A WBEZ investigation found the state of Illinois is failing to ensure that thousands of children are getting the intensive mental health support they need through a state program called SASS (Screening, Assessment and Support Services). The investigation included interviews with frontline providers of mental health services. “It’s severely underfunded, it’s under-resourced”, said Jessica Boland, Director of Behavioral Health at Esperanza Health Centers.

Read about the long waits for therapy and wait for hospital beds. (Note:this story discusses suicide and self-harm.)


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