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On August 25, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Community Emergency Services and Supports Act (CESSA), also known as the Stephon Watts Act. This new legislation requires emergency response operators such as those at 911 centers, to refer calls seeking mental and behavioral health support to a new service that can dispatch a team of mental health professionals instead of police. Work to implement CESSA will occur over the next year and is expected to be complete by January 1, 2023.
Illinois Department of Human ServicesJB Pritzker, Governor · Grace B. Hou, Secretary
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