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Mental Health Movement protests closures of Chicago public clinics

The City of Chicago closed six public mental health clinics in the month of April, drawing protest from the “Mental Health Movement.”

The cuts, formalized in the 2012 city budget, save the Department of Public Health $2.3 millon. The department budget dropped 25 percent between 2011 and 2012.


Chicago police arrested 23 people on April 13 for barricading themselves inside the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic. Protesters set up outside the closed Northwest Mental Health Clinic on May 9.

Six public clinics remain open, and the city announced plans to partner with community health providers to expand mental health services.

Open mental health clinics are shown in green on the map below, closed clinics are red.