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.