Faith, healthcare, elected and community leaders came together with Sinai staff and caregivers to celebrate the unveiling of a comprehensive array of new behavioral health services to meet the needs of thousands of youth and adults who struggle to find accessible, convenient mental healthcare in Chicago. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Chicago’s Southwest side at Holy Cross Hospital — one of Sinai’s seven member organizations.
Karen Teitelbaum, Sinai Health System President and CEO, Monsignor Michael Boland, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, State Senator Mattie Hunter, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and community advocate Imelda Salazar provided remarks before joining State Representative Mary Flowers, Sisters of St. Casimir Center, several Sinai board members and behavioral health caregivers to cut the ribbon and officially unveil the new behavioral health services.
JT worked alongside Sinai to secure several media stories and manage all event logistics for the ribbon cutting, which included a speaking program and tours of two different behavioral health facilities — a 24-bed inpatient treatment unit at Holy Cross Hospital that will provide short-term clinical care for adults, and an outpatient clinic for youth and adults, located at the nearby Catholic Charities St. Casimir Center.
Sinai’s behavioral health service expansion comes as Chicagoans are finding it hard to access the behavioral healthcare they need. In recent years, the City of Chicago has closed half of its mental health clinics and the State has cut more than 30 percent of its budget for mental health services. In fact, Cook County Jail is currently the largest provider of mental health services in Illinois, and police are increasingly dealing with violence created by addiction and mental health crises. Sinai has been a longtime, leading provider of behavioral health services in some of Chicago’s most underserved communities. Their new facilities and services will enable it to expand its reach to treat more individuals affected by mental illness.
Nearly 100,000 people engaged with On the Table in 2017 on social media; through workshops; and as hosts, participants and partners around 5,800 tables in every Chicago neighborhood and throughout suburban communities.
Sinai Urban Health Institute recently unveiled new findings from the largest community-driven, face-to-face health survey ever conducted in Chicago. The findings showed there continue to be significant, sometimes devastating disparities in the health and wellness of different racial and ethnic groups in Chicago, exacerbated in certain communities.