Media Coverage of Human Right to Mental Health Town Hall

Townhall Meeting on the Human Right to Mental Health Services
Wethepeoplemedia | February 22, 2010  (Video)

Coalition: Keep city’s mental health clinics off chopping block
Chicago Defender – by Kathy Chaney Thursday, February 18, 2010
A coalition of community groups spearheaded by Southside Together Organizing for Power fear the city will renew efforts to close or privatize its mental health clinics as the state prepares to announce mid-year adjustments to the human services budget.

City health chief tries to ease fears of counseling clients
Chicago Current – By Alex Parker, Wednesday February 17, 2010
Barring a sudden reduction in funding, none of Chicago’s 12 mental health clinics will close in 2010, the city’s new health department commissioner promised patients and advocates last night.


Board Meeting Notice



FROM:    Mr. Darryl L. Gumm, Chairman of the Board

DATE:    February 8, 2010

SUBJECT:  Community Mental Health Board Meeting.

The next meeting of the Community Mental Health Board of Chicago,  Inc. is  now scheduled for the third Monday of each month.  Our first meeting will be scheduled on Monday, February 22, 2010 at 10:00 am in the Board Room on the 2nd floor of the DePaul University Center at 333 South State Street.

We look forward for your attendance as we review last years success’ and failures and set the goals for 2010.

Thank you for your participation.


Darryl L. Gumm,
Chairman of the Board

Town Hall On The Human Right to Mental Health

Town Hall on the Human Right to Mental Health
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
First Mt. Calvary Church
6111 S. Kenwood Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

MORE INFO: Call (773) 355-8222
or E-mail

Town Hall Flier

Agenda for Town Hall on Human Right to Mental Health:

Moderator: Carol Smith, Community Mental Health Board Treasurer, STOP Board Member


1) Opening prayer – Reverend Cain, Pastor of 1st Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

2) Welcome / Introductions by N’Dana Carter, STOP member and Greater Grand member

3) Patient testimonies

4) Who we are – brief presentation from community, provider, patient representatives of coalition groups

5) Commissioner’s Presentation

6) Questions from audience


Questions we would like the Commissioner to address in his presentation:

1) What is your vision for what the city mental health centers will look like in 5 years?

2) What are you able to do to support the strengthening of city mental health services?

3) What can we expect you to do on these issues?

4) What is your plan in the face of the upcoming state budget cuts?

5) When can we schedule a follow-up conversation?