Friday, September 2, 2016

Dinner and Presentation on Mental Illness and the Law

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, a nationally-recognized expert in the field of mental health and incarceration, will speak on "The Shameful Criminalization of Mental Illness" Tuesday evening, October 25, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL. The dinner event will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford, the event will address the pressing need for behavioral health care as well as raise funds for LWVGR's work of encouraging citizen participation in our democracy through community education on public policy issues, voter education and registration, and candidate forums.

Sheriff Dart's topic is a timely one, as lack of funding for appropriate behavioral services often leaves area health care and justice communities on the frontline of providing care. During his nine years as sheriff, Dart's restorative justice mission has reduced the number of nonviolent offenders detained in the Cook County Jail while spreading awareness of the ongoing criminalization of mental illness. In 2009, TIME Magazine named Sheriff Dart one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World due to these efforts.

To register for the October 25 event, please go to http://lwvgr.org/lwvgr_fundraiser16.html. Cost for the dinner program is $75, with proceeds to benefit the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford.