Headline News

MCMHB is pleased to share the following "headline news" for
September - December 2006

Psychiatric & Counseling Services Now Available for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community through Community
Counseling Center

Through an agreement with Advocate-Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Community Counseling Center (CCC) in Alton now offers a videoconference network that provides psychiatric and counseling services for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Advocate-Illinois Masonic Medical Center offers similar programs in Chicago, Jacksonville and Rockford.

Approximately 10% of the population in the United States is either deaf or experiences some degree of hearing loss, and as the population ages, hearing loss is increasing. The deaf and hard of hearing only detect about 25-30% of what is actually said through lip reading; American Sign Language (ASL) is a successful way to communicate.

The new videoconference network will link the consumer with Dr. DeGutis, a board certified psychiatrist, and a Mental Health Counselor. Both are proficient in (ASL) and understand deaf culture. Dr. DeGutis and the Counselor will be able to provide assessment, counseling and medication, via satellite, to deal with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, grief, stress, and family and relationship problems.

Consumers can make an appointment to use this service by contacting Mary Davison: TTY (618) 462-2444 or Voice (618) 462-2331.

Eleventh Annual & First Regional
Behavioral Health, Aging & Wellness Conference

“Resilience in Late Life: Facing the Challenges Together”
The Eleventh Annual and First Regional, Behavioral Health, Aging and Wellness Conference will be held September 15, 2006 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights, Illinois from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.

Keynote Speaker will be John Burns, PhD, Co-founder and Director of Villa Serena Treatment Programs. He will be presenting, “Aging, Spirituality and Recovery.” Workshop topics will include:
  • Alcohol & The Older Adult, Outcomes Study, Model Programs
  • Cognitive Testing, Clinical Findings and Implications for Care
  • Depression in Older Adults
  • Panel Discussions on Relevant Aging and Mental Health Topics
  • Cultural Considerations and Caregiver Issues

Complimentary copies of the 2005 Mental Health & Aging Training Manual, a publication of the Gero Psychiatric Initiative from the Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health will be available (one per agency).

Nursing Home Administration, Social Work, and LCPC CEU’s will be available, as well as general CEU’s for other professionals. Reference books will be available from Piece of Mind Books, Edwardsville, IL. Conference Brochures will be mailed soon. For additional information, contact Lee Fraser, Conference Coordinator or Kathi Morris, at (618) 877-4420.

2005 Madison County Mental Health Board Annual Report (PDF)
2006 Madison County Mental Health Board 1 & 3 Year Strategic Plan (PDF)
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