Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center hosts its 13th annual Town Hall Meeting on mental health care Friday, Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. registration and breakfast; 10:00 a.m. panel) at the Skokie Public Library, located at 5215 Oakton Street. A panel of elected officials and local experts will discuss the impact of the current political and economic climate on mental health services. The Town Hall meeting is open to the public. Admission is free and reservations are not required. For more information visit www.tpoint.org or call Turning Point at 847-933-0051 ext. 442.
Turning Point CEO Ann Fisher Raney said, “Each year at our Town Hall Meeting, we welcome more than 100 community members who are avidly interested in understanding the complexities of mental health funding, service provisions, and public education. This forum provides lawmakers and residents with a unique opportunity to strengthen our collective capacity to respond to challenges in providing mental health services.”
Panelist attendance is subject to change based on their schedules and availability. Scheduled to appear are:
Panelists: U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss; Illinois State Representatives Lou Lang, Robyn Gabel and Laura Fine; Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen.
Local experts: Skokie Public Library Director Carolyn Anthony; NAMI-CCNS (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Executive Director Nancy Carstedt; Skokie Board of Health Chair Dr. A. Michael Drachler; Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center Director of Health Operations Tiosha Goss and Clinical Director Behavioral Health Services Sheila Fleming; NorthShore University HealthSystem Administrative Director of Psychiatry Deb Tabor and President of Glenbrook Hospital Sean O’Grady; Elisa Todd, CJE Senior Life Aging and Disability Resource Network; Niles Township Clerk Charles Levy; and Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois Public Policy Social Worker Marvin Lindsey.