ACE Supports Increased Mental Health Services

One in five adults in the United States suffer from mental illness, yet access to treatment is limited and often delayed, sometimes with catastrophic results. NorthShore is developing a Psychiatric Urgent Care Program to assist those in need of immediate care, as well as a new model to aid primary care physicians in the management of patients with low to medium risk factors.

Both of these new programs are being created with support from the upcoming American Craft Exposition (ACE), a three-day fine craft show being held from Sept. 21 to 23. The event typically attracts 8,000 attendees to the Chicago Botanic Garden for the juried exposition, which features 140 craftspeople and their one-of-a-kind pieces in jewelry, ceramics, metal, fashion wearables, glass, furniture and more.

“Access to quality mental health services continues to be identified as a top community health need,” said Frederick Miller, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and the Board of Directors Chair of Psychiatry. “We're grateful that The Auxiliary's signature fundraising event will support this exciting new initiative to increase access to mental health services at NorthShore over the next two years.”

“The Psychiatric Urgent Care Program will significantly minimize wait times for patients in need of urgent care. Funding will also support a new system of coordination to help primary care physicians provide mental health services to families.”

Consider attending the Benefit Preview Party on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. The Benefit Preview Party provides sponsors and patrons the opportunity to peruse and purchase unique works of art before the Exposition opens to the public. An elegant evening with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a festive atmosphere, the Preview Party also offers guests a more personal setting to talk with artists and learn about their work.

For details and tickets for the Benefit Preview Party, or the three-day Exposition, visit

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