Healing-Centered Illinois Task Force

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Chelsey Varela

Contact Title

JEO Initiative Program Manager | Office of IL Lt. Governor

Contact Phone

312-814-5375

Contact E-Mail

Chelsey.varela@illinois.gov

Function

The Task Force shall have the following objectives: (1) Recommend shared language and common definitions for the State to become trauma-informed and healing-centered across sectors by aligning language and definitions included in the work of the Whole Child Task Force, the Children's Mental Health Transformation Initiative, and the Illinois Children's Mental Health Plan. (2) Ensure the meaningful inclusion in Task Force matters of young people, parents, survivors of trauma, and residents who have engaged with Illinois systems or policies, such as child welfare and the legal criminal system. (3) Identify the current training capacity and the training needs to support healing-centered and trauma-informed environments among organizations, professional cohorts, educational institutions, and future practitioners and project how best to meet those needs. (4) Design a process identifying what data are needed to understand the dimensions of trauma in the State and the status of the trauma-related work in Illinois and identify current relevant data sources in Illinois. (5) Recommend a process for collecting and aggregating such data identified, as well as a process for improving transparency and accountability by developing and maintaining a platform of aggregated data that is accessible to a range of stakeholders, including the public. (6) Identify existing State resources that are being invested to support trauma-informed and healing-centered work, develop recommendations to align these resources, and propose ongoing or expanded stable resources for this work. (7) Identify what, if any, administrative or legislative policy changes are needed to advance goals to make Illinois a healing-centered or trauma-informed State. (8) Recommend an overarching organizational structure to ensure coordination, alignment, and progress to make Illinois a trauma-informed, healing-centered State. (9) Devise a set of benchmarks to measure success in advancing the State toward becoming trauma-informed and healing-centered and a process for measuring them.

Senate Confirmation

No

Qualifications

Members of the Healing-Centered Illinois Task Force must represent the diversity of this State and possess the expertise needed to perform the work required to meet the objectives of the Task Force set forth.

Compensation

None

Composition

Members of the Task Force shall include the following: (1) One representative of a statewide coalition addressing childhood trauma, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. (2) One representative of a statewide collaborative addressing trauma across the lifespan (birth through older adulthood), appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. (3) One representative from the Resilience Education to Advance Community Healing (REACH) Statewide Initiative, appointed by the Superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education. (4) One member of the General Assembly, appointed by the President of the Senate. (5) One member of the General Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. (6) One member of the General Assembly, appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate. (7) One member of the General Assembly, appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. (8) The Director of the Governor's Children's Mental Health Transformation Initiative or the Director's designee. (9) The Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority or the Director's designee. (10) The Director of Public Health or the Director's designee. (11) The Secretary of Human Services or the Secretary's designee. (12) The State Superintendent of Education or the State Superintendent's designee. (13) The Director of Juvenile Justice or the Director's designee. (14) The Director of Corrections or the Director's designee. (15) The Director of Children and Family Services or the Director's designee. (16) The Director of Aging or the Director's designee. (17) The Director of Healthcare and Family Services or the Director's designee. (18) The Chair of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board or the Chair's designee. (19) The Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts or the Director's designee. (20) Up to 5 additional representatives appointed by the Lieutenant Governor who have expertise in trauma-informed policies and practices within health care, public health, public education, the criminal legal system, violence prevention, child welfare, human services, adult behavioral health services, children's behavioral health services, or law enforcement. (21) Up to 3 representatives who have been impacted by State systems, including the criminal legal system and child welfare, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. (22) At least one representative from student and youth counsels or advisory groups focused on advancing awareness and resources for mental health and trauma-informed services in diverse communities across the State, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. (23) At least one representative from an organization that brings parents together to improve mental health and supports for children and families, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. (24) One representative from a public-private partnership to support children's behavioral health, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.

Chair

Lieutenant Governor or their designee

Authority

Public Act 103-0545


Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Salgado, Rosalia 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative from an organization that brings parents together to improve mental health and supports for children and families
White, Marlita 03/22/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative from an organization that brings parents together to improve mental health and supports for children and families
Cicchetti, Colleen 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative of a statewide coalition addressing childhood trauma
Gita Krishnaswamy, A. 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative of a statewide collaborative addressing trauma across the lifespan (birth through older adulthood)
Smith, Mashana 01/04/2024 Superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education Member Representative from the Resilience Education to Advance Community Healing (REACH) Statewide Initiative
Vacant President of the Senate Member Member of the General Assembly
Hirschauer, Rep. Maura 08/22/2023 Speaker of the House of Representatives Member Member of the General Assembly
Fowler, Sen. Dale 01/08/2024 Minority Leader of the Senate Member Member of the General Assembly
Weber, Rep. Tom 10/02/2023 Minority Leader of the House of Representatives Member Member of the General Assembly
Weiner, Dana 01/03/2024 Statute Member Director of the Governor's Children's Mental Health Transformation Initiative or the Director's designee
Galbraith,Karen 01/19/2024 Statute Member Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority or the Director's designee
Masinter, LIsa 12/20/2023 Statute Member Director of Public Health or the Director's designee
Gwiasda, Victoria 09/11/2023 Statute Member Secretary of Human Services or the Secretary's designee
Strehlow, Julia 10/30/2023 Statute Member State Superintendent of Education or the State Superintendent's designee
Vickery, Robert D. Statute Member Director of Juvenile Justice or the Director's designee
Manuel, Sophia 01/01/2024 Statute Member Director of Corrections or the Director's designee
Saxon, Verletta 02/16/2024 Statute Member Director of Children and Family Services or the Director's designee
Pastor, Brian 01/08/2024 Statute Member Director of Aging or the Director's designee
Lava, Jesse W. 08/29/2023 Statute Member Director of Healthcare and Family Services or the Director's designee
Vacant Statute Member Chair of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board or the Chair's designee
Dorsey, Heather 01/26/2024 Statute Member Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts or the Director's designee
Crawford Simms, Karen 01/12/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Expertise in trauma-informed policies and practices within health care, public health, public education, the criminal legal system, violence prevention, child welfare, human services, adult behavioral health services, or law enforcement
Perkins, Anquenette M. 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Expertise in trauma-informed policies and practices within health care, public health, public education, the criminal legal system, violence prevention, child welfare, human services, adult behavioral health services, or law enforcement
Buckman, D. Matthew 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Expertise in trauma-informed policies and practices within health care, public health, public education, the criminal legal system, violence prevention, child welfare, human services, adult behavioral health services, or law enforcement
Wiley, Cara 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Expertise in trauma-informed policies and practices within health care, public health, public education, the criminal legal system, violence prevention, child welfare, human services, adult behavioral health services, or law enforcement
Daniels, Lisa 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Expertise in trauma-informed policies and practices within health care, public health, public education, the criminal legal system, violence prevention, child welfare, human services, adult behavioral health services, or law enforcement
Vacant Lieutenant Governor Member Representative who has been impacted by State systems, including the criminal legal system and child welfare
Hall, Andrea 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative who has been impacted by State systems, including the criminal legal system and child welfare
Page, Johnny 01/12/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative who has been impacted by State systems, including the criminal legal system and child welfare
Tariq,Aydin 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative from student and youth counsels or advisory groups focused on advancing awareness and resources for mental health and trauma-informed services in diverse communities across the State
Cosey, Mamie 01/19/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative from an organization that brings parents together to improve mental health and supports for children and families
Trotter, Shaan 03/22/2024 Lieutenant Governor Member Representative from a public-private partnership to support children's behavioral health