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Responses to 2015 Chicago Elections Mental Health Survey

[ February 4, 2015 | 0 comments ]
The Mental Health Movement's 2015 Candidate Survey Results

We sent the following survey to the addresses listed with the Chicago Board of Elections for all candidates for all 50 aldermanic races as well as all Mayoral candidates. Below the survey you will see a summary of the results and then links to the actual surveys that were returned.

We are also including in our summary below the responses from all five mayoral candidates to questions regarding mental health services asked by Access Living.

The Mental Health Movement does not endorse candidates, we are providing this information for public education and in the interest of increasing the visibility of pressing mental health policy issues during the elections and beyond.
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Dear Candidate:

Mental health and wellness are important healthcare concerns for all Chicago citizens and their families.  The Mental Health Movement was founded to fight for public mental health services and to ensure that free and accessible mental healthcare is made available to all. 

In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed six city mental health clinics.  This has resulted in a disastrous public health problem.  Chicago is currently facing the following mental health crisis in its six remaining city clinics:
  • Three of the six mental health clinics have no full-time psychiatrist or no psychiatrist at all.
  • City mental health clinics do not accept Medicaid managed care plans for insurance.
  • Consumers of mental health services are going without medication, placing them at risk for psychiatric relapse because the clinics are understaffed.

Please take the time to fill out the enclosed survey to share your views on public mental health services with our organization so that we can be better informed about your platform for office.

We appreciate your support for public mental health services in Chicago. 
 

Sincerely,
N'Dana Carter
Organizer, Mental Health Movement

MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT
2015 Candidate Questionnaire

Do you have any experience with individuals living with mental health issues? Please provide details if you are comfortable doing so:   

Briefly describe your key priorities and issues if elected or re-elected.  _______________________

1)  In 2012, the Chicago Department of Public Health closed 6 of its 12 clinics resulting in disruption of care for clients and a reduction in services to Chicago residents, especially in low income, underserved communities.   Research indicates that there is a significant unmet need for mental health services throughout the city.

• Would you support an addition of $2.71 million to the CDPH budget each year over four years to open (or reopen) two mental health clinics each year?

2)  For many years CDPH has not conducted any educational effort to increase public awareness about the importance of seeking mental health services and about the availability of city mental health services.

• Would you support efforts to require CDPH to conduct a public education campaign with an initial focus on communities near the current six clinics?

3)  CDPH argued that it closed mental health clinics due to budget constraints but it has repeatedly failed to pursue revenue-generating options for the mental health centers. In fact, management problems with billing the state for services have resulted in a loss in revenue numerous times.

• Would you support efforts to get CDPH to join managed care networks in order to be able to bill for services provided to new ACA Medicaid patients (including CountyCare)

• Would you support efforts to ensure an open admissions policy at all CDPH mental  health clinics to bring in much-needed revenue and expand options for those seeking services?

• Would you support efforts to ensure adequate billing procedures at CDPH?

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SURVEY RESULTS
Click on individual candidate names for access to actual survey. The results in this table represent the Mental Health Movement's summary of candidate responses as submitted to us. For the three mayoral candidates who did not respond to our survey (Rahm Emanuel, Bob Fioretti and Willie Wilson), we included in the table the answer they gave to Access Living when asked if they would re-open the 6 mental health clinics the city closed in 2012.


 
MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT SURVEY RESPONSES
Survey was sent to all aldermanic and mayoral candidates
 
Columns are questions asked of candidates. Click on Candidate names to see copy of actual survey responses.
Personal experience with mental illness
 
 
Key issues and priorities
Support  adding $2.7 mil to CDPH budget for next 4 yrs to Open 2 MH clinic each year
Support CDPH MH public ed. campaign w/ focus on the CDPH mental health clinics
Support CDPH  join managed care
Open admission to all CDPH clinics
Support adequate billing procedures at CDPH clinics

Mayoral Candidates

Did not respond to Mental Health Movement survey. On Access Living Survey did not answer with yes or no to question about re-opening the 6 mental health clinics that he closed.
Did not respond to Mental Health Movement survey. On Access Living Survey said yes to question about re-opening the 6 closed city mental health clinics.
 
