WBEZ | mental health clinics http://www.wbez.org/tags/mental-health-clinics Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: What's next for the city's mental health services? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-08-19/morning-shift-whats-next-citys-mental-health-services <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/574994_3227675883089_1221436047_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We check in with Chicago&#39;s Department of Public Health Commissioner to learn more about the state of mental health care services. And, Waukegan wants to pay homage to a literary native. Plus, we get a taste of an original score to Buster Keaton&#39;s 1927 film, &quot;The General.&quot;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-s-next-for-the-city-s-mental-he/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-s-next-for-the-city-s-mental-he.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-s-next-for-the-city-s-mental-he" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: What's next for the city's mental health services?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-08-19/morning-shift-whats-next-citys-mental-health-services Dart: ‘We’re criminalizing mental health’ http://www.wbez.org/news/dart-%E2%80%98we%E2%80%99re-criminalizing-mental-health%E2%80%99-102218 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Dart2cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says mentally ill jail inmates are overwhelming his staff. For now, though, he&rsquo;s not backing calls for Chicago to reopen six mental-health clinics it closed this spring.</p><p>At a Logan Square forum about the clinics Wednesday night, Dart said too many people with mental illnesses lacked professional care. &ldquo;When we don&rsquo;t fund services properly, they end up in my jail,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>&ldquo;What we are, in fact, doing is criminalizing mental health,&rdquo; Dart said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re doing.&rdquo;</p><p>The audience, packed into a church near one of the shuttered clinics, burst into applause.</p><p>The forum&rsquo;s organizers handed out a press release that said Dart supported their calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s administration to reopen and fully staff the clinics.</p><p>Later, however, Dart told WBEZ he wasn&rsquo;t making any demands.</p><p>&ldquo;What I want is a thorough plan that we&rsquo;re going to be advocating for,&rdquo; Dart said. &ldquo;Could it involve more clinics? Could be. Could it involve more state money being funded for specific services? Could be. Literally nothing is off the table.&rdquo;</p><p>Dart said his office would come up with that plan by year&rsquo;s end.</p></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/dart-%E2%80%98we%E2%80%99re-criminalizing-mental-health%E2%80%99-102218