Mental-Health Advocates Make Plea To Aldermen

Craig Dellimore
November 05, 2018 - 5:46 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Community groups on Monday tried, but failed, to get a hearing on their plea for more mental health services in their neighborhoods.

Dr. Arturo Carrillo, a mental health program director at St. Anthony Hospital, spoke for a coalition of community organizations. He told aldermen they were hoping to testify in support of a budget amendment to transfer $25 million to fund mental health services in Chicago. 

Ald. George Cardenas, 12th Ward, who chairs the City Council Health Committee, joined the call, saying there are too many areas of Chicago without adequate mental health services.

Advocates say the current allocation is only an additional $1.5 million -- and that is not enough.

The proposed amendment was not on the agenda of the City Council Budget Committee. The panel’s chair, 34th Ward Ald. Carrie Austin, would not take any testimony or hear arguments.