In a short-sighted move that will only result in larger bills for the city down the road, Chicago is shutting down half of its 12 mental health clinics. The mental health clinics serve lower income families, and those who can least afford to pay for behavioral healthcare services.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided to shutter 6 of the city’s 12 clinics in his 2012 budget, after Gov. Quinn’s budget cuts to the state budget drastically reduced state payments for mental health services across Illinois.
Illinois, like many states, usually finds it easiest to cut public mental health services first, because mental health has few lobbyists that work on behalf of the population most affected — the poor.
Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. The comments below begin with the oldest comments first. Click on the last comments page to jump to the most recent comments.
Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines.Post a Comment: