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Quentin Young Speaks at Chicago Press Conference Re: the Closing of City Mental Health Clinics

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
May 1, 2012

Quentin Young, MD, Chairman and Founder of HMPRG spoke yesterday at a Chicago press conference calling attention to the City’s plan to close six mental health clinics.  Dr. Young pointed out the need for increased public investment in behavioral health as part of a comprehensive approach to coordinating and reforming our health system.  Dr. Young also talked about the use of our prison system as the defacto mental health system in our country as continue to cut budgets at City, County, State and Federal levels.  Reliance on the criminal justice system will neither improve people’s mental health nor reduce health care spending.

 Below are some links leading to coverage of the "Occupy City Hall-Chicago" Protests. 

http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2012/04/30/mental-health-advocates-decry-clinic-closings

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/30/chicago-mental-health-pro_n_1465673.html

http://capriciousyetconstant.tumblr.com/post/22131986891/live-from-occupied-chicago-city-hall

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/04/30/fight-for-mental-health-clinic-comes-to-obama-campaign-headquarters/

NBC photos: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Occupy-City-Hall-132648913.html