Our Goal:  A Call to Action to Transform the Future for Young Adults with Mental Health Needs.  

​​​​Action Events
(scroll down to see events in chronological order)

5.9.17 Making Mental Health Connections/Navigating College Mental Health Services​

Tuesday, May 9th, 6:00pm-8:30pm at Fremd High School, 1000 S. Quentin Road, Palatine

Transition Action Network for Mental Health:  A Partnership of Schools and Community Agencies Addressing the Needs of Transitioning Young Adults

This event is designed to give families an opportunity to gather information on college mental health. Join us for an informative and interactive event to raise awareness, explore common challenges, and share resources to smooth the transition from high school to college for students with mental health issues. The night will include presentations from leading professionals in the field and the opportunity to ask questions and participate in small group discussions to explore challenges and resources.

Join us as we explore these topics and more:

  • ​Information on the mental health resources of colleges
  • Coping and executive function skills needed for the increased independence of college classes
  • Considerations and implications related to  independent/supported living
  • Legal and medical issues
  • Choosing the right college environment
  • How to best utilize your high school transition resources

A snack will be provided Courtesy  of Eli's Cheesecake

Panel Presenters:

  • High School Perspective:  Paula Hill, Township High School D211 Guidance Counselor/College & Career Counseling
  • College Perspective:  Brooke Ruxton, Executive Director of Northern Illinois University Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Independent Living/Supported Living:  Jason Wynkoop, Executive Director of Edge Learning
  • Medical Perspective:  David Schreiber, M.D., Executive Director and Founder of Compass Health Center
  • Legal Perspective:  Mary “Micki” Moran, J.D., Founding Partner of The Child & Family Law Center of the North Shore, LTD

Goal of the Evening:  To help students with mental health needs and their families plan for and navigate college


6:15- 7:30     Panel Presentation - auditorium
7:30-8:00      Panel Q&A - auditorium

8:00-8:30      Networking & Consultation - breakout rooms

Downloadable pdf of the presentation:  
TANMH Navigating College Mental Health Services PPT (1).pdf

12.7.16 School Mental Health Symposium at Oakton Community College (Invite only)

School Mental Health Symposium at Oakton Community College Link

(For presentation copies, and additional resources and information

offered during the program.)

Elementary and High School Student Service Personnel/Special

Education Staff Symposium on Mental Health.  

       is increasing in our school districts.  Join fellow educational staff

       for an informative and interactive symposium to raise awareness, explore common challenges, and share            resources to address our shared goals of supporting students with mental health needs across their school          years.  The symposium will include presentations from leading professionals in the field in the morning and        in-depth discussions with colleagues in the afternoon to explore challenges and opportunities. 

5.4.16  at Lake Forest Administrative Center West Campus​ AND 5.10.16 at Glenbrook South High School

  • MEET THE PANEL 6pm to 7:20 PM
    • Guardianship Alternatives and Special Needs Trust
      • Amy Handler Kasallis, J.D. Law Office of Amy Handler Kasallis, will discuss guardianship and guardianship alternatives for young adults with mental health needs and impact on financial, medical and legal decisions.  
      • L. Mark Russell, J.D., Law Office of L.Mark Russell, will discuss special needs trusts and estate planning for young adults with special needs.  
    • SSI and Medicaid
      • Megan Miller, LCSW, Program Manage at Trilogy Services will discuss an overview of SSI/Medicaid eligibility, the benefits to obtaining SSI and Medicaid, how it affects competitive employment, and how to navigate the process. 
      • TrilogySSN.pdf
    • Financial Planning
    • SMALL GROUP SESSIONS 7:30 - 8:30
    • Declaration4MentalHealthTreatment.pdf

11.19.15 at Glenbrook District 225 District Office​

Making Mental Health Agency Connections

Overview:  Adult mental health agencies and the services they provide
Individual Conversations with Mental Health Providers
Facilitated Small Group Conversations
When: Thursday, November 19th
Where: Glenbrook District Office, 3801 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL
This is a by invitation only event for parents of young adults with mental health needs and young adults ages 17-22 or older.


2015 Mental Health Symposium