Beacon-News Article November 9th

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Amid national discussion after shootings, mental health issues bring Fox Valley leaders to the table.

A roundtable discussion was held at Fox Valley Institute in Naperville, which brought together medical professionals, governmental agencies and insurance experts that, too often, tend to work independently of one another.

Because true progress “must include good public policy,” noted Fox Valley Institute Director of Operations Danielle Rowe, the roundtable invited politicians at the local, state and federal level, including U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville), as well as those in the so-called trenches, such as first responders, insurance, legal and mental health professionals, to the table.

“It was about starting a conversation, and then keeping it going,” she added. “We say we have care available” but the bottom line is that “those who need it do not get it.”

In addition to Foster, among the almost two dozen who took part were Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Police Chief Robert Marshall; state Sen. Michael Connelly and state Rep. Grant Wehrli, DuPage County Board member Kevin Wiley; and retired Chief Judge Judith Brawka.

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