CEO Mark Ishaug. “Our employees display dedication, drive, and huge hearts each and every day in the work they do for our clients. They make home, health and hope possible for thousands.”

To learn about career opportunities at Thresholds, please visit our careers page or contact our team.

Media Contact: Emily Moen, 773-572-5172

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Artists First: 25 Years of Studio Art at Thresholds, An Exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center https://www.thresholds.org/artists-first-25-years-of-studio-art-at-thresholds?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=artists-first-25-years-of-studio-art-at-thresholds&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=artists-first-25-years-of-studio-art-at-thresholds https://www.thresholds.org/artists-first-25-years-of-studio-art-at-thresholds#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2022 18:49:52 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12511 Artists First, is a celebration of art by artists connected to Thresholds in the past 25 years. This exhibition, free to the public, introduces a compelling group of artists who are living with the daily challenges of mental health and substance use conditions, making work that speaks to our shared humanity and intersectional diversity. It also connects Thresholds artists’ work within the breadth […]

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Dewayne Jenkins, Night Skyline, 2021 design marker on Lenox paper

Artists First, is a celebration of art by artists connected to Thresholds in the past 25 years.

This exhibition, free to the public, introduces a compelling group of artists who are living with the daily challenges of mental health and substance use conditions, making work that speaks to our shared humanity and intersectional diversity. It also connects Thresholds artists’ work within the breadth of contemporary visual art practice in the Chicago area.

The exhibition further celebrates the founding of Thresholds’ artist programs in 1997 and the creative and therapeutic legacy that these programs have built throughout the years. We hope that you will stop by the Chicago Cultural Center to take in this beautiful exploration of work from Thresholds artists. 

The exhibition will run from Oct. 1, 2022 through Jan. 8, 2023 open from 10am – 5pm daily (Oct. 1, 2022 Opening from 1-4pm) at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Thresholds Receives $2 Million to Support Expanded Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-receives-2-million-to-support-expanded-mental-health-and-substance-use-treatment-services?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-receives-2-million-to-support-expanded-mental-health-and-substance-use-treatment-services&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-receives-2-million-to-support-expanded-mental-health-and-substance-use-treatment-services https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-receives-2-million-to-support-expanded-mental-health-and-substance-use-treatment-services#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:21:10 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12507 Federal grant awarded to Thresholds will enable them to adopt the innovative Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model Media Contact: Emily Moen, 773-572-5172 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, September 23rd, 2022—The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded two grants to Thresholds this week totaling $2 million per year for up to 4 years, […]

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Federal grant awarded to Thresholds will enable them to adopt the innovative Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model

Media Contact: Emily Moen, 773-572-5172

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, September 23rd, 2022—The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded two grants to Thresholds this week totaling $2 million per year for up to 4 years, allowing Thresholds to implement the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model for care delivery on Chicago’s North Side and in McHenry County.

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Thresholds’ site in Woodstock, IL in McHenry County, one of two Thresholds sites to receive funding to launch a CCBHC.

With this new funding, Thresholds is among the first CCBHCs in Chicago. It now has the opportunity to expand services to serve as a “one-stop shop” for mental health, substance use treatment and other health care services in their communities. The CCBHC model ensures access to 24/7/365 crisis care, care coordination with hospitals, law enforcement and schools and access to high-quality services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help stop the overdose crisis, among other capabilities.

“Thresholds is thrilled to launch two CCBHCs in Illinois to provide a wide range of mental health and substance use treatment services to even more people that otherwise would not be able to access them. We consistently see that the need for high-quality, wide-ranging mental health services outstrips our capacity,” says Mark Ishaug, Thresholds CEO. “We applaud all the lawmakers that have supported expanding services through the CCBHC model.”

“We know that mental health and substance use treatment encompass far more than psychiatry or therapy, and the increased care coordination in the CCBHC model will further strengthen Illinois’ network of services,” says Debbie Pavick, Thresholds Chief Clinical Officer. “CCBHCs are another step towards strengthening our state’s mental health safety net.”

Thresholds will also partner with Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness and Rosecrance in McHenry County and Heartland Health Centers in Chicago to provide primary care and substance use treatment to youth and adults through the CCBHC model.

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Thresholds’ Lisa Razzano, PhD Receives Promotion and APA Award https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-lisa-razzano-phd-receives-promotion-and-apa-award?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-lisa-razzano-phd-receives-promotion-and-apa-award&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-lisa-razzano-phd-receives-promotion-and-apa-award https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-lisa-razzano-phd-receives-promotion-and-apa-award#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 18:24:21 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12469 This summer, Dr. Lisa Razzano, Thresholds’ Vice President of Research, received two distinctions. First, as a result of more than 26 years of service at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Department of Psychiatry, Lisa was promoted to full professor. Full professor is an academic distinction recognizing the highest level of professional and independent scholarship. […]

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This summer, Dr. Lisa Razzano, Thresholds’ Vice President of Research, received two distinctions. First, as a result of more than 26 years of service at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Department of Psychiatry, Lisa was promoted to full professor. Full professor is an academic distinction recognizing the highest level of professional and independent scholarship. “It means a lot to me to reach full professor since only about 6% of tenured women faculty in psychiatry advance to this level.” Dr. Razzano is author/co-author of more than 110 published studies regarding services research, physical and mental health co-morbidities, medication adherence, and workforce development. In addition to leading research at Thresholds, she also served as the lead (or co-lead) investigator for 7 federal Rehabilitation Research Training Centers and multiple other competitively awarded grants and contracts in her 30-year career.

 

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Lisa in her home state of Nevada

In addition to her promotion to full professor at UIC, Lisa was selected by the American Psychological Association (APA) to receive the 2022 Division 18 Michael S. Neale Award for Contributions by Psychologists in Public Service. This honor is named in memory of Dr. Neale and recognizes psychologists who have made substantial contributions to community mental health and the profession of psychology.

