ACMHAI Celebrates Turning 50!

Since 1972, ACMHAI has worked tirelessly to maintain its role as the voice of behavioral health authorities, communities and people facing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental challenges in Illinois. Over the past five decades, we have worked to preserve and protect the Illinois Community Mental Health Act and the Care and Treatment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act. For 50 years, ACMHAI has provided a forum for mental health authorities to share knowledge, advice, best practices, and lessons learned with one another. ACMHAI continues to grow and expand, providing a place for board members and their staff to learn, network, and thrive. Whether you’re a new, seasoned, or past member, you’re an important part of this anniversary, which is as much a celebration of ACMHAI’s past as it is an anticipation of our bright future!

December 1 and 2 Membership Meetings – Chicago, Illinois

ACMHAI members gathered in Chicago as part of the December membership meetings to celebrate this important milestone. During the Anniversary Reception, ACMHAI honored three Illinois lawmakers for their passion and steadfast work to support all Illinoisans struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. The 2022 Legislator of the Year Award was given to the late Senator Scott Bennett and Representative Jay Hoffman. The 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Representative Deb Conroy. 

Ron Melka, Executive Director of the Lyons Township Mental Health Commission and ACMHAI President (2021-2022) was also presented with the Presidential Appreciation Award during the December 2nd Business Meeting. The Award was given in appreciation of Ron’s outstanding leadership and many contributions to the Association over the past two years.  

ACMHAI was honored to receive a signed proclamation from Governor Pritzker celebrating the Association’s 50th Anniversary. Click here to download a copy of the Proclamation. 

Best Wishes from ACMHAI friends and members (past and present) for a Happy 50th Anniversary 

ACMHAI Unveils New Logo

As part of the Association’s 50 year celebration, ACMHAI unveiled a comprehensive rebranding effort, including a new logo and membership marketing materials.  ACMHAI’s new logo and and updated materials will deliver a fresh look and reinforces our mission to be the unifying voice that leads the effort to improve the development and delivery of behavioral health and developmental disabilities services for all Illinoisans.