WBEZ | Helena Carnes-Jeffries http://www.wbez.org/tags/helena-carnes-jeffries Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Ask Me Why: To forgive, but not forget http://www.wbez.org/story/abuse/ask-me-why-forgive-not-forget-83884 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-17/shadow face photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This next installment of <a href="../../../../../../series/ask-me-why">Ask Me Why</a> tackles a painful, hot-button topic: Should convicted sex offenders stay on a permanent registry that documents their offenses? Or, should they be removed from the list after some period of time?</p><p>Helena Carnes-Jeffries, 36, picked the topic. You may have heard her on our airwaves last month talking about <a href="../../../../../../story/budget-cuts/dear-chicago-don%E2%80%99t-forget-mentally-ill">her struggles with mental illness</a> that stem from the childhood sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. When she learned that her father had abused other victims, she felt like the system had failed to protect others, just as it failed to protect her.</p><p>Carnes-Jeffries&rsquo; conversation partner was friend and fellow writer Betsy Benefield, who is in her early 50s. Inspired in part by her Christian faith, Benefield felt strongly that even people who have committed the most heinous of crimes deserve a shot at redemption.</p><p>When Benefield revealed her own personal stake in this topic, the exchange turned into a meditation on forgiveness. How do you know when it&rsquo;s time to forgive? And how can you make sure someone has really changed? You can hear an edited version of their conversation in the audio posted above.</p><p><a href="../../../../../../series/ask-me-why">Ask Me Why</a> is produced in collaboration with the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.prairie.org/">Illinois Humanities Council</a>, and was made possible by a grant from The Boeing Company. If you and someone you know are interested in participating in this series, you can download the application form <a target="_blank" href="http://www.prairie.org/ask-me-why">here</a>.</p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/abuse/ask-me-why-forgive-not-forget-83884 Dear Chicago: Don’t forget the mentally ill http://www.wbez.org/story/helena-carnes-jeffries/dear-chicago-don%E2%80%99t-forget-mentally-ill <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Helena_6725.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The tight economy has governments cutting back where they can, and that has many Chicago residents worried the social safety net is getting frayed.</p> <div>For example, outside of Medicaid, the state provides the bulk of mental health care funding, which is channeled to the City of Chicago and private non-profits who provide direct services. But the state cut funding levels last year, and that left thousands of the working poor without mental health care.</div></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/helena-carnes-jeffries/dear-chicago-don%E2%80%99t-forget-mentally-ill Dear Chicago: Don’t forget the mentally ill http://www.wbez.org/story/budget-cuts/dear-chicago-don%E2%80%99t-forget-mentally-ill <p><br/><div id="PictoBrowser120123125801">&nbsp;</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "514", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Dear Chicago: Don't forget the mentally ill"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157628999082923"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "always"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "top"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "69"); so.write("PictoBrowser120123125801"); </script><div>The tight economy has governments cutting back where they can, and that has many Chicago residents worried the social safety net is getting frayed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For example, outside of Medicaid, the state provides the bulk of mental health care funding, which is channeled to the City of Chicago and private non-profits who provide direct services. But the state cut funding levels last year, and that left thousands of the working poor without mental health care.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Trilogy Inc., a behavioral health care provider in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, receives over 70 percent of its $3.9 million budget from grants and contracts with the State of Illinois. According to a statement from Trilogy, state funding cuts pulled $550,000 from their budget compared to the previous year. Cut backs forced them to eliminate staff and close upwards of 140 client cases.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the clients affected by these cuts was Helena Carnes-Jeffries, 35. She experienced childhood sexual abuse and was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She had been a Trilogy client for 10 years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In this commentary Carnes-Jeffries asks that Chicago’s new mayor and aldermen address gaps in mental health-care funding and pick up where the state left off.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ’s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/content-initatives">Partnership Program</a>. Helena Carnes-Jeffries was nominated for the series by the <a href="http://www.jot.org/">Neighborhood Writing Alliance</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/budget-cuts/dear-chicago-don%E2%80%99t-forget-mentally-ill