ICCAP Statement on Recent Events
June 1, 2020 Last week, the nation witnessed the death of Mr. George Floyd as a result of police brutality. In the days that followed, there was public outcry, private suffering, and a news cycle dissecting all the details. The Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ICCAP) condemns racism in any form, recognizing that racial bias and discrimination have long-ranging negative impact on both the physical and mental health of children and their families.

As child psychiatrists, we are especially sensitive to the impact that such events can have on children - particularly children of color, victims of abuse, and those with existing conditions that can make processing such information difficult. Our mission is to promote and protect the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families. We do this through direct care, advocacy, education, and research. In addition to supporting and caring for our disadvantaged patients and their families, we must also help all families to address the issue of racism honestly, and encourage new ways of relating to each other.

We encourage all of those who are having any difficulties during this time to seek out mental health services. Remember, through everything, we are all in this together.  

The ICCAP Board of Directors
Executive Order Number 39
REISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDERS — Reissues Executive Orders 2020-03 through 2020-37, extending most provisions through June 27, 2020.
Please see the latest executive order issued by Governor Pritzker. This order re-issues several former EOs that were set to expire May 29, including EO-9 for Telehealth. This means Telehealth will continue to be covered. This link is to the order re-issuing EO 2020-09. Again, this is very good news because the legislature was not able to agree to a telehealth bill in the waning hours of session. 
“Racism in the Professional Workplace: A Perspective of a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist” & Juneteenth Honor Day*
Friday, June 19, 2020
Noon – 1:30 pm CST

Presenter: Divya Gongireddy, MD, Meridian Psychiatric Partners, LLC and ICCAP Board of Directors Member

Description: Earlier this month, ICCAP posted on our web page (iccap.org) a statement condemning the actions of individuals, which led to protests and a call for change throughout the nation. The ICCAP board of directors met last week and decided that this topic is so significant and important to the profession of child & adolescent psychiatry, so we organized this virtual seminar.

*Coincidentally, June 19 also happens to be “Juneteenth.” For those of you not familiar, Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) is a holiday commemorating this day, which marked the effective end of slavery in the United States.

In addition to this topic, we will also take some time to discuss other timely topics: including telehealth, insurance, returning to in-person treatment and anything else members wish to discuss.

All are welcome to attend and can jump in and out, if necessary. If possible, please RSVP to Shelley Joksimovic at icca.psychiatry@gmail.com by 5:00pm, Thursday, June 18, so we can have an idea of who to expect.

Also, if you are calling by phone or using a screen name that is not your own, please identify yourself to the host, so we know that all attendees are ICCAP members.

We will also attempt to record the presentation and make it available to members who are not able to participate.

Join State Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch in
Conversation with Rep. Welch
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 
6:00 pm Facebook Live
Representative Welch will be having a conersastion about mental health with Drs. Adrienne Adams, Chandan Khandai, and Danielle Jackson.  They will tackle the importance of dealing with your mental health during a global pandem and a time of civil unrest.

ICCAP Virtual Board Meeting
RSVP by Thursday, July 9 to Shelley (icca.psychiatry@gmail.com)
Date: Friday, July 10, 2020, 12:00 pm CT
By invitation only.  Please contact Shelley if you didn't receive the link..
To become a member of ICCCAP, one must join both AACAP and ICCAP. ICCAP/AACAP focuses on providing child and adolescent psychiatrists the resources they need in order to promote mentally healthy children, adolescents, and families. By joining, you will become part of a member community comprised of over 9,000 child and adolescent psychiatrists from the United States and abroad. 

ICCAP advocates for children, adolescent, families, and members. Our focus is on children's mental health and the implementation of parity as well as preventing psychologists efforts to get prescribing privileges.

9/20/2016 UPDATE: The state of Illinois offers people with autism spectrum disorders and mental illnesses including bipolar and schizophrenia and their caretakers to have a state issued identification card. This card will help first responders to better understand the individual's needs and promote appropriate and safe handling of potential confrontation and crisis situations. This is a card that does not get individuals off for disobeying the law. It facilitates a different approach to the immediate situation. These cards can be applied through the the State of Illinois. The idea was initiated by a parent of an autistic young man who was learning how to drive. State Rep.Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego is the primary bill sponsor.
UPDATE: Bill HB549-IL (Managed Care Act-Step Therapy) passed on August 12, 2016. This bill addressed the problems with prior authorization that concerns multiple step drug trials before using doctor recommended medication, retrying old drugs because the patient has changed insurers and changing drugs that are now on the revised formulary. 

Effective Date: January 1, 2018
The Alliance is looking for interested parents to participate in a statewide Parent Advisory Board (PAB) (PAB application). 
For more information, please contact Ulanda Hunter, MS. Training & Development, Project Director/Peer Supporter, Youth & Family Peer Support Alliance, 121 E. Congress, Suite 4, Rantoul, IL 61866,
(217) 530-1550
Fax: (217) 666-7248 

For more information, please contact info@iccap.org