From email, sent Friday, April 10, 2009, from Chicago Department of Public Health Labor Relations Supervisor James Karagianes to union members:
“After several meetings with mental health advocates, the city has decided to use economic stimulus funds to delay closing the four (4) mental health clinics that were scheduled for consolidation.
Therefore, please consider this e-mail as official notification that all Mental Health Staff affected by the closure of the four (4) Mental Health Clinics will resume their previous locations in two weeks ( as early as April 20, 2009, but not later than May 1, 2009) to allow time to notify clients of the change. All affected staff will return to where they were before the movement relating to the closures was made. Please keep in mind that it will take some time (up to two weeks) to provide services at these facilities. We will apply the resources we have today and will have an opportunity to enhance those once we get the stimulus funds.
Please note that this is an interim solution as the City works to determine a way to keep these centers open for the long term.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions regarding this matter.