What We Want
1. Keep the twelve mental health clinics open. If the December 31
layoffs have created an imbalance in the work force, balance the work
force per the AFSCME contract.
2. Use a portion of the City stimulus money as bridge money that will
allow the City to take the necessary steps to recoup the money cut by
the State retroactively and ensure restoration of the previous level of
State funding going forward.
3. Recall the City workers laid off as a result of the loss of State funding
to ensure restoration of the previous level of State funding by
maintaining the client base and billing activity.
4. Establish a joint Management/Union employee involvement program
which will, in consultation with mental health consumers and
advocates, identify and implement the most efficient methods for
maximizing billing potential (including retro-active billing) without
impacting on the quality of patient services.
5. Establish a joint task force comprised of consumers, advocates, City Managers,
and the Union to study the feasibility of establishing a separate self-sustaining City of Chicago Mental Health Department.