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Continuing Legal Education

In conjunction with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the SIU School of Law administers a Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program through which attorneys may earn 6.0 PMCLE hours. Read more here.

For more information about upcoming programs, call 618-453-8135 or email

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Health Policy Institute 

Beyond Stigma: Developing Workable Behavioral Health Policies

The prevalence of mental health conditions is on the rise, and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 45 million adults in America currently struggle with mental illness. But adults are not the only individuals impacted by these conditions. Behavioral health disorders also affect millions of children and adolescents. 

Despite the growing numbers living with mental health challenges, more than half receive no treatment due to stigma, lack of insurance coverage, cost, and no access to providers. This care gap comes at a tremendous cost to both individuals and society through loss of life, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, crime, and physical health impacts. It harms all of our institutions and all sectors from healthcare to education and from prisons to workplaces. 

To aid in identifying both the deficiencies and the solutions, the 2019 Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute seeks to create an informative and engaging forum aimed at addressing America’s mounting mental health dilemma.

Friday, May 17, 2019

CLE - 7.0 (including 1.0 Professionalism – Mental Health (applied for)

CME - 7.0

CNE - 7.0

CE - 7.0

View the Brochure here

Listen to the WSIU radio interview about the HPI conference here


SIU School of Law, Carbondale, IL


(Please note: Walk-in registration will NOT be available at either the Chicago or Springfield locations) 

Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Office, Chicago, IL 

Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, Springfield, IL  

Walk-in Registration available only in Carbondale the day of the conference.

This year’s program will feature:

  • Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, commenting on the unmet mental health needs of prison populations;
  • Rahn K. Bailey, MD, FAPA, ACP, speaking on the disparities in mental healthcare, especially among minority populations, and the use of health policy to correct these shortcomings;
  • Kanika Bell, Ph.D., LP, addressing women’s mental health issues, with a focus on women of color;
  • lore dickey, Ph.D., LP, focusing on the behavior health support needs of transgender and non-binary individuals;
  • John Mundt, Ph.D., talking on moral injury, PTSD, and suicide among returning veterans;
  • Elaine Cheung, Ph.D., and Thomas P. Conley, JD, sharing ways to recognize and respond to professional burnout for physicians and attorneys; and
  • Amy Swearer, JD, discussing mental illness and firearm regulation.