Commissioner Says Mental Health Centers Will Re-Open

From: Mason, Terry
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2009 8:29 PM
To: CDPH Distribution List
Subject: Mental Health Clinics

Greetings…..

As you have read, heard or seen in the news, economic stimulus funds will be used to delay closing of the four CDPH mental health clinics that were scheduled for consolidation.

We are working to re-open the clinics over the next two weeks.  In the meantime, all CDPH mental health staff should report to their current work assignments until further notice. Details on staffing of the four clinics will be coming soon from Deputy Commissioner Sylvia Riperton-Lewis and others, through appropriate channels.

Use of stimulus funding is an interim solution as City officials work to determine a way to keep these centers open for the long term.

When the decision was made by CDPH to consolidate, there was no access to these stimulus funds.

That said, all of us recognize that government must live within its means, just as everyone else must—especially in a harsh and worsening recession, when tax revenues are not only flat but plummeting every day.

On the other hand, I know that all of us at CDPH fully understand the importance of mental health care, and we understand the costs–the human costs and the financial costs–of untreated mental illness.

Therefore, we’re doing all we can to keep these four clinics open, at least in the short-term.

In the current economic climate, no one can guarantee future funding, but we will guarantee that we will try our best to use the limited resources we have to serve as many Chicagoans as we can—just as we always do.

Sincerely,
Dr. Terry Mason

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