Commissioner to appear before the Committee on Health

On February 11, 2009, a resolution was passed by the Chicago City Council calling for the health commissioner to appear before “the Committee on Health to give testimony and answer committee members questions concerning the decision to close the Back of the Yards, Beverly/Morgan Park, Greater Grand/Mid-South and Woodlawn Department of Health mental health facilities.”

The date of the next meeting of the Committee on Health has not been announced.

The Resolution
is copied below.

RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE CLOSURES OF ONE-THIRD OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO’S MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

WHEREAS, The public has expressed an extremely great concern over the City of Chicago’s announced closing of a third of the city’s mental health facilities; and

WHEREAS, The closures of the Back of the Yards, Beverly/Morgan Park, Greater Grand/Mid-South and Woodlawn Department of Health mental health facilities, all located on the South Side of this city, impose a specific hardship of those who reside in and around those communities; and

WHEREAS, In 2006, this august body passed a resolution that called for a moratorium on closing the city’s mental health centers; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the undersigned members of the City of Chicago City Council, assembled this 11th day of February, 2009 A.D., do hereby call upon Commissioner of Health Dr. Terry C. Mason to come before the next meeting of the Committee on Health to give testimony and answer committee members questions concerning the decision to close the Back of the Yards, Beverly/Morgan Park, Greater Grand/Mid-South and Woodlawn Department of Health mental health facilities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be prepared and presented to Health Commissioner Dr. Terry C. Mason.

ED H. SMITH
Alderman – 28th Ward

Schedule of regular meetings

Schedule of meetings

Meetings of the Community Mental Health Board of Chicago
normally are held on the last Monday of each month, at 10:00 a.m., at the DePaul Center, 333 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604 (312) 747-9888

Meeting dates for 2009:
January 26, 2009
February 23, 2009
March 30, 2009
April 27, 2009
*May 18, 2009
June 29, 2009
July 27, 2009
August 31, 2009
September 28, 2009
October 26, 2009
November 30, 2009
December 28, 2009
*the last Monday of this month is a holiday.

Notice of Regular Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Community Mental Health Board of Chicago has scheduled a regular meeting of the Board to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 23, 2009, at the DePaul University Center, 2nd floor Board Room, 333 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604 (Telephone: 312-747-9888)

The meeting agenda will be posted shortly.