Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center hosted its 17th Annual Town Hall Meeting on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Skokie Public Library.
The panel of elected officials and local experts discussed mental health care access and the impact of current political and economic factors on mental health services. The Town Hall meeting was open to the public; more than 100 persons attended.
“I never miss this event because it is real people talking about real problems,” commented Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin in his opening remarks.
In a discussion of the impact of recent immigration activities on the mental health of those who perceive themselves at risk George Van Dusen, Skokie Mayor, emphasized, “the Village of Skokie does not ask the immigration status of those seeking village services. And we do not turn people in to ICE (U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement).”
During a discussion about The Living Room at Turning Point, CEO Ann Fisher Raney stated, “since opening in 2011, The Living Room at Turning Point has received over 1,600 visits and saved almost $3.5 million in emergency room visits.” Turning Point’s Living Room program offers an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for adults in crisis. The Living Room’s talented team, which includes therapists and trained Recovery Support Specialists, works to help guests resolve their presenting crises with a supportive and empathic approach.
At the close of the Town Hall Meeting panelists were available to continue discussions with attendees.