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Peoria, IL September 25th, 2015 —Human Service Center won an AT&T* “Investing in Illinois Award” for its non-profit work to help people in Illinois.   Human Service Center will receive $2,000 from AT&T to be used to provide comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services.

“There are great non-profit organizations improving lives in Illinois.  By supporting these organizations, we’re strengthening the communities we serve,” said Jeff Adducci, external affairs manager, AT&T. 


State Representative David Leitch nominated Human Service Center for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.   The AT&T “Investing in Illinois Awards” provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that improve lives in their communities and the state. They’re advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.

The company also highlighted Digital You, its new resource to help tech beginners of all ages. It helps them with the basics of using a smartphone or tablet, keeping online information private and secure. It also helps users with disabilities activate accessibility features through training resources and tip sheets.

Digital You offers Digital Compass, a free interactive game developed by Common Sense, to teach 6- 9th graders about the real-world impact of their online choices.

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PEORIA… “If this helps save the life of even one student- it’s worth it and will help raise mental health awareness on college campuses in Illinois,” said Mike Predmore in emotional committee testimony in March in support of HB 3599, sponsored by State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria).  HB 3599 creates the Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act.  Under provisions of the act, students would be provided the opportunity to pre-authorize in writing the disclosure of certain private mental health information to a designated person.  Rep. Leitch designed the bill in reaction to the tragedy encountered by Kim and Mike Predmore of Bartonville.  The Predmore family tragically lost their son, Chris, to suicide.  Mike Predmore urged passage of the bill in testimony presented in the Judiciary-Civil Committee in March. 

Rep. Leitch announced today that HB 3599 and another bill he sponsored to improve mental health services, HB 3753, were signed by the Governor this week.

“I met with the Predmore family in January after their son had committed suicide as a freshman at ISU. They, 
like many Families dealing with a loved one with mental health issues, recognize what’s happening and believe 
they could have intervened, as they often have many times in the past. Privacy laws prevented them from 
knowing of their sons’ crisis,” Leitch said.  “The law enables students to preauthorize universities to release 
information to parents if they are having a problem.”

A second bill sponsored by Leitch this Spring to increase mental health services for older Illinoisans was also signed by Governor Rauner this week.  HB 3753 would integrate mental health services for older adults in primary care medical settings.  “Often, mental health issues for older adults are identified at a much lower rate than other adult populations.  Undiagnosed mental illness for older adults is a huge problem in our care delivery system.  OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria is already moving this direction, but this bill would authorize the Illinois Department of Aging to enact the same protocols,” said Leitch.

HB 3753 was supported by AARP, the Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois, Illinois Coalition on Mental Health & Aging, Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging, as well as the Illinois Department of Aging. 

Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.

PEORIA… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) will host a Senior Citizens Fair on Wednesday, July 29 at Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partidge St., Metamora from 9am-11am.  This year’s fair has numerous vendors, including free blood pressure screenings, door prizes, and refreshments.

“I am very excited to be hosting this fair again in Metamora.  I encourage seniors and their families to attend and learn more from a variety of vendors and services available to them in their community,” said Rep. Leitch.

Booths representing the Illinois Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General and Secretary of State will be included in the event, as well as over 20 other community services and organizations. 

“I look forward to meeting with area seniors and discussing issues important to them and their communities at this great annual event,” said Rep. Leitch.

Admission is free for the Senior Citizens Fair.  The fair will have free doughnuts, cookies, fruit and coffee for guests to enjoy while they speak with the vendors and local elected officials.

For more information on this or other state issues, Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.