July 28, 2023

AFSCME offers roadmap to reopen Chicago’s closed mental health clinics

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s commitment to reopen the city’s previously closed mental health clinics and begin building a new and better system of public mental health services can be kept in the mayor’s first four-year term, according to new report from AFSCME Council 31.

Read the full report by clicking the link here. 

A summary of the report is available here.

“Under Mayor Johnson and the new City Council, Chicago has an opportunity to fix past mistakes, reverse clinic closures and rebuild the strong network of public mental health services our communities need,” Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said. “We offer this report to look at where we’ve been, where we are and most importantly, where we can go together as a city. Our union and our members look forward to working with other stakeholders and elected officials to make the mayor’s vision a reality.”

The report suggests:

Council 31 represents therapists, psychologists and administrative staff in CDPH, which operated 19 clinics until the 1990s and 12 as recently as 2011.

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