In 1990 the U.S. Congress designated the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of the effort of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. Since its inception, Mental Illness Awareness Week has been a time for mental health advocates to join together and promote community outreach and advocate for recovery from serious mental illness.
On July 22, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 26 into law as Public Act 98-0104. This law implements the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois by expanding Medicaid to individuals whose income is at or below 138% of the Federal poverty level. This expansion will result in the largest increase in mental health funding in the state since the enactment of Medicaid decades ago1.