 
Priority is to have a city where the guiding principle is fairness and equity;  ensure that are neighborhoods have the resources they need
Yes. Support city funding of mh clinic; client and comm. invol. in clinic mgmt;
Yes. CDPH & other city agencies should part. in ed. campaigns to remove stigma
Yes
Yes
Yes
Several family members and friends
 
Estab. public safety svcs; tax reform;  dev.  & maintain public Infrastructure; senior safety;   reopen & rehab closed schools; dev pgms to emply;  supp elected school bd; 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Did not respond to Mental Health Movement survey. On Access Living Survey said yes to question about re-opening the 6 closed city mental health clinics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Aldermanic Candidates

1st Ward
Yes. Father was a Social Worker
 
Public  Safety; reopen public schools and fund;  funding mh clinics.  We need to look and act for the long term and not the short term.
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
1st Ward
Yes. Worked in field and family member
 
Prioritize voice of community (zoning, pawn shops, etc); support : public education, fully staffed policing, caucus w/ Prog Reform Coalition
Yes. Have publicly called for reinstatement of closed mental health clinics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
2nd Ward
Yes  through neighborhood watch
City services for the 2nd Ward: zoning, public safety, health & social svcs, schools, streets & san, economic development.
Yes. Public mh efforts hel p indiv. And help prevent crime& lower costs
Yes.  Funded pub. Awareness camp. Will help our citizens be well
Yes. CDPH  should use the most effective method to bill for services
Yes. Patients should be able to access the services that they need
Yes
2nd Ward
Yes.  Was in relationship w/ bipolar partner for two years
Community led economic development;  advocate for CDPH mh svcs for clients, reopen 6 mh clinics & caretaker; elected school bd; moratorium on TIFS
Yes.  We didn’t have enough mh svcs before close; effects of closures seen city-wide: increase in petty crimes & in domestic  violence
Yes.  MH care is an import.  to health. Encouraging resid.  to seek help could prevent tragedies save the city $$.
 
Yes.  Let’s take advantage of any network partnerships to pay & increase service options
 
Yes.  Absolutely
Yes. It generates more revenue it is a no brainer
 
2nd Ward
Yes. Ex Dir w/ IL Coalition to End Homelessness
Invest in stronger public education: better fund & hire more teachers; Building safer communities; Strengthening ethics and transparency practices w/in city government
Yes. I opposed closing clinics. Our neighbors relied on the clinics, closing clinics was akin to throwing them to the curb.
Yes.
 
Yes
 
Yes. Under no circumstances should any one  seeking mh svcs be turned down
 
Yes
 
5th Ward
Yes
 
Economic dev: jobs, businesses, etc.; Social stabilization:  housing, schools; Safety/Security: comprehensive partnerships w/: block clubs, police, community groups, schools; Quality of Life: upgrade ward public parks, beach, etc.
Yes.   I am an advocate to restore funding to reopen mh clinics; this is a privatization effort shifting resources & they deliver worse services
Yes.  My ward off. Is open to educating residents about mental health services and issues
 
Yes.  We also need to examine the millions wasted on mgmt; priv. contracts, etc.
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
 
 
 
7th Ward
Yes.
 
 
Crime, senior safety, reinvest in CPS schools, eliminate food desserts, eliminating homelessness for children and veterans, opening a mh clinic
Yes
Yes. I would support initiatives  & also locatre any additional private funds for mh clinics
Yes. Support any initiative that eliminates waste & improves svcs
Yes
Yes. I support effort to ensure adequate billing procedures at CDPH by requesting forensic  audit
7th Ward
Yes.  Self - PTSD after losing son
 
Improve: employment;  education; econ. Dev; community dev.; comm. Svcs mgmt; restore svcs for mh; community policing
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
8th Ward
Yes. Family member
 
Improve: Public education; public community services; how money is allocated to special interest groups and corporations.
Yes opening and/or reopening mh clinics is a priority
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
8th Ward
Yes to some degree
 
Transparency, safety, job development & creation
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
9th Ward
Yes. With  3 students in my class I am a CPS teacher
Revitalize business district in Roseland; provide safe haven for community youth
Yes, this should not be forced is should be done because it is the right thing to do.
Yes. The closed mh clinics frustrated parents – children do not receive help they need
 
Yes. I’ve 4 family in healthcare who talk about how import. The mh clinics for patient care
Yes
 
Yes
 
9th Ward
Yes. Family member
 
 
Improve quality of life through: dev.  Roseland Med District; Red line extension to altgeld, transit dev.
Yes. Psychiatric svcs are essential to stab. Children, teens & adults. The US HHS says blacks are 20% more likely to report mental distress
Yes by promoting mh & prevent. M illness; reduce # who enjoy good mh & reduce suicides, deaths
 
Yes.
 
