NIU Hosting Mental Health Training For Law Enforcement Officers
Source: NIU

Northern Illinois University is hosting two seminars this month to train police officers on the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.

The programs are happening as the result of a grant of nearly $36,000 from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.  Watch 23WIFR coverage of NIU grant.

The seminars will be conducted by NIU psychology professor Michelle Lilly, who specializes in PTSD and trauma recovery, and Sgt. Shawn Curry of the Peoria Police Department, who is also the vice president of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA), which is co-sponsoring the seminars with the university.

“It’s time we give back and really save blue lives,” says Northern Illinois University associate professor of clinical psychology Michelle Lilly. “It’s just really important to remember that most people run away from danger… they’re running toward danger to protect all of us.”

The first seminar is scheduled at the Hoffman Estates campus of NIU on June 12 and 13. Another is scheduled June 26 and 27 in Naperville.  Both Seminars are currently full.

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Social, Economic Inequities Grow with Age
Source: Center for Retirement Research

Retirement, as portrayed in TV commercials, is for indulging a passion, whether tennis, enjoying more time with a spouse, frequent socializing, or civic engagement.

Boston University sociologist Deborah Carr isn’t buying this idealized picture of aging.

“This gilded existence is not within the grasp of all older adults,” she argues in “Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life.” “For those on the lower rungs of the ladder,” she writes, retirement is “marked by daily struggle, physical health challenges and economic scarcity.”

Her book, which mines multidisciplinary research on aging, reaches the distressing conclusion that economic inequality not only exists but that it becomes more pronounced as people age and become vulnerable. And this problem will grow and affect more people as the population gets older.

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Source: IPPFA

“America’s First Responders are tasked with dealing with work that is highly stressful, where one continually faces the effects of murder, violence, accidents, serious injury, and death. The day in, day out effects of these situations wreak havoc both personally and professionally on those who serve their communities. Work as a first responder is a combination of extreme boredom with incidents of mind-numbing terror.”


“Most officers work 50+ hours a week taking care of everyone else’s problems, and they rarely take the time to take care of their own. It’s time every officer looks at those who stand firm alongside of them and begin to take care of one another and ourselves.”


To read Shawn’s article in full, please click here.


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Create your personal my Social Security account today
Source: Social Security Administration

With your free, personal my Social Security account, you can receive personalized estimates of future benefits based on your real earnings, see your latest Statement, and review your earnings history. It even makes it easy to request a replacement Social Security Card or check the status of an application, from anywhere!

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PTSD Training Event – Saving Blue Lives
Source: NIU and IPPFA

The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) and Northern Illinois University have teamed up to develop a program to assist law enforcement leaders and rank-and-file officers in expanding their knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as it effects police officers. This program, “Saving Blue Lives through Training on PTSD, Suicide, Resilience and Peer Support,” is offered at no cost to those attending.

irst responders are routinely exposed to critical incidents involving exposure to injury or death in others, as well as the risk of injury or death to themselves. Research shows, and those in the profession intuitively know, that individual incidents and accumulated exposure can adversely affect the mental and physical health of those involved.

The NIU – IPPFA seminar will include:

  • Learning the symptoms of PTSD
  • Conditions that often arise with PTSD, such as depression and substance abuse
  • Identifying ways to bolster resistance
  • Suicide and conditions such as PTSD
  • Methods for dealing with PTSD without the help of a mental health professional
  • Effective treatments with the help of a mental health professional

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Do Tax Breaks Help or Hurt a State’s Finances? New Study Digs Deep.
Source: Governing

The debate over tax incentives usually centers on whether they lead to job creation and other economic benefits. But governments must also pay attention to their own bottom lines. This begs the question: How do all the financial incentives that states offer actually influence fiscal health?

New research seeks to answer that question. Using data from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, researchers at North Carolina State University tallied all incentives offered by 32 states from 1990 to 2015, effectively covering 90 percent of incentives nationally. What they found doesn’t portray incentives in a positive light. Most of the programs they looked at — investment tax credits, property tax abatements, and tax credits for research and development — were linked with worse overall fiscal health for the jurisdiction that enacted them.

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Disability Statistics and Data
Source: Workforce GPS

Disability statistics can be a useful tool to increase our collective understanding of the barriers faced by the disability population in the workforce.  This information can also help us learn more about the customers we serve each day at an American Job Center. The following resource links are provided to help you gain insights on current and historical labor force participation at the national, state, and county level.

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Video: Fire and Police Pension Funds
Source: At Issue

Cities in Illinois face pension obligations that are straining their budgets. The president of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, Peoria Police Pension Fund President and the Peoria City Treasurer discuss two steps that might ease the financial burden. They support legislation to allow more investment options called the prudent person rule and an open amortization system.

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Your Medicare Coverage – Long-Term Care
Source: U. S. Government

Long-Term Care

Medicare doesn’t cover long-term care (also called Custodial care), if that’s the only care you need. Most nursing home care is custodial care.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay 100% for non-covered services, including most long-term care.

What it is

Long-term care is a range of services and support for your personal care needs. Most long-term care isn’t medical care. Instead, most long-term care is help with basic personal tasks of everyday life, sometimes called activities of daily living.

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