Ask an Expert

Welcome to our “ask the expert” blog where we will feature answers to your questions from our pool of community experts. We are fortunate to have experts from the Barrington Police Department, Lake County States Attorney’s office, Therapists, Mental Health Treatment Programs, Housing, Employment and more.

Have a question you’d like to ask our pool of experts? Simply email your questions to info@namiba.org


What services for mental health issues would you like to see provided by the community churches? Service organizations?

Educational topics always serve well. Also, having lay counselors who know the community resources may be important for their congregations …
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I would like to get help for a loved one who cannot afford insurance but is not eligible for aid and desperately needs help. The have alcoholism and depression.

Alcohol is a depressant and will further exacerbate depression. It can also increase someone’s potential to act radically under the …
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How do you recommend helping someone who is not suicidal but is very disorganized in thought, paranoid, or psychotic?

The most important factor here is to get the person on medication. That is the primary way that the thinking …
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We live in the suburbs and our son lives in Chicago. Is there a number to call if we don’t know his location and he calls us threatening suicide?

This is another outstanding question. More than likely in this scenario, the local police department would first try to locate …
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If my family member was arrested and the case dismissed, can the mug shot be removed and not impact a background check?

This ultimately would be a question for an attorney, but if they were a juvenile at the time of the …
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Do all police departments have trained mental health officers?

One great way to find out if a particular department has any trained mental health officers is to call the …
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If my family member was arrested and the case dismissed, can the mug shot be removed and not impact a background check?

The short answer is: it depends, although expungement may be an option. That is, in Illinois, when records are “expunged,” …
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