CANCELLED - Mental Health Action Team Meeting

The March 16th DuPage Mental Health Action Team meeting has been CANCELLED.

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Below is a brief update on the current mental health campaign progress towards crisis centers. 

Meeting with Mayors and Police Chiefs

At the last meeting, we took assignments to meet with key figures from Downers Grove , Naperville, Lisle and elsewhere. We met with Downers Grove and Naperville, but chose to hold off on other meetings as we think it is best to focus meeting with other potential allies (hospitals and mental health and addiction services providers) in order to secure long term buy-in and funding.

DuPage Health Coalition (DHC) Meeting

Mike Solberg, Jim Honig, Mary Hason, Renee Hyzy, and Rachel Brooks met with Kara Murphy (President of the DuPage Health Coalition), Karen Ayala (Executive Director of the DuPage County Public Health Department) and Tammy Pressley (Director of Gov’t and Public Affairs Northwestern Hospital) on February 8, 2017. The discussion was on how to move forward on a process to approach the DHC Board on a crisis center. The DHC does not want to see multiple crisis centers being pursued at once. We agreed to support a 6-8 week process of research that will conclude with a decision on whether to present a crisis center proposal to the DHC Board. We are maintaining urgency and trying to get firm dates on when the process starts and ends. The DHC hopes to start in “early spring.”

Naperville CIT meeting

Professor Shawna Rohrman spoke at a Naperville CIT stakeholders meeting at the request of Chief Bob Marshall via Commander Kathleen Anderson of Naperville Police Department. Since DU’s very first meeting with Chief Marshall over 2 years ago, he was clear that a crisis diversion center is a key priority for his officers and the families of Naperville. He asked Professor Rhorman to share DU’s research so that other stakeholders could interact with it and generate support. Naperville has been working to create a robust crisis intervention team network between providers, Fire department and others. See the attached notes of the meeting for more information.

Sinai Crisis Unit Tour on March 10, 2017

Debbie Fulks and Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI) leader, Bill Scown, toured the Sinai Holy Cross Crisis Stabilization Unit along with members of the DHC. The unit serves a population area of 1.4 million people. From July 22, 2015 - July 30, 2016 the 12 bed diversion center had just under 1,000 admissions of which 605 admission (~62.43%) were diverted away from inpatient treatment resulting in ~$4.14M of savings. The average length of time for an emergency room stay dropped from an average of 15.8 hours to 2.5 hours, saving 13.3 hours and allowing more patients to be served. The unit will expand to 32 beds in August and expects a (rough estimate) 110% increase in admissions. DHC members were very impressed with the results. See the attached notes from the tour.

Next Steps

Contact Rachel Brooks if you are able to help secure the action items below.

Hospital and Health Provider Relationships

We have done a good job of our relationships with police. We need to expand our relationships with CEOs and EDs of hospitals, mental health providers and addiction services. For example, Edwards-Elmhurst, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health & Hospital, Gateway Addiction Services in Aurora and West Chicago (Bill Scown met with the several years ago), Treatment Centers of Illinois in Lombard, and Rosecrance in Naperville, Hamdrad Health Center in Addison and other key/new service providers. We have a pending meeting with the executive director of NAMI DuPage whom we met with in the beginning of the campaign. These relationships will be important for a crisis center to be effective and have broad connections and support to community care.

School Relationships

The prepared and rapid response action team is meeting with DuPage Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti to build a relationship around public safety. We are asking that team to also include the issue of mental health. As this team secures other meetings with key principals and schools, members of the Mental Health Action Team may be asked to join and learn about what struggles school are seeing in children related to mental health. If you are able to secure a meeting with a key school districts, please contact Rachel Brooks and Adrienne McCauley so we do not duplicate efforts.