Regina Crider

Senior Policy Analyst

Regina Crider is a Senior Policy Analyst for Community and Parent Leadership at Chapin Hall. She comes to this role based on her lived experience specifically to work on the implementation to transform the Illinois children’s behavioral health care system, as described in the Blueprint for Transformation (Blueprint). Crider is deeply familiar with the impact of human service policies on families, both from her own experience as a consumer of human services and from the experience of working with children and families in need of intensive behavioral health services.

She is a statewide trainer and national speaker for children’s mental health. For 15 years, she has worked as an advocate for youth and families across various child-serving systems in Illinois. Crider is also the founder of Youth & Family Alliance and has served as the Executive Director for 8 years. She believes that families can solve their problems when given the appropriate support to do so.

In 2022, she was appointed to the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) by Governor JB Pritzker as the Interim Board Chair and she also chair’s the NB Sub-Committee for HFS Medicaid Advisory Committee. Currently she serves as Vice-President for the Family Run Executive Directors Leadership Association (FREDLA) and as a Director of the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ICMHF) Board, where she chairs the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee. Most recently she has joined the Illinois Collaborative of Youth (ICOY) and Eastern Illinois Foodbank board of Directors.