Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network


The Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network uses a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to support our region’s most vulnerable children. We focus on professional development, community education and research-based interventions to help children who have experienced abuse or are at risk of abuse.  

Our network positively impacts the child protection system in Illinois, helping DCFS keep children who are not abused in their homes, provide in-home services when appropriate and remove children from dangerous environments when necessary, so that fewer children experience serious injury or death.

Our board-certified pediatricians are committed to serving central and southern Illinois and empowering other physicians, clinicians, educators and community stakeholders to advocate for children in need.


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Southern Illinois teams to participate in child abuse simulation training

The challenges of preventing and responding to cases of child abuse can be difficult, even to professionals familiar in their roles within social welfare agencies. To aid in improving care, child protection teams from two Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) in Franklin and Williamson counties and the seven southernmost counties in Illinois (Two Rivers CAC) will receive simulation training on February 21-22 in Carbondale.
Dr. Kari Wolf & Gov. JB Pritzker

New Behavioral Health Workforce Center announced

Governor JB Pritzker and state and local officials celebrated the launch of a new Behavioral Health Workforce Center that will increase Illinois’ capacity to recruit, educate, and retain behavioral health professionals. The Center will be based at SIU School of Medicine.

SIU School of Medicine, University of Illinois Springfield to launch simulation training site in Southern Illinois

In partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Child Protection Training Academy in Southern Illinois will help child protection investigators and law enforcement personnel by providing effective, evidence-based training

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