Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center hosted its 13th annual Town Hall Meeting on mental health care Friday, Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Skokie Public Library, located at 5215 Oakton Street. A panel of elected officials and local experts discussed the impact of the current political and economic climate on mental health services.
Top Photo L to R: Turning Point Chief Financial Officer and Panel Moderator Marsha Hahn, Illinois State Representative Robyn Gabel, Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, Illinois State Representative Laura Fine and Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin. Photo by Mitch Canoff.
Middle Photo L to R: President of Glenbrook Hospital Sean O’Grady, Elisa Todd, CJE Senior Life Aging and Disability Resource Network, NAMI-CCNS (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Executive Director Nancy Carstedt, NorthShore University HealthSystem Administrative Director of Psychiatry Deb Tabor, Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center Social Worker Sheila Fleming and Director of Behavioral Health Almu Ruiz, Niles Township Clerk Charles Levy, Skokie Board of Health Chair Dr. A. Michael Drachler, Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois Public Policy Social Worker Marvin Lindsey, and Skokie Public Library Director Carolyn Anthony. Photo by Mitch Canoff.
Bottom Photo U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s remarks about access and delivery of mental health care drew applause several times from the Town Hall meeting audience. Photo by Mitch Canoff.