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April 20, 2021

During COVID-19, Many People Who Were Homeless Lived In Chicago-Area Hotels. Here’s What Was Learned – Chicago Tribune ~ In southwest suburban Summit, BEDS Plus, a nonprofit, is raising money for a fixed-site shelter modeled after college dorms.

Many U.S. Counties Lack Autism TherapistsSpectrum ~ The number of therapists certified to provide applied behavior analysis (ABA), a widely used autism therapy, has skyrocketed in the past two decades, yet more than half of all counties in the United States have none, according to a new study.

Children With Down Syndrome At Higher Risk For LeukemiaConsumer.healthday ~ The researchers found that leukemia was diagnosed in 124 of 4,401 children with Down syndrome and 1,941 of 3,900,998 children without Down syndrome. 

Can You Get Social Security Disability Benefits If You Have A Substance Abuse Problem?AARP ~ Social Security does not consider someone to be disabled solely on the basis of a substance abuse problem. It used to, but a 1996 federal law eliminated alcoholism and addiction as grounds for benefit claims.

Could COVID-19 Infection Be Responsible For Your Depressed Mood Or Anxiety?Health.harvard ~ Doctors told you that your COVID-19 virus infection cleared months ago. However, even though you no longer struggle to breathe, and your oxygen levels have returned to normal, something doesn’t feel right.

AHA News: Pandemic-Fueled Drug Abuse Threatens Hearts, LivesUS News ~ Lavonas helped author an American Heart Association scientific statement last month warning of opioid overdose – now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 64…

How I Talked to My Teen About Suicide—And How You Can Do It BetterParents ~ My daughter battled depression for eight years before a conversation when she was 17 years old made me realize she could die by suicide. Here's what I learned about how parents like me can talk to their children about their suicidal thoughts.

Millions Of Older Adults Living With Sensory Loss Face A Greater Risk For IsolationPR Newswire ~ Eighty-three percent of older adults in the United States are living with at least one diminished sense, according to a surveyby Home Instead, Inc. 

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The Lyons Township Mental Health Commission is one of approximately sixty-six community mental health boards in Illinois.  Boards are generally organized on a county basis except in suburban Cook County where there are a limited number of mental health boards in suburban townships.  In addition to Lyons Township, these include Berwyn Township, Cicero Township, Hanover Township, Proviso Township and Riverside Township. 

To find contact information for these or other mental health boards in Illinois, please link to the website of the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois by clicking here. Then click “Membership Lists” to access the appropriate page.

To learn more about the Township of Lyons and the services it offers, please visit their web site at www.LyonsTownshipIL.gov.