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From Assessment to Action

Where we came from and where we are going


Will County location on Illinois mapHealth departments in Illinois are required to complete a community needs assessment and strategic health plan every 5 years. For the years 2010-2015, the Will County Health Department is using an assessment and planning process called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). This process provides a comprehensive framework for assessing what is needed in our communities and developing strategic plans to address those needs.

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Through surveys, focus groups, and other assessments conducted throughout the county from 2008 to 2010, the MAPP process provided a vision and pointed out the need to address five key areas in Will County, including Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders. The two goals in the behavioral health area include increasing access to services and reducing the stigma related to behavioral health and substance use disorders.

The goal to reduce stigma was assigned to the MAPP Awareness Action Team, one of several committees charged with bringing community partners together to work to work on MAPP goals. In Fall 2011, Joliet Junior College (JJC) and its Psychology and Social Services Resource Club joined the collaboration, bringing ideas, energy, and resources to the overall goal of reducing stigma around behavioral health issues. This website was the result of numerous conversations and meetings with students and community representatives and providers. In addition to working on willfindhope.org, the Anti-Stigma Collaboration planned an April 2012 Symposium and offered multiple sessions of Mental Health First Aid courses to JJC students in the social sciences and allied health disciplines.

The anti-stigma campaign and the willfindhope.org website will continue to grow and evolve as new partners lend their voices and efforts in building a more supportive community through knowledge and understanding of behavioral health issues. Won’t you join us?

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