Community Mental Health Board 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, March 30, 2009, at the DePaul University Center, 2nd floor Board Room, 333 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604 (Telephone: 312-747-9888).


Call to Order
Approval of the Agenda
Reading and Approval of Minutes
Chicago Department of Public Health Administrators Reports
Mental Health Center Closures
Strategic Plan for City Mental Health Services

  • Retreat


Other Reports:

  • Summit Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Board Charter-Annual Report

New Business

Public Comments




IMHPAC Planning Committee Meeting

For your Information:
The next meeting of the Planning Committee of the Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council is scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2009, from 12-3pm.  It will be exclusively via teleconference:

The call in number and access code:

USA Toll-Free: 888-251-2909

ACCESS CODE: 9863507


1    Introduction
2    Adult Section of Block Grant Application Review
3    2010 IL Block Grant Application- please read:
4    5/14/2009 Performance and Outcome Measures Workshop
5    IMHPAC Website:

Federal Stimulus Funds For City Mental Health Clinics?

Progress Illinois journalist Andrea Caputo asks whether federal stimulus funding could provide a temporary solution for keeping four city mental health centers open while the health department fixes the billing problems.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Department of Public Health continues to move forward with plans to close four city mental health centers in two weeks. Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman of the 4th Ward, reports that the Abraham Lincoln Centre will be moving into the King Center on April 13, 2009, to provide community mental health services after the City’s own Greater Grand/Mid-South Mental Health Center closes and leaves the King Center on or about April 7th. There are questions about the capacity of the Lincoln Centre to serve the number of adults served by the Greater Grand clinic.

It was reported at a meeting of the Cook County/Woodlawn Adult Health Center Advisory Board that the city health department has already begun to set up an HIV/AIDS clinic in the space currently occupied by Woodlawn Mental Health Center.

Mental Health Advocates Picket at Health Department

Mayor Daley and Health Commissioner Terry Mason are beginning to get the point… don’t mess with STOP! Close to 150 people packed First Presbyterian Church last Thursday evening as Alderman Cochran of the 20th Ward and Health Committee Chair Alderman Ed Smith of the 28th Ward joined Health Commissioner Terry Mason to listen to testimony of patients who would be affected by the threatened closure of four southside mental health clinics. Alderman Cochran and Smith both agreed to support a city council resolution to declare an immediate indefinite moratorium on clinic closures and all three agreed to talk to Mayor Daley about setting up a meeting regarding the clinic closures with us.

See all the latest press, including new coverage from TimeOut Chicago, the Tribune, the ChiTown Daily News and Chicago Public radio at

Now is NOT the time to rest!!! We need to keep up the pressure, so please join us for another action this Thursday during your lunch break:
333 S. State
Thursday 3/19

You can meet us there or catch a bus. Buses are leaving at 10am from the Beverely/Morgan Park Clinic (1987 W. 111th st), and the Greater Grand Clinic (4314 S. Cottage Grove) and at 10:30am from the Woodlawn Clinic (6337 S. Woodlawn) and the Back of the Yards Clinic (4313 S. Ashland).

Remember, closing clinics is just another way to displace the community. These clinics are all in already under-served black and Latino communities and two of the clinics are right in the vicinity of the proposed 2016 Olympic Stadium. This is about Health Care as a Human Right. This is about displacement of communities of color. This is about stopping privatization, service cuts and gentrification. This is about YOU!

Southside Together Organizing for Power
813 E.63rd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Town Hall Media Coverage

The Community Mental Health Board of Chicago and Southside Together Organizing For Power (S.T.O.P.) hosted a town hall meeting on March 12, 2009.   28th Ward Alderman Ed Smith, chairman of the Committee on Health, and 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran were in attendance, along with Chicago health commissioner Terry Mason, M.D.

Here is a link to the Chi-Town Daily News coverage of the town hall event.

Press Release: From City Hall to Town Hall

March 12th, 2009

From City Hall to Town Hall: Aldermen come to community to hear patients and workers threatened by clinic closures
First Presbyterian Church – 6400 S. Kimbark Ave – 5:30pm – Thursday 3/12/09

·      First hearing in affected community about clinic closures (town hall one block from Woodlawn clinic)
·      Public announcement of lawsuit regarding clinic closures being filed by union
·      First public appearance by Alderman Smith after saying he is hopeful the city can reverse the closures

Alderman Ed Smith, chair of the City of Chicago’s Health Committee, will join 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran and 4th Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinckle as well as several other Alderman from the Health Committee will attend a Town Hall Forum at 5:45pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 6400 S. Kimbark this Thursday March 12th to listen to testimony from patients and workers outraged by the city’s attempt to close four mental health clinics, all in black and Latino communities on the south side.

The clinics slated for closure are Back of the Yards, Beverly/Morgan Park, Greater Grant/Mid-South, and Woodlawn. Not only are all four of the clinics slated for closure on the city’s already under-served south side, but the closure of Woodlawn and Greater Grand would leave the entire southeast side of Chicago without service

Consumers would be forced to travel far from their neighborhoods to the already over-crowded remaining clinics. The approximately 1,000 southeast side consumers, for example, would be re-assigned to the Englewood clinic at 63rd and Halsted, according to Commissioner Mason.

“I’ve been a client for 10 years. Closing my clinic would devastate me when I’ve come so far,” says Percy Cooper, a consumer at the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic. “A lot of people won’t be able to travel to another clinic that is far away. Where do you want us to end up, jail?”

At health committee hearings on Tuesday, advocates and patients made a convincing case that mismanagement and staff cuts are the reason for the closures, leading several Alderman questioning the fairness and necessity of the closures. While the Mayor has pointed the finger at the State for funding shortfalls, advocates insist that with the massive expenditures planned for the Olympics already underway and the recent privatization of city parking meters it is in the Mayor’s power to stop these closures while advocates and legislators work towards a more permanent solution to the chronic under-funding of mental health services.

Thursday’s town hall is being called by the Community Mental Health Board of Chicago and Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP).