Questions submitted on October 23, 2018 for Chicago aldermen to ask the Chicago Commissioner of Fleet and Facilities Management (“2FM”) at the 2019 Chicago Budget Hearing.
October 23, 2018
Proposed Committee on Budget questions for the Department of Fleet and Facility Management (“2FM”)
The city has five mental health centers. Often people in the local communities are unaware that mental health centers are available in their neighborhoods, in part because many of the city centers do not have adequate or any signage.
For example, there is no signage at entrance to the North Park complex (Ward 39) or within the park grounds to inform interested members of the public that the North River Mental Health Center is located there.
The Greater Lawn Mental Health Center on the southwest side (Ward 23) has outdated signage.
Englewood Mental Health Center (Ward 20 & 16 & 6) and Greater Grand Mental Health Center (Ward 3 & Ward 4) also lack signage externally and within.
What is 2FM doing to provide adequate signage for all city-operated mental health centers? Can 2FM help with the placement of planters and City flags outside the mental health centers?
At the request of the Community Mental Health Board, at the end of 2017, the Greater Lawn Mental Health Center and Lawndale Mental Health Center were surveyed by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Board membership includes persons with wheelchair experience. Both facilities were found to have access issues.
At the Greater Lawn location, the landlord was required, for lease renewal, to make changes to the facility to bring it under compliance. O2018-4236.
It was recommended that the Lawndale Mental Health Center be relocated due to the extent of work that would be required to bring the facility under ADA compliance. Additionally, the mental health center is currently located in an unattractive warehouse. Last year, Alderman Ervin said that it “looked like a place that you wouldn’t want to go to.”
What is the status of the plans to relocate the Lawndale Mental Health Center? One of the nearby locations under consideration already houses a mental health center.
The two mental health centers determined not accessible under the ADA were surveyed in 2012, as well. But no action was taken then. What is the 2FM policy or procedure for addressing problematic facilities that house city services? Do any of the remaining three mental health centers have ADA accessibility or other facility issues that need to be fixed?
Thank you for your attention and consideration.
The Community Mental Health Board of Chicago