Good News in the Mental Health Community

Good News in the Mental Health Community

By Kathy Powers, C4 Member

On Monday, March 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., C4 on Broadway at 5710 N. Broadway opened its doors to the mental health community with a drop-in center to help people with mental illnesses reintegrate into their community. Led by Erin Lipman, Herb Cobbs and Troy Butler, the center offers a consumer-driven, safe haven and comfortable environment to assist participants to empower themselves toward recovery. The center offers people to make choices and follow through on them.

The center gives consumers a place to go, a place to be. One is able to relax, enjoy and just experience. Hopefully, participants will attend and avoid isolating in their homes and on the streets.

The center’s hours are 11:00-4:00, Monday through Friday. Hours may increase to weekends when needed. 69 people registered to drop in during the first week.

Northside Action for Justice

Northside Action for Justice (NA4J)
1020 West Bryn Mawr #312
Chicago, IL 60660
Meeting March 10, 2012
10:00 a.m.

Fran Tobin opened the meeting discussing how important it is that HR services be delivered in the communities where they are needed. Closing any office adds to overcrowded, understaffed conditions and causes the disabled, seniors and the poor to travel farther using less accessible public transportation. Administrative errors will inevitably occur causing lost records and information. The Alliance for Community Services issued a petition to the governor to not close IL Department of Human Service centers (attached).

Regarding the closing of city mental health clinics, on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, protest groups plan to congregate at City Hall on the 2nd floor at 9:00 a.m.

A discussion ensued whereby money is easily available by taxing large corporations thereby paying for human services. It appears that the cuts are in reverse priority.

The next item concerned the disposition of the Maryville center in Uptown. Developers wish to build high-end residences while the community desires TIF funds to finance the Sedgewick block to return the property to a low-cost youth center.

Brief reference was made to an OCCUPY/NATO education gathering in May hosted by several advocacy groups.

Eighteen city schools have closed in “special areas” of the city, especially on the west side.

A Tax Wall Street protest is planned on March 18 at 11:00 a.m. from the Sheraton to Daley Plaza (at 12:15).

Reported by Kathy Powers

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