Hearing set on issues of mental disability

Hearing set on issues of mental disability

CHAMPAIGN — If you or a loved one live with a mental or developmental disability, here's a chance to tell local officials and state legislators about the issues and challenges in your daily life.

The Champaign County Developmental Disabilities Board and county Mental Health Board will hold a public hearing from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C, in Robeson rooms A and B.

Mental Health Board Executive Director Peter Tracy said the hearing is conducted periodically as part of a needs assessment, and it gives local boards a chance to be more informed to help guide planning and priorities.

The hope is state legislators will also keep this public input in mind as they conduct with their work in Springfield, he said.

The hearing will include Melissa Picciola, staff attorney for Equip for Equality, speaking about current issues affecting people with disabilities in the state.

Members of the public each will have a chance to present up to 3 minutes of oral testimony, with sign-in to speak beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Written testimony will also be taken. It won't be read at the hearing, but it can be given to the officials who are present if it's provided in advance.

For further information, call 367-5703.

Written testimony can be sent to:

Champaign County Developmental Disability Board/Champaign County Mental Health Board

Brookens Administrative Center

1776 E. Washington St.

Urbana, Ill. 61802.

Attention: Lynn Canfield.

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