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Mental Health vs. Daley

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, the Mental Health Movement presented Mayor Daley's staff with the following list of demands:

1. Save our clinics.

Put up the funds to keep our clinics open and fully staffed even in the case where there are state cuts. It would take $18 million or 0.3 percent of the city budget to fully fund and staff city mental health centers

2. Hire more psychiatrists.

Right now there are 3.5 full-time equivalent psychiatrists for the 6,000 patients that come to the mental health clinics of the city of Chicago. That's just not enough psychiatrists.

3. Nothing about us without us.

Disband the current mental health task force and replace it with one that is composed of those most affected by mental health services.

4. No privatization of city-operated mental health services.

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Also, from The Beachwood Mental Health Desk:

LOOMING SOCIAL SERVICES APOCALYPSE?

Background: Chicago Psych Olympics.

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After the "Save Our Clinics Action Event June 15th" there are State MH call-ins the next three days - for agencies 6/16 and consumers 6/17, re/"Changes in financial eligibility and utilization management / DHS/DMH budget and contracting process."

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JUNE 16TH: FOR PROVIDERS

Community Providers,

DHS/DMH would like to invite you to participate in a statewide teleconference with Director Jones on Wednesday, June 16th, 10:00 - 11:30.

Dr. Jones will share the most current information regarding the DHS/DMH budget and contracting process.

In addition, DMH staff will review changes between the FY10 and FY11 Attachment B and an introduction to the Division's Utilization Management program.

Individuals are encouraged to call in early so that you can be registered and in conference at the start of the call. The dial-in number is at the bottom of this email. The call will be moderated with a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

Jackie Manker, LCSW
DHS/DMH Associate Director for Community Services

DHS/DMH TELECONFERENCE INFORMATION
Date: June 16, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Number: 800-288-8968
Call Type: Moderated/No passcode needed
Title: DHS/DMH FY11 Attachment B

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JUNE 17TH: FOR CONSUMERS

There is a special consumer education call-in scheduled for Thursday, June 17th, 10:00am-11:30am. The purpose of this call is to inform consumers about anticipated changes in financial eligibility and utilization management AND to receive input/hear questions from consumers regarding the same.

DATE: June 17, 2010

TIME: 10:00am - 11:30am [Note: Please dial in no earlier than 9:45am, per audioconferencing regulations]

TOPIC: Changes in financial eligibility and utilization management

DIAL IN NUMBER: 1-800-288-8968

PASSCODE: None needed

MEETING TITLE: Consumer Education

You will be on hold with music until the host opens the conference call. If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please press "0" from your phone during the audio conference.

As a courtesy to others and to improve sound quality, please mute your phone when not speaking.

Note: This call will NOT replace the regularly scheduled Consumer Education call-in on June 24th.

ABOUT CONSUMER EDUCATION & SUPPORT CALLS:

For all persons living with mental illnesses and receiving mental health services, this call is for you! The call contains specific information relative to consumers of mental health services. This call is uniquely and specifically designed to provide education and support for all consumers of publicly funded mental health services in Illinois.

This is your opportunity to

- receive information directly from the Division of Mental Health (DMH)

- ask your questions directly to the DMH

- express your thoughts, concerns, comments, and suggestions directly to the DMH

ABOUT STAFF PARTICIPATION:

Staff are welcome to listen in as well. However, the primary purpose of the call is to ensure that consumers have an opportunity to receive information, ask questions, and provide input.

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JUNE 18TH: FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

There is a special parent/caregiver call-in scheduled for Friday June 18th 12:15pm -1:15pm. The purpose of this call is to inform parents/caregivers about anticipated changes in financial eligibility and utilization management related to the services received by their children from community mental health providers AND to receive input/hear questions from parents/caregivers regarding the same.

DATE: June 18th, 2010
TIME: 12:15pm-1:15pm [Note: Please dial in no earlier than 12:00pm, per audioconferencing regulations]

TOPIC: Changes in financial eligibility and utilization management

DIAL-IN NUMBER: 1-866-254-5937
PASSCODE: 161557

MEETING TITLE: Parent/Cargiver call-in

You will be on hold with music until the host opens the conference call. If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please press "0" from your phone during the audio conference.

As a courtesy to others and to improve sound quality, please mute your phone when not speaking.

This is your opportunity to

- receive information directly from the Division of Mental Health (DMH)
- ask your questions directly to the DMH
- express your thoughts, concerns, comments, and suggestions directly to the DMH

ABOUT STAFF PARTICIPATION:

Staff are welcome to listen in as well. However, the primary purpose of the call is to ensure that parents/caregivers have an opportunity to receive information, ask questions, and provide input.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on June 16, 2010


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