January Meeting Documents

Documents distributed at Monday’s Board meeting:

There are two errors in the minutes overlooked by the Board.
(1) Lawndale Center has psychiatrist coverage 1/2 day each week on Thursdays
(2) It was acknowledged that medication refill clinics are not set up for follow-up evaluation of non-medication related problems except at the discretion and subject to the availability of the individual covering psychiatrist.



Englewood PSR Program

At yesterday’s Community Mental Health Board meeting, there was continued advocacy on behalf of the Englewood psychosocial rehabilitation program and participants. Specifically, Diane continued to advocate for the reinstatement of lunch (or snacks) because of the length of program sessions. The CDPH deputies took notes.

The Illinois Mental Health Collaborative describes the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) as follows:

This service is provided in your mental health center building. You can think of PSR as a classroom for building skills to help you live, work, learn, and participate fully in your community.

Three city mental health centers are certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (“CARF”) to offer Community Integration programs such as PSR: Englewood Mental Health Center, Greater Lawn Mental Health Center, and North River Mental Health Center.

Billing and services report data distributed on yesterday show the following Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) PSR activity.

In state fiscal year 2013, Englewood posted 1,428 visits for PSR group while North River posted 2,465 PSR group visits.

In state fiscal year 2014, Englewood posted 374 visits (or transactions) and North River had 1,856.

[The state fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.]

Although no PSR program visits were recorded for Greater Lawn Mental Health Center, it had an active community support program.

Why is the PSR program limited to just two centers?

Mental Health and the 2015 Election

Two years after half Chicago’s public mental health clinics were closed, those affected speak out on OUR vision. All mayoral and aldermanic candidates and all residents of Chicago are invited!


Join us at a public forum.
Thursday, February 5, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington

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Mental Health Center Performance Measures

During the October and December Board meetings we spent some time discussing what we would like to receive in a monthly mental health center performance report from the health department. Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) administrators asked the Board to give consideration to the monthly reports already prepared by CDPH as part of its internal performance and quality monitoring activities.

Under the FOIA, CDPH provided an Excel spreadsheet of its mental health service “public health intervention” measures.  Here is a copy of the CDPH report that includes 12 of the 13 measures. [PDF here]

Here is a document that displays the list of 2012 CDPH performance measures and the current ones. It also includes a copy of the Board’s draft (“List of CMHC performance measures from October 2014”) and list of items included in the old mental health center directors’ reports.

Mental health center reports from the past:

The following reports are shared so that new participants and administrators can appreciate the type of information CDPH used to share with the Board.

September 2007 Directors Report Summary

November 2007 Directors Report Summary

The first section of these documents summarizes the surveys of persons served (waiting times, medication effects, satisfaction with services, and health and safety) and the second part (financial activities, consumer accomplishments, program plan, personnel activities, annual goals and objectives) includes excerpts from the narrative sections of the mental health center reports; the text was copied from the original.

There are two spreadsheets with the data compiled from September and November of 2007 directors’ reports and consumer surveys. [Disclaimer: The data and quality of data belong to CDPH]

The Board did not receive monthly reports after early 2008.  CDPH submitted two in 2009, one in May and the other in June.

CDPH used to survey persons served about their experiences with city operated health services.  A sample from 2007-2008 is available here. The last known CDPH survey of persons served was the MHSIP or Mental Health Statistical Improvement Project ‐ Adult Consumer Survey which was prepared in 2010 or 2011.

Other performance measures:

Illinois includes quarterly performance measures its contracts or Community Services Agreements with community mental health service provider agencies. [See http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=69558 ]

There are Illinois Medicaid managed care measures [pages 3‐4] and quality measures.

National Outcomes Measures (NOMS) included in state Uniform Reporting System tables and mental health block grant reports cover these general categories:

Access to Services/Capacity: Client Characteristics, Stability in Housing, Adult Employment, Criminal Justice Involvement, School Attendance in Children, Readmission to State Hospitals

National Quality Forum behavioral health measures

Community Mental Health Board Monthly Meeting

When:  Monday, January 26, 2015

Time:   11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Chicago Department of Public Health, Depaul Center
333 S. State Street, 2nd floor Board Room.

The objectives of the BOARD are to: (1) Work toward the establishment and maintenance of community-based mental health centers throughout the City of Chicago; (2) Independently and/or in cooperation with others take all the necessary action to see that such community mental health centers are located, staffed, and equipped, so as to provide, maximum service to all people within the City of Chicago who may need mental health services; (3) On its own initiative or at the request of others, consult with and make recommendations to the responsible officers in the Division of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, the Board of Health, the City of Chicago, the Health Systems Agency, and the State of Illinois, or any interested federal department or agency at any and all levels of authority and/or responsibility; (4) To provide an arena for communication and cooperation among the local boards to maintain, by coordinated action, a maximum level of mental health services in the community; (5) To enhance communication between the local communities and the staff of the Division to promote maximum fulfillment of identified needs; (6) As a exempt organization the BOARD will pursue fund raising grant opportunities, i.e. activities, grants, donations, so as to enhance the programs and services of the Division.

Source: Section 4. CMHBC Bylaws