The City of Chicago only has 12 public mental health clinics. This is not enough to meet demand, especially as the economy gets worse and more people need help. These clinics aren’t just for patients to get medicine, they are places where people have community, where people feel at home in their own neighborhoods or close by.
Shutting them down means saving now on services only to spend more later when patients end up in jail, on the street, in emergency rooms, or dead. And now The city budget would CLOSE 1/2 OF OUR MENTAL HEALTH CLINICS AND PRIVATIZE ALL OTHER CITY CLINICS!
This is not the first attempt to close Chicago public mental health clinics. In 2009, Chicago made billing errors and lost out on millions of dollars in state funding, causing them to try to close four south side mental health clinics all in already under-served communities. We had protests, town hall meetings, city council hearings and even a sit in at Mayor Daley’s office to stop the clinics from closing.
And now it's happening----and all to save 2.2 million from Chicago's over 6 BILLION DOLLAR budget.
This is NOT how you balance a budget! TELL THE ALDERMEN AND ALDERWOMEN OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO NOT TO CLOSE AND PRIVATIZE OUR PUBLIC HEALTH CLINICS!