Yes.  This is important & want to discuss with mhm
 
Yes.  Appropriate billing, insurance & accounting policies should be incur. At CDPH
 
9th Ward
Yes.  Parent is a therapist
Small bus. & econ. Development, education, youth development, environ, public safety, govern transparency, moratorium on red lights, TIF account., support term limits
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
11th Ward
Yes, family member, volunteered w/ mh organizations
Develop community resources, establish ward night, public safety, etc.
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
15th Ward
Rafael YaƱez
Yes
 
Reopening CPS schools, reopen closed mental health clinics, improve social service resources in 15th ward
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
17th Ward
Yes suffered w/ depression in past
Decrease unemployment, reopen CPS schools, fight home foreclosures, work w/ CAPS
Yes.  Closing were a tremendous disserve to the community
Yes.  Join w/ business,  community & religious groups to support mh educa.
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
21st Ward
Yes, family member
Homelessness, education, minimum wages, crime, business, job, senior issues & health
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
24th Ward
Yes, as substance abuse service provider
Would like to revisit the crisis caused by closure of community mental health centers due to funding
Yes
Yes
 
Yes, I would, it is critical to the community
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
25th Ward
Yes personal and friends
Employment, minimum wage, greater funding CPS schools and public services & mh clinics
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
26th Ward
Yes, family members
Independence, accountability, public safety, schools, living wage jobs
Wants to expand services, needs more information about cost
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
 
 
26th Ward
Yes. CPS school Psychologist
Public Safety, Education and Economic development and creation
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
 
 
29th Ward
Yes.  Cook County Public Defender;  24 years trying many mental patients
 
Reopen CDPH mental health clinics, strengthen CPS schools and strengthen the delivery of City service
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
29th Ward
Yes
 
Improve City services, economic justice, job creation, affordable housing, improved public services, fully funded public schools, improved public safety, environmental sustainability, racial equality in all areas
Yes.  City life is stressful & urban poverty is the most stressful of all.
 Yes.  We need people to understand the importance of good mental health in a stressful environment
Yes.  I support and will ask for additional funding
 
Yes. 
 
Yes
 
31st Ward
Yes. Family & friends
 
 
Reduce crime, create community development youth and adults, street intervention youth program to reduce gang activity and reopen closed mh clinic
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
32nd Ward
 
 
 
Change the system, make sure elected officials and advocates get the information they need to make informed decisions
Yes
Yes - Especially target communities around former clinics nad the clients who went there to alleviate many of the issues city currently inadequately addressing
 
Yes - We have asked city to join managed care networks during budget hearings and will continue to do so
 
Yes
 
Yes - and need better accounting and data practices at CDPH
 
33rd Ward
 
Improve city services
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
33rd Ward
Tim Meegan, CPS teacher. Yes.   Family & students
Economic justice, increase min. wage to $15 now, fully funded CPS schools & mh clinics, end privatization
Yes. The alleged savings was a drop in the bucket compared to the public money given to private dev.
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
36th Ward
 
 
City budget(progressive tax swap), Education, Economic dev., Public Safety and City Services
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
36th Ward
Yes, Librarian, patrons with mental illiness
Improving CPS schools, decreasing municipal debt with cutting our desperately need constituent services & reducing crime
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
37th Ward
Yes.  Family member, bi-polar
 
Violence: finding comprehensive solutions for reducing it; equitable economic development, funding CPS schools
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
40th Ward
Yes. Former Social Worker
 
Redistribute money from downtown tourism to neighborhoods & services for residents: community based health facilities, schools, local bus.
Yes.  Our democracy needs to live up to our contract w/ the people.  Money needs to
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes.  Our city suffers from a lack of humanity in budget – this should not be a Benefit problem it is a priority on funding problem.
46th Ward
Yes. Service Coor. w/ Habilitative Sys. Inc
Restoring cuts in City Services, Affordable housing, developing infrastructure to provide jobs, elected school board, abolish TIF, Return money to parks & schools
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
46th Ward
Yes.  Family friend: bipolar
Safety, economic development improving CPS schools, improving affordable housing & providing excellent constituent services.
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
49th Ward
Yes, with now-deceased family member
Improve schools with more wrap-around services, go after problem building owners, business development to fill store fronts, better service in ward office, re-open one of mental health clinics in ward.
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes, and declare TIF surplus and use some of those funds for CDPH to expand mental health services
 

 


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