Mental Health Movement Notes

The next meeting of the Mental Health Movement  is Tuesday April 20th at 5:30pm at STOP/Backstory Cafe – 6100 S. Blackstone.

Below is the list of follow-up questions to send to Commissioner Choucair that we talked about last night (4/6/10):

Questions about psychiatrist hiring:
-What is the status of hiring the psychiatrists? This should be a top priority receiving special attention.

-The most pressing issue is addressing staffing issues to get the psychiatrists in place, when will you be going to the Mayor to say I need this done asap?

Questions about budget:

-What is your worst-case scenario plan for if the state budget cuts go through?

-What conversations have you had with the Mayor about identifying additional funding sources within the City budget?

-What funding opportunities are currently being pursued? What grants have been written for mental health services?

-Has the state committed to continue funding through the rest of the state’s fiscal year at the grant level?

Questions about billing:

-Are you going back to the Cerner system in June? What assurances are there that there won’t be the same billing problems you had last time? What’s your backup?

-You said 90% of the billing you are submitting is being approved, but how many dollars have been billed since July 1st, 2009?

-We have heard from staff that sometimes they have turned in billing for services that they then don’t see reflected. What is being done about this?

-Is there any effort to recuperate the money that was lost due to the Cerner system debacle?

Questions about accountability:

-When can we expect to start getting (as we once did) consistent monthly reports of the amount of services delivered at each clinic, the amount of money that was billed, the needs not met, deflected services, staffing levels by job classifications and the number of individuals served?

-When will we hear back about what we proposed in the meeting – adding two consumers from each of the mental health clinics to the task-force and a representative from Next Steps to the mental health task-force to ensure that all bodies – sub-committees as well as main task-force – are at least 51% composed of consumers?

-When will we get a specific response to our proposal?

Meeting Notes


It Only Takes One – KICK-OFF event

It Only Takes One, Illinois’ suicide prevention campaign, KICK-OFF event will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at Bin 36 in Chicago.  (*Please see the attached Save-the-Date for further details.)

In Illinois, more than 1,000 people die each year by suicide, which exceeds the number of deaths from homicide, HIV/AIDS or deaths by impaired driving.  Suicide is preventable and the It Only Takes One suicide prevention campaign was created to help all the citizens of our great state understand what they can do to help.

Tuesday, April 20th Event Details

It Only Takes One Suicide Prevention Campaign Kick-Off

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bin 36 – 339 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654-4817

*Drinks and Hors D’Oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by April 16th to

During this celebration, we will:

–          Host a conversation with Blue October lead singer, Justin Furstenfeld, about his own personal experiences battling depression, mental illnesses and suicide.

–          Launch the new Web site with resources and information on suicide prevention.

–          Unveil the Violet Registry – an online wall of people who support suicide prevention in Illinois.

–          Showcase the initial collateral materials that will be used throughout the campaign.

*Additional launch events will take place across the state, including in Springfield, Carbondale, Peoria, Rockford & Quincy – More details over the coming months!”

About It Only Takes One

It Only Takes One is a suicide prevention public awareness campaign funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health and operated by Mental Health America of Illinois. It Only Takes One was developed to help create an Illinois where no one is touched by suicide.