State Representative Sheri Jesiel was recently named the 2018 Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Psychological Association.

This year, Representative Jesiel sponsored legislation which was initiated by the IPA, and was signed into law by Governor Rauner. Jesiel’s bill, HB1853, creates a multi-state compact that enables psychologists and their patients to continue treatment during short-term out-of-state travel. The IPA recognized Rep. Jesiel for her support of this legislation, and her public and personal commitment to ensuring those with mental illness receive access to quality and affordable treatment.

“I am honored to receive this award, and to have the ability to advocate for those that need access to mental health services,” said Rep. Jesiel. “I look forward to continue working with the IPA to provide the best access to necessary mental health treatment for those that need it.”

The IPA was founded more than 60 years ago, and is the largest professional association of psychologists with over 1,200 Illinois members. The organization works to advance psychology as a science, profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Representative Jesiel received her award at the IPA’s special awards luncheon at their annual convention in Schaumburg, which gathers hundreds of area psychologists.

Consumers Cooperative Association (CCA), the sponsor of Consumers Credit Union, is offering students the opportunity to earn one of fifteen $2,000 scholarships! The scholarship program is part of Association’s effort to support and invest in the youth of the community.

The scholarships are available for students scheduled to graduate high school in the spring of 2019. Applicants are evaluated on academic performance, financial need and leadership abilities, in addition to their involvement and activity within the local community.

Click here to download the application and find out more on how to apply.

The scholarship deadline is December 31, 2018.

State Representative Sheri Jesiel will be hosting a diaper drive to collect diapers for those in need in Lake County. The diapers will be given to Diaper Depot, a Diaper Bank Project of Catholic Charities Lake County, which facilitates diaper collection and distribution.

Diapers are an essential and often overlooked need for families who struggle financially. Diapers are expensive and safety net programs like WIL and SNAP do not cover their cost. In Fiscal Year 2016 Diaper Depot assisted 3,490 children by distributing 167,558 diapers to children of all religious, racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds throughout Lake County.

Help a family in need by donating a pack of diapers. Representative Jesiel’s office in Antioch will serve as the collection site: 959 N. Main Street, Suite 1. You can purchase and drop off at the Representative’s District Office, or order straight from Amazon and have them shipped to the office. With questions about the diaper drive, contact Rep. Jesiel’s office at (847) 395-8000.

The collection will be open through December 10th. You can find more information on Diaper Depot here.