Day Four: CESSA Week of Action: Contact Your Illinois State Senator


October 15, 2020 | by Amber Smock

Action Week for Illinois Community Emergency Services and Supports Act (CESSA): Day Four

Today is Day Four of Access Living’s Week of Action to #SupportCESSA. We’re asking you to contact your Illinois State Senator to ask them to support statewide access to 911-level emergency response for mental/behavioral crises that do not involve police. Your voices are needed! Here is the quick action link to send an email. You must live in Illinois to take action.


  • CESSA is an Illinois state bill (HB5009/SB3449) that aims to increase coordination for 911-level emergency services in order to create a statewide mobile response option for mental and behavioral health crises.
  • This mobile response would not involve police.
  • CESSA was developed by the members of Advance Your Leadership Power (AYLP), Access Living’s disability and racial justice organizing group, over the past four years.
  • CESSA is NOT based on a co-responder model, (where police are accompanied by social workers).
  • Instead, CESSA aims to take the load off law enforcement with improved response to non-violent emergency situations.

Learn more about CESSA here.

What else can you do?: Visit this link and scroll to the end to submit your personal testimony. There are also a lot of great ideas for sharing your personal testimony on social media as well; be sure to use the hashtag #SupportCESSA! You can also submit a video, too.

We’re so thankful for your help to #SupportCESSA and get the word out before the Illinois veto session in mid-November. Help us raise awareness about why communities need non-police emergency response options for people with disabilities in crises!

Virtual Lobbying Week Schedule

  • October 12: Advocate Personal Testimony Day
  • October 13: Emergency Responder/Professional Testimony Day (TODAY!)
  • October 14: Illinois House Advocacy Day
  • October 15: Illinois Senate Advocacy Day
  • October 16: Governor of Illinois Advocacy Day
  • After our Week of Action, join us for an online mobilizing meeting. Date TBD.

Thank you for your advocacy.