Posts tagged "mental health clinics"

Mental health advocates call for Chicago public health commissioner to resign

Mental health advocates call for Chicago public health commissioner to resign
“Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Choucair and Rahm have got to go!” That’s what protesters from Southside Together Organizing for Power were shouting Monday afternoon as they gathered in front of the DePaul Center on State Street, calling for the resignation of Dr. Bechara Choucair, the commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Public Health. Protesters held up... Read more »

Could Chicago cut mental health services entirely in 2014? An unpersuasive argument

Could Chicago cut mental health services entirely in 2014? An unpersuasive argument
Wednesday, we looked at a report by Chicago’s Civic Federation that recommended, among other measures, the closing of Chicago’s mental health and primary care clinics months before the Chicago Department of Public Health announced it. Mayor Emmanuel seems to be following many of the other suggestions in the report rather closely too. Read part one... Read more »

Will Chicago follow Civic Federation recommendation and cut mental health services entirely in 2014?

Will Chicago follow Civic Federation recommendation and cut mental health services entirely in 2014?
I had never seen the Civic Federation report until last week, but there it was in black and white: a recommendation to shut down Chicago’s mental health and primary care centers, put out months before Mayor Rahm Emanuel ever suggested privatizing or shuttering clinics. It was a therapist at one of Chicago’s mental health clinics... Read more »
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Politics in review: Arrested protestors want face time with Rahm; Jackson, Jr. in hot seat; Preckwinkle snuffs ICE; Daley's day in court

Here’s a week’s worth of political and elections news that had The Chicago Reporter jawing. Twenty-three people were arrested early Friday morning after barricading themselves inside a Woodlawn mental health clinic in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to consolidate 12 clinics into six. The Chicago Reporter recently reported on some of the planned closures. ... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: George Zimmerman charged; subprime lending is back; Derrick Smith indicted

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly.  The announcement that George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder was welcomed by advocates who felt that letting Zimmerman go free, despite there being little question that he had shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was a travesty of justice. Rep. Derrick... Read more »

Mental health clinic closures begin Monday

On Monday, the first round of mental health center closures hit Rogers Park and Logan Square. Northwest MHC and Northtown Rogers Park MHC will be the first of six planned mental health center to shut over the next week. Under the city’s budget passed in November, the mental health clinics are the latest public service... Read more »
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Updated: Protesters stage City Hall sit-in against clinic cuts

It started off as a press conference this morning at the Chicago Temple, with 150 people reportedly gathering to share their stories about the need for Chicago’s public mental health clinics. Now, a dozen of those protesters are sitting outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s door on the fifth floor of City Hall. They’re demanding a change... Read more »

Emanuel's biggest cut: services for the poor

Emanuel's biggest cut: services for the poor
Look at any area of the city’s 2012 budget, as proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and you won’t see any bite larger than from the area labeled “community services.” Most section of the budget is getting cut. Finance and administration down by 3.1 percent. Legislative and elections down 9.5 percent. Infrastructure down 1 percent. City... Read more »

Mayor dodges protesters asking questions about the city's mental health services

Mayor dodges protesters asking questions about the city's mental health services
For N’dana Carter, the fight for the city’s mental health services isn’t just political; it’s personal. “I suffer from depression and panic attacks. In those panic attacks, sometimes I think about suicide,” Carter said. “Without being able to go to the clinic, I could get help.” But you wouldn’t guess Carter is struggling from the... Read more »
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