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Mental Health Centers Stay Open, For Now

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The city of Chicago is putting off a controversial move to close four of its mental health centers. But officials say the cuts are still in the works.

The closures were supposed to go into effect this weekend. But the Department of Public Health hasn’t mailed out notices to patients yet – something the city’s health commissioner has promised to do. A spokesman says the department is trying to help patients make a smooth transition to other city facilities … meanwhile, the four centers will remain open.

The city blames cuts in state funding. But some advocates say Chicago needs to step up. Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle is with Southside Together Organizing for Power.

GINSBERG-JAECKLE: The mayor knows full well that it’s within his power to keep these centers open. It’s just a question of political will.

Ginsberg-Jaeckle says the city should dip into emergency funds to save the centers. His group plans to protest the cuts this morning. They say the closures will leave a wide swath of the Southeast Side without mental health services.

The following mental health centers are to be closed and folded into the remaining clinics:

Back of the Yards, 4313 S. Ashland
Beverly-Morgan Park, 1987 W. 111th Street
Greater Grand, 4314 S. Cottage Grove
Woodlawn, 6337 S. Woodlawn

North River, 5801 N. Pulaski (possible)

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