Photo: The Honorable Paul J. Fullerton addresses the audience on the subject of involuntary commitment

March 10, 2016

Wheaton, IL: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) DuPage held its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 1st at the DuPage Community Center. The meeting served to elect the slate of executive officers of the NAMI DuPage Board of Directors, who are Cora Mae (Corky) Corley as Board President, Jeffrey Rabin as Vice President, Robert Barger as Treasurer, and Judy Smith as Secretary. In addition, Angela Adkins, Executive Director provided a synopsis of accomplishments of the fiscal year, ended June 30, 2015. Among the key accomplishments, NAMI DuPage celebrated 30 years of providing mental health services for residents of DuPage County. Adkins also noted that NAMI DuPage enacted a new three year strategic plan, initiated new programs for employment/job preparedness and social recreation, launched several new fundraising campaign initiatives and prepared for a move to the new DuPage Community Center, in conjunction with a partnership with the DuPage Public Health Dept.

“All in all, fiscal year 2015 was a pivotal year in the history of NAMI DuPage” indicated, Angela Adkins, Executive Director. “The expansion of programs and the move to the Community Center will enable us to meet the ever increasing demand for mental health services, especially in an era where many agencies providing mental health services in the State of Illinois are closing, restricting services and laying off staff due to the state budget impasse.”

The Honorable Paul Fullerton was the featured guest speaker. Judge Fullerton is a DuPage County Circuit Judge in the Chancery Division and he presides over all Probate, Guardianship, Tax Objection, Tax Deed, Mental Health and Adoption matters that are filed in DuPage County. Judge Fullerton spoke on the topic of involuntary commitment which generated interest from individuals and families living with mental illness as well as law enforcement professionals.