Government Alliance on Race and Equity

How does CDPH incorporate race equity in its own city-run mental health services?
What about working with its community mental health advisory board?
Who is the Department’s Director of Equity?

https://www.racialequityalliance.org/jurisdictions/chicago-department-of-public-health/

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2019 Chicago Budget Hearing – Questions for 2FM

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”)

Signage

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The Greater Lawn Mental Health Center on the southwest side (Ward 23) has outdated signage.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.

Question:

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?

ADA Accessibility

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.”

Question:

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.

Question:

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

2019 Budget Hearing MOPD – Four Questions

November 1, 2018

Dear Aldermen,

The Community Mental Health Board would appreciate it if you would please consider asking Commissioner Tamley a few of the attached questions during the City Council Departmental Budget Hearing on the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities 2019 Budget.

Four questions:

ADA Accessibility

After the Community Mental Health Board of Chicago filed a complaint with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) in 2017, the MOPD surveyed Greater Lawn Mental Health Center and Lawndale Mental Health Center for accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Both facilities were found to have access issues. Board membership includes persons with wheelchair experience.

The two mental health centers determined not accessible under the ADA were surveyed in 2012, as well. But no action was taken then. (1) What is the MOPD 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?

The CDPH CARF Survey Reports for three of the four past surveys have noted mental health services access barriers and recommended, each time, the CDPH come up with an accessibility plan and a plan for annually monitoring mental health service accessibility: “The plan should be reviewed at least annually for relevance, including progress made in the removal of identified barriers and areas needing improvement, and be updated as needed.” See CDPH-CARF Survey Reports 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016

(2) How are you working with the Chicago Department of Public Health to “implement an accessibility plan that includes actions to be taken and timelines for the removal of all identified barriers?” See CARF Survey 2016.

According to the most recent 2017 Illinois Department of Mental Health data, the employment of persons receiving mental health services from state supported services – such as CDPH is quite low.  See 2017 SAMHSA Uniform Reporting System (URS) Output Tables. CDPH mental health center participants have asked for employment support. (3) How is the MOPD and its Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunities For People with Disabilities working with CDPH mental health centers to support persons in getting employed?

(4) Have you reviewed the accessibility of CDPH’s tele-psychiatry plan?

 

Thank you for your attention and consideration.

The Community Mental Health Board of Chicago

 

Community Mental Health Board Meeting 10-15-18

Community Mental Health Board of Chicago Meeting
Monday, October 15, 2018 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Greater Grand Mental Health Center
M. L. King Center, 4314 S Cottage Grove Ave,
Chicago, 60653
Phone: (312) 747-0036

Agenda
1. Welcome and introductions
2. Approval of previous meetings minutes
3. Proposed vote of no confidence for health commissioner
4. Proposal for the creation of a separate city department of mental health
5. CDPH mental health budget and special meeting to discuss
6. Service quality/equity/ (CARF) improvement plan
7. CDPH communications & monthly updates
8. Brief follow-up status reports:
Telepsychiatry, facility accessibility and upgrades, murals
service referrals, Medicaid managed care enrollment, language access plan
Behavioral Health Capacity Assessment
9. Impact of state, county, mayoral elections
10. Open/Public Comment/Announcements
11. Next meeting November 19, 2018– Englewood Mental Health Center

For Your Information – CDPH-CCHHS Telepsychiatry Notes

To: Chicago Mental Health Advocates

Telepsychiatry Notes- For Your Information:

According to Cook County Health and Hospitals System FOIA officer, the following Behavioral Health Consortium agencies are using CCCHS-ReGroup Telepsychiatry services:
Bobby E. Wright
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago
Corporate Level
Family Guidance Centers
Habilitative Systems Inc.
Haymarket Center
Human Resources Development Institute
Lutheran Social Services
Metropolitan Family Services
Provident Hospital
Roseland Behavioral Health Clinic
South Suburban Council

http://www.countycare.com/Media/Default/pdf/Behavioral_Health_Trifold_07182018.pdf

“ReGroup does not track the number of patients or visits as their sessions are recorded in the Consortium members EMR. However, from December 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018 they have worked 2,444.5 hours and had approximately 4,889 appointments.”

“All of the ReGroup expenses related to adult psychiatry.”
“The amount paid to ReGroup is 353,043.50 from 1/2/2018 to 8/23/2018” [by CCHHS].

The CDPH-CCHHS intergovernmental agreement has not been finalized.

Source: CCHHS FOIA Officer – 8/27/2018

Facility Update: Greater Lawn Mental Health Center

Facility Update: Greater Lawn Mental Health Center

Please review O2018-4236 for the next meeting:

https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3510506&GUID=70A50AAD-342E-4476-96E8-2BE2DA651176&Options=Advanced&Search=

Please bring recommendations.

Commissioner Tamley has informed us that on May 23, 2018, the mayor introduced an ordinance (# O2018-4236) to approve the lease renewal for the building at 4150 W 55th St, that houses the Greater Lawn Mental Health Center. The landlord is 4150 Partnership and the lease is for another six years or until 2024. The city will pay monthly rent of $24,425 for the first three years ($879,300) and $25,160 per month for the second three years of the lease ($905,760).

The lease requires the landlord to make renovations and repairs or “Site Improvements” to address ADA compliance issues at the landlord’s expense &  detailed in Exhibit A  (see pages 22 to 31).  Improvements include painting interior rooms and new carpet. The Site Improvements are to be done within 120 days of the lease renewal. The lease also requests the landlord to provide items listed in Exhibit B but at cost to the City.

The City Council has not acted on the lease, it has been introduced and referred to the Committee on Housing and Real Estate.  The date of the next committee meeting is not posted.

https://chicago.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=12386&GUID=7F2E07E3-4FED-4863-A084-265E9B04521F&Search=

Renovations to the receptionist window appeared to be underway when we visited the Center on May 21, 2018.

Still needed: interior decorator, signage, mural, and planters, flag, new furniture.

Thank you Community Mental Health Board participants for deciding to visit the center, speaking up and raising concerns, requesting an ADA accessibility investigation, and persisting with the inquiry until the MOPD investigated and shared the results and plan.