Triage Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis to Open on South Side
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - March 23, 2016
Significant Decisions Made:
As announced by Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) CEO Jay Shannon, CCHHS, the Justice Advisory Council and the Chicago Police Department have worked together to develop a Community Triage Center on the south side of Chicago. This 24-hour a day center, opening soon, will enable police to bring anyone in mental health crisis or substance abuse crisis to the triage center for assessment and stabilizing before referral to other resources. This is intended to reduce incarceration and reduce regular emergency room use for these issues as has been done in the past. It will be more helpful to those people taken to the triage center and “reduce the human misery” of those in crisis. (Agenda Item #16-2039)
Cook County Sheriff’s officers will provide Extra Duty Police services (6:00pm-2:00am) to 3 Cook County Housing facilities in Ford Heights, Chicago Heights, and Robbins through an inter-governmental agreement. (16-0876)
A First Time Offender Drug diversion program has been given a contract through TASC, Inc. (Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities). This program is run through the State’s Attorney’s Office and provides consistency between this intervention program and the various court-mandated programs throughout the court system. (16-2079)
Another diversion program contract, to Heartland Human Care Services, Inc., working in the Juvenile Probation & Court Services Dept. has been extended and increased. This is run through Chief Judge Evans’ Office. (16-1155)
Topics Discussed and/or referred to Committee:
Items to watch for in the future:
Due to the lengthy Consent Calendar comments (1 1/2 hours), the regular 11:00 Board meeting was delayed until 1:50. Adjourned at about 3:00. This observer appreciates the short explanation by commissioners and the President of ordinances and resolutions brought up for vote—very helpful to the listening audience.
Observer: Karin Hribar
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