The Neale Award honors psychologists who contributed a body of work that has directly touched the lives of individuals with serious mental illnesses, and influenced a generation of practitioners, researchers, advocates, and administrators working to improve the lives of people in recovery.

 

“I am so grateful to be recognized by the APA not only for contributions to public service in community mental health, but particularly for my research programs on physical health conditions since they affect recovery for so many of our members. It’s something I care deeply about and it’s some of the most important research we conduct at the agency.”

Join us in congratulating Dr. Lisa Razzano on these two incredible achievements.

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A Message About The Mass Shooting In Highland Park From Thresholds’ CEO https://www.thresholds.org/a-message-about-the-mass-shooting-in-highland-park-from-thresholds-ceo-mark-ishaug?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-message-about-the-mass-shooting-in-highland-park-from-thresholds-ceo-mark-ishaug&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-message-about-the-mass-shooting-in-highland-park-from-thresholds-ceo-mark-ishaug https://www.thresholds.org/a-message-about-the-mass-shooting-in-highland-park-from-thresholds-ceo-mark-ishaug#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2022 16:24:09 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12449 Dear Thresholds Family, I’m writing in solidarity with the families and communities torn asunder by a 4th of July weekend of mass shootings and violence. In Highland Park, seven people were killed, and dozens more, ranging in age from 8 to 85, were injured. In Chicago, eight more people were killed and more than 60 […]

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Dear Thresholds Family,

I’m writing in solidarity with the families and communities torn asunder by a 4th of July weekend of mass shootings and violence.

In Highland Park, seven people were killed, and dozens more, ranging in age from 8 to 85, were injured. In Chicago, eight more people were killed and more than 60 shot. The terror inflicted here at home and throughout the country feels surreal. But it’s not. It’s real. Very real. It feels almost unbearable, and it’s causing immeasurable trauma.

Thresholds is working to support our clients and staff throughout the agency, particularly those connected with our programs in Lake County. I am so grateful for our incredible clinicians and residential staff who are equipped to provide trauma-informed support to those who need it.

It is critical to continue to hope, even when that seems impossible. And we must continue to fight, march, organize, and support policy change and structural reform that addresses gun violence. The recent bipartisan Safer Communities Act is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough. Too many communities are living with the effects of gun violence – and in Chicago, these communities are disproportionately Black. Research and our own professional experience tell us that the trauma of violence erodes both mental and physical well-being, stripping away communities of opportunity and stability.

When tragedies like the massacre in Highland Park occur, we know that many people, including the media, will begin to question the mental health status of the perpetrator. As a community that supports mental health, we must all continue to push back against this harmful stigmatization of mental health conditions. Most of the millions of Americans living with mental health conditions do not commit violent crimes, and this false narrative will only further discourage people from getting the treatment and support they need. No dangerous person should have access to a gun, whether or not they have a mental health condition.

We at Thresholds will never stop fighting for a world where individuals can live safe, independent, and healthy lives that they can determine for themselves. People cannot realize these lives in communities torn apart by the specter of gun violence. We remain committed to strong measures to reduce gun violence everywhere in our country.

-Mark Ishaug, Thresholds CEO

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Thresholds’ Statement in Support of the Historic and Bipartisan Safer Communities Act https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-statement-in-support-of-the-historic-and-bi-partisan-safer-communities-act?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-statement-in-support-of-the-historic-and-bi-partisan-safer-communities-act&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thresholds-statement-in-support-of-the-historic-and-bi-partisan-safer-communities-act https://www.thresholds.org/thresholds-statement-in-support-of-the-historic-and-bi-partisan-safer-communities-act#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:39:18 +0000 https://www.thresholds.org/?p=12445 U.S President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act on Saturday, making an unprecedented investment in mental health and substance use treatment.  The Act also takes the first major steps in gun safety laws in nearly 30 years. Thresholds applauds this legislation as a major step forward in both mental health funding and community […]

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U.S President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act on Saturday, making an unprecedented investment in mental health and substance use treatment.  The Act also takes the first major steps in gun safety laws in nearly 30 years. Thresholds applauds this legislation as a major step forward in both mental health funding and community safety measures. Lawmakers must do everything possible to prevent terrible tragedies like those in Uvalde, Buffalo, and so many more from happening.

The agreement, led by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Sen. Christopher Murphy of Connecticut, includes significant investment in mental health and supportive services in schools and a commitment through the Medicaid program to expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which offer a comprehensive set of mental health, substance use, and crisis response services. In addition, the bill includes funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant, mental health awareness training, increased access to telehealth, and funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. These initiatives are major steps to building a strong mental health system in our country and improving access to care.

The plan also includes enhanced background checks for youth under age 21 purchasing a gun, and funding for states implementing red flag laws to prevent someone who is a threat to themselves or others from having a gun.

However, we must also continue to push back against harmful stigmatization of mental health conditions. One out of four American adults has a diagnosable mental health illness, and if we create discriminatory policies, it will further discourage people from getting the treatment they need. No person who is dangerous should have access to a gun, whether or not they have a mental illness. The ability to handle the responsibility of a weapon cannot be based on a broad clinical diagnosis, but needs to be handled on an individual basis through appropriate red flag laws.

At Thresholds, we are thrilled to have this bipartisan agreement turned into law. We must continue to right the wrong of our country’s lack of investment in mental health, particularly for youth and young adults. A recent U.S. Surgeon General’s report on America’s youth mental health crisis underscored a call to action as an alarming number of children and young people experience feelings of hopelessness and depression. We must also take whatever steps are possible to begin down the road of stronger gun safety laws. This agreement is a step forward as it supports both mental health and gun safety laws in our nation.

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