Instead of more policing, a model to provide more services

Chicago has many more service providers than many other localities, offering the possibility of a broad web of services. But their capacity is far from enough to meet the need.  It doesn’t help that Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed six mental health clinics in his first budget.

“At every level of government – at the federal level, the state level, Cook County, the city – dollars that go for human services have been on a downward trajectory for well over ten years,” said Judith Gethner, executive director of Illinois Partners for Human